May 26, 2018
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Wardens come to aid of lost Houlton hunter

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

HODGDON, Maine — A 22-year-old Houlton hunter who was reported missing by his family when he failed to return to his truck late Saturday was located Sunday in a bog in Hodgdon.

Wardens and other searchers were working Sunday afternoon to rescue T.J. Quint Jr. from the “very spongy, difficult area of a bog,” according to Edie Smith of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Quint appeared to be unharmed, was drinking water and was talking with wardens from across the bog, she said in a press release.

Quint had left his home at 5 a.m. Saturday to go bird hunting. When he failed to return to his truck after dark, his relatives notified the Maine Warden Service.

Warden service K-9 teams searched through Saturday night but failed to find Quint. On Sunday, replacement K-9 teams were on the ground along with other game wardens, members of the Border Patrol and the Maine Forest Service, Hodgdon firefighters, Maine Search and Rescue dogs and local volunteers. A Border Patrol pilot assisted from the air.

On Sunday morning, Quint was located in a bog near South Townline Road in Hodgdon by Game Warden Michelle Merrifield and her K-9. Quint lost his way on Saturday in a large area of farmland with several all-terrain vehicle trails, wardens at the scene told Smith. “He got turned around and was unable to find his way out,” they said.

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