Overdue 85-year old hunter found cold but safe

PITTSBURG — An 85-year old hunter was found cold but unharmed after he became lost while hunting in the Big Brook Bog area on Saturday.

At 6:29 p.m. on Saturday, N.H. Fish and Game responded to a report of an overdue hunter. His hunting partner reported Carleton Piper, 85, of Morrisville, Vt., had been last seen at about 2:30 p.m. and was scheduled to return to their truck by 4:30 p.m.

A separate group of hunters, assisting in the search, had been able to follow Piper’s boot tracks in the snow for approximately a mile before losing radio contact with the staging area. The hunters marked the location by GPS and communicated the coordinates to Fish and Game officers when they got back into radio contact.

The missing hunter arrived by vehicle at the staging area at about 8:40 p.m. Another hunter had found Piper walking along the Day Road in the area of Perry Stream and given him a ride. Piper was found several miles from where he entered the woods.

The temperature was around 5 degrees during the search but Fish and Game said Piper was well prepared for the conditions, wearing appropriate footwear, layered clothing, and carrying essentials.

A release by Fish and Game said the agency appreciated the assistance of U.S. Border Patrol agents as well as other deer hunters.