Coshocton, Ohio — A missing bowhunter walked out of woods in Coshocton County tired but unharmed Sept. 30, the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office reported.
Timothy J. Miller, 46, of North Ridgeville, Ohio, told reporters he followed a road used by vehicles and followed it until he was found by passing a motorist near where he initially was reported lost by a hunting companion, according to the Zanesville Times-Recorder.
Miller said he had dialed 911 and a dispatcher with the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office tried to help him find the road, but it was no use after his phone went dead. Local residents and emergency personnel searched for Miller on the night of Sept. 29 and again on Sept. 30.
“My phone has GPS on it, but it’s not too smart when it’s dead,” Miller told the Times-Recorder newspaper.
Miller told the newspaper he sat against a tree the night of Sept. 29 and tried to get some sleep. About 7 a.m. Sept. 30, Miller said, he tried to call his hunting companion but his phone went dead again.
A search had resumed Sept. 30 in Coshocton County near Wills Creek for Miller, who had gone missing Sept. 29 about 9 p.m., on the second day of archery season.
The Coshocton Tribune reported Miller and his hunting companion were bowhunting near routes 83 and 410 during the weekend. Miller’s hunting companion left the woods as Miller stayed to hunt and eventually became lost, the newspaper reported.
The search was conducted on land owned by the American Electric Power Co., said Jay Abele, DOW District 4 law enforcement supervisor.
The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office said several area fire departments, including Conesville, Washington and Jackson Township, and a helicopter from the Ohio Highway Patrol, along with the Ohio Division of Wildlife, assisted in the search for Miller.
AEP allows hunting on “public hunting and fishing areas," according to the company’s website. Hunters and anglers must have required licenses and permits and all-terrain vehicles are not permitted.
Ohio’s statewide deer archery season runs through Feb 2, according to the DOW. Hunters can harvest only one buck. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes past sunset for all deer seasons.