SD Spring Turkey 2011 206The Northern Plains is a spectacular region in which to hunt. With abundant Badlands topography and the dark timber of the Black Hills, a sportsman can find deer, wild turkeys, elk, and even mountain goats. However, weather is one of the challenges of hunting this country, where the Boy Scout motto certainly rings true. Storms can dump snow onto unsuspecting hunters even in late April, as two senior turkey hunters recently found out. How long can two guys survive when they’re trapped in a blizzard? This post from OutdoorHub tells the tale:

The search for brothers Gary Wipf, 74, and Clifford Wipf, 83, ended on Tuesday afternoon when they were discovered by a Forest Service employee involved with rescue efforts. The two elderly men were on an annual turkey hunt in South Dakota’s Black Hills when a spring snow storm moved into the area and deposited at least nine inches of snow in less than a day. The Pennington County Sheriff’s Office reported that despite being stranded in blizzard conditions for more than two days, both brothers seem to be doing fine.

“They’re probably sick of each other,” Clifford Wipf’s son, Kim, told the Rapid City Journal. “And, they probably need a shower.”

Family members said that the brothers are avid hunters…

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Joe Byers
Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.