The South Dakota Civil Air Patrol is searching for missing hunters in the Black Hills.
Officials with the South Dakota unit announced Monday that the Department of Game, Fish and Parks has asked cadets to perform an aerial search after receiving numerous reports of stranded hunters following the massive snowstorm that dumped more than three feet of snow in some areas of the Hills.
The Civil Air Patrol says it will fly north of Highway 36 and 16A from Highway 79 to the Wyoming border. It is a prime elk hunting area that also received some of the heaviest snow.
Officials with CAP say they will be using GPS gear to pinpoint locations for GFP personnel on the ground who are trying to reach the stranded hunters.
Aircraft from Rapid City and Spearfish will be used initially in the missions but units across the state have been put on alert if they need more help.