Cpl. John Butler of the Bay St. George RCMP said police received a report of the overdue hunters at 1 a.m. on Monday when they were contacted by two men from Stephenville, friends of the overdue men, who went and tried to find them.

Members of the Bay St. George RCMP, Police Dog Services West and members of the Stephenville-Kippens-Port au Port Search and Rescue Team attended and the men were located shortly after 8 a.m. in the area where they were expected.

Butler said with dark coming on Sunday evening and unsure if they would make it back to their vehicle before nightfall, the men decided to “hunker down” for the night as a precaution.

Gerry Clark of the Stephenville-Kippens-Port au Port Search and Rescue Team, said members left Stephenville at about 2 a.m. and started their search shortly after arrival utilizing an Argo and a special side-by-side, which were the only type of machines that could be used in that terrain.

He said with the assistance of the police dog unit and team members using flares and whistles, along with the overdue men firing off their rifles, the men were located about three hours into the search.

Clark said while it was an area that’s hard for walking, everything worked out well and the men got home okay.