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Missing, Injured Hunter Survives Off Beef-Jerky

BEND, Ore. - An elk hunter is recovering after spending four days and three nights stranded in a central Oregon forest with just a small bag of beef jerky to sustain him.

KTVZ-TV reports 48-year-old Alan Hewitt, of Prineville, Ore., went elk hunting on horseback on Thanksgiving but was injured in a fall.

He endured freezing temperatures in the Ochoco National Forest and survived on the beef jerky until two men found him Sunday.

Darrel Hover, of Bend, and his father thought they saw a red backpack in the snow. It was Hewitt. They took him to a hospital in Bend, about 120 miles southeast of Portland.

The Crook County sheriff's office rescued Hewitt's two horses.

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Information from: KTVZ-TV, http://www.ktvz.com/

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