MADERA COUNTY – Two overdue hunters have been located by Madera County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue Team. They are reportedly in OK condition and are heading home.
Earlier today, the Sheriff’s Office mobilized a search for the pair, reportedly missing in the area of Muglers Meadow, located in the Sierra National Forest.
Muglers Meadow is located off Beasore Road near Chiquito Ridge, at altitudes of 6,000 to more than 7,000 feet, and is situated in the headwaters of Chiquito Creek. Other landmarks include Jackass Creek and Granite Creek.
The wilderness, known for its pristine views, is also some of the most rugged terrain in the Sierra National Forest.
The two missing men were a 69-year-old Oakhurst man and a 43-year-old Salinas man.
The Sheriff’s Office received a call from a family member just before midnight last night. Deputies were advised the two hunters were expected home earlier in the evening but failed to show up.
Deputies drove to the area last night, which is about an hour from Oakhurst, but were unable to locate the vehicle reportedly taken by the pair when they headed out earlier in the day. The Sheriff’s Office Search & Rescue Team mobilized a foot search team at sunrise.
Both men were located just after 1 p.m. this afternoon.
Following are the opening and closing dates of California hunting seasons per the California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations for the hunting season 2014 through 2015. Hunters are urged to double-check all dates with the Department of Fish and Wildlife before hunting.
Oct. 4: Opening of duck season and dark goose season in the Northeastern California Zone, including scaup.
Oct. 4: Opening of early Canada goose season in the Balance of the State Zone. Limit is 10 Canada geese.
Oct. 4: Opening of archery deer season in zone D-12 and D-19. Opening of general deer season zone D-19.
Oct. 5: Closing of general deer season zones C-4.
Oct. 8: Closing day of the early Canada goose season in the Balance of the State Zone.
Oct. 11: Opening general deer season zones D-11, D-13, D-14, D-15 and D-17.
Oct. 11: Opening of archery-only season for pheasants.
Oct. 17: Opening day of waterfowl season in the Colorado River Zone.
Oct. 18: Opening chukar hunting season.
Oct. 18: Opening of waterfowl season in the Balance of the State Zone, the Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone and the Southern California Zone.
Oct. 18: Opening of general quail season (Q1).
Oct. 19: Closing of general deer season in zones B-6 and C-1.
Oct. 25: Opening general deer season D-16.
Oct. 26: Closing of archery deer season in zone D-12. Closing of general deer season zones B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, C-2, C-3, D-8, D-9 and D-10.
Oct. 31: Opening of white goose season in the Northeastern California Zone.
Deer zone maps can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/wildlife/hunting/deer/deermaps.html