Lost & Found: Hunter Says It's a Miracle He's Alive

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A hunter who had been missing for two weeks after being lost in the Big Horn Mountains of Yyoming is now back at home.

When 39-year-old Travis McMahan decided to go hunting, he only planned to be gone for a couple of hours, so he saw no need to take gloves, food or water.

Then Travis got lost while trying to return to the campground where he and two hunting buddies were staying.

"First I started following my old tracks then they got covered," McMahan explained. Then I was following the sky and then it got covered with snow. Then I figured well, I'll just be smart and follow the creek. When I got to the creek and followed it I followed it the wrong way."

He spent three nights in the woods before stumbling upon shelter.

"I saw a cabin and thought great," he said.

McMahan broke into the cabin where he found food and supplies. He held out little hope that he'd ever be found alive.

"Well, I knew that my dad wouldn't quit looking for me. But I was way far off from where I knew they had probably called off the search," he said.

Two weeks passed before McMahan was rescued. Two days after rescuers had called off the search for him.

"When I saw my dad on top of the hill yelling my name, and it was just like I finally dropped to my knees," he recalled. "Thank God. Because I was starting to make deals with God. Please get me out of this situation. I'll go to church every Sunday. Stuff like that."

McMahan refused medical treatment after his ordeal. He knows it's nothing short of a miracle that he was found alive.

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Charlene  Aaron

Charlene Aaron

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