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A hunter missing from Rankin Inlet for nearly a week has been found safe.

Gilbert Pissuk, 24, went out on a one-day caribou hunting trip last Friday and was expected to return home the same day.

A search began when he didn't return,   A Hercules C-130 plane and volunteers from other communities were involved.

Paul Pissuk, Gilbert's father, said he found his son walking towards Rankin Inlet around 10 p.m., 67 kilometres northeast of the community.

He said Gilbert Pissuk is now at the health centre having a check-up. 

Despite blizzard conditions in the forecast. Paul Pissuk said he had to check the area where he thought his son caught a caribou.

"We were driving towards Peter Lake when he saw us with our Ski-Doos," he said. "He was trying to quickly catch us because we had just passed him. He was waving and trying to make a flickering light. We didn't see him.

"Right when we passed him, that's when we found his footsteps and that's where we spotted him."

He said Gilbert did have a GPS but the battery died.  

The community will be holding a square dance to celebrate Gilbert Pissuk's safe arrival and to thank the Search and Rescue team.

Paul Pissuk says he's grateful for all the support they received during the search. Pissuk says his son is an experienced hunter who began hunting at age 10.​ Gilbert caught two caribou and a muskox over the past week.

Paul Pissuk said his son seems fine and he expects him to be back at home later today.