Arnold Dowdy, 59, was found early Thursday afternoon about five miles from where he separated from his hunting partner.
Dowdy had last been seen Tuesday afternoon. He was dehydrated and suffered some from exposure after spending nights outdoors in temperatures that dipped to 28 degrees, Chief Boise County Deputy Dale Rogers said.
The terrain where Dowdy was found at about 1 p.m. is too steep to drive a vehicle in, Rogers said. He was being taken to a Boise hospital by air ambulance.
Other members of Dowdy’s hunting party reported him missing at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday. They called after he failed to return to the group’s camp located north of Idaho City, about 6 1/2 miles north of Highway 21 near Pilot’s Peak.
Dowdy and one other hunter in the party started tracking game together Tuesday. Dowdy and his friend split up and Dowdy left his ATV, Rogers said. When his friend returned to their meeting spot in the afternoon, the ATV was still there, but Dowdy hadn’t come back.
Twelve to 15 searchers, including members of Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue volunteers, combed the area looking for Dowdy Wednesday and Thursday, Rogers said.
He suggested people remain together when they’re in the mountains. They should also carry enough food, water, clothing and a fire source in case of trouble.