Four hog hunters emerged safe from the woods, trophy head in-hand, after they got stranded in rural Dallas County early Tuesday.
The four men and their hunting dogs chased a feral pig into the woods along the Trinity River about 12:30 a.m. near the town of Wilmer, southeast of Dallas.
The hunters bagged the hog but had to call 911 for help when they lost their way.
Rescuers used the GPS trackers on the dogs’ collars to pinpoint their location along the river near Malloy Bridge Road, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said.
Search crews from Wilmer and Dallas Fire-Rescue, as well as Dallas County sheriff’s deputies and state troopers all assisted in finding the lost men.
A DPS helicopter equipped with thermal imaging gear also helped with the search, said Trooper Lonny Haschel of the Department of Public Safety. The helicopter was in the air for about 90 minutes, he said.
One of the rescued men, who identified himself only as “Mitch,” said the group was “just trying to find a way to get back and get warm.”
He added that he was “more worried about getting in trouble with the law, or with the wife,” than getting rescued.
It’s unclear whether any charges will be filed in connection with the hunt.