BOWDOIN COLLEGE GRANT —A Vermont hunter spent a cold night Wednesday in the Moosehead Lake region before he stumbled across a wood-cutting operation Thursday morning where he placed a call to his hunting party.

Brad Howarth, 47, of Athens, Vt., was in good condition when he arrived back with his friends at the Greenwood Motel on the Rockwood Road around 10 a.m.

Wardens, who weren’t notified about the lost hunter until 5:30 a.m. Thursday, initiated a ground search of the Elephant Mountain and Katahdin Iron Works region and Warden Service Pilot Charles Later searched from the air, according to Sgt. Kevin Adam of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The search was the department’s 23rd search and rescue for hunters this year, Adam said.