An extensive search for two Edmonton men had a happy ending yesterday, after rescue crews recovered the lost hunters deep in northern Alberta woods by way of makeshift markers.

The men were part of a trio staying at a cabin near Janvier, which they left around 2 p.m. on Friday to begin a track.

When they still hadn’t returned that night, their hunting partner contacted police, who began the search.

“He tried to look for them himself, but wasn’t successful,” Fort McMurray RCMP Const. Karolina Malik said yesterday.

An RCMP helicopter began scanning the thick woods Sunday morning and searchers discovered their white pickup truck shortly thereafter. The men were not inside. Police continued to search for the men, who had set off from the truck on foot.

Patterns intentionally stamped in the snow by the missing men were visible from the sky, and by noon, crews rescued the two men roughly two kilometres from the cabin.

“They left a big ‘x’ and an arrow pointing in the direction they went,” Malik said. “That assisted us in locating them today.”

Neither man was injured or required medical attention.

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