In this Aug. 24, 2018, file photo, a male deer peaks out from behind brush near Bar Harbor. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

MIDDLESEX, Vt. — Two young hunters were guided out of the woods of Middlesex by game wardens, the Department of Fish and Wildlife said.

The hunters, ages 17 and 20, called 911 from the Middlesex Notch Wildlife Management area on Saturday evening, the opening day of Vermont’s rifle deer season.

The brothers had harvested a buck, a first for the older brother, and they became disoriented after dark.

The dispatcher was able to get the coordinates from the cellphone carried by one of the hunters. Three wardens located the hunters at about 8:15 p.m. with their deer.

The wardens helped the hunters drag the buck from the woods.

They made it back to a parking area at about 9:15 p.m.

“This was a good outcome to what could have been a very long cold night in the woods,” said Lt. Sean Fowler, regional State Game Warden Supervisor. “The incident serves as a good reminder for all hunters to always carry a compass and GPS.”