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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #50 on: November 25, 2017, 10:44:04 AM »
Very sad and prayers sent to the family. Glad they got some closure and they were able to find him and be able to lay him to rest.

It said not far from his rig. That country is thick and there was a lot of people looking for him.
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #51 on: November 25, 2017, 11:41:05 AM »
Reminds me of something that my dad and I were talking about the other day.

When I was 15(1985) my parents got a call about 7pm at night from the daughter in law of a gentleman who had gone missing. They had found his truck parked beside an asparagus field and figured he had stopped to do a bit of pheasant hunting. She asked us if we could go to the field and help search for him. So dad and I grabbed flashlights and because the field was only a mile down the road we were the first ones there. I think one of his sons was the only other person there. I set out going one way around the field, my dad another way and the son another direction. Soon after the cops showed up along with another 10-15 people. The police organized a grid search through the chest high asparagus.

To make a long story short he wasnt a hundred yards from his pickup in between a ditch and the field when one of his sons found him. I think I walked right by him in the dark with my flashlight a short time earlier and never saw him. There was nothing that could have been done anyway as he had had a massive heart attack and died. Still...he was right there, why didnt I see him?

I can remember it like it was yesterday.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #52 on: November 25, 2017, 12:26:16 PM »
So sad  :'(
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #53 on: November 25, 2017, 01:18:20 PM »
That's a shame. Many of my family including myself hunt solo often. My hope is that it was quick. Rest easy hunter. Glad there is closure for the family, despite being such a horrible closure.
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #54 on: November 25, 2017, 04:57:59 PM »
Very sad indeed,  prayers to his friends and family. In honor of Joel, I took a shot and left one for him.
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #55 on: November 25, 2017, 05:04:57 PM »
So sad. Thoughts and prayers to his family
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #56 on: November 25, 2017, 09:37:18 PM »
Sad, hunting solo can b risky business
I solo hunt myself, I've fallen off the mountain and was able to drag my way out. But every time I read about a hunter out solo dying in the field it sure gets me thinking about my own situation. It's got me seriously looking at a spot. Won't prevent an accident, but it might prevent a tragedy.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #57 on: November 25, 2017, 09:45:51 PM »
 Very sad.

 The name sounds very familiar, was he a member on here?
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #58 on: November 25, 2017, 10:46:18 PM »
Reminds me of something that my dad and I were talking about the other day.

When I was 15(1985) my parents got a call about 7pm at night from the daughter in law of a gentleman who had gone missing. They had found his truck parked beside an asparagus field and figured he had stopped to do a bit of pheasant hunting. She asked us if we could go to the field and help search for him. So dad and I grabbed flashlights and because the field was only a mile down the road we were the first ones there. I think one of his sons was the only other person there. I set out going one way around the field, my dad another way and the son another direction. Soon after the cops showed up along with another 10-15 people. The police organized a grid search through the chest high asparagus.

To make a long story short he wasnt a hundred yards from his pickup in between a ditch and the field when one of his sons found him. I think I walked right by him in the dark with my flashlight a short time earlier and never saw him. There was nothing that could have been done anyway as he had had a massive heart attack and died. Still...he was right there, why didnt I see him?

I can remember it like it was yesterday.

Similar story, A cousin of mine took his own life on a hunting trip back in 1991. As we left camp that morning he told me he was headed to the same spot he shot a buck the year before, I knew the area well. That night when he didn't show up at camp we called the sheriff and the next morning a search party showed up and spent 3 days searching the area, this included 2 days with a helicopter in the air, they didn't find him. Family and friends spent 3 more days searching before we found him, he was maybe 50' from where he shot the deer the previous year, I personally searched that area 3 times and you could see numerous pieces of marker tape from SAR in the area but they never saw him either. He was wearing a blaze orange jacket, but the way he fell next to a log made him nearly invisible unless you walked within about 10' of him.
Luckily, or unluckily for him, a family friend happened to stumble across his body. Never want to go through something like that again.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #59 on: November 26, 2017, 08:22:38 AM »
Very sad.

 The name sounds very familiar, was he a member on here?

I thought of Pastor Joel when I read the name. He just posted yesterday so it wasnt him.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #60 on: November 26, 2017, 03:12:48 PM »
Sucks. I am glad they finally found him

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #61 on: November 26, 2017, 05:46:17 PM »
Terrible he was so close to his truck, this is a very sad situation.  Probably was disoriented and had no idea.  At first I figured he was hurt and couldn't walk out on his own.  Snow and fog can really mess with your bearings.  Get some sort of gps and mark your truck every time you go out no matter what.  We can all learn a lesson from this. 

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #62 on: November 26, 2017, 06:24:55 PM »
Anybody have anymore info on this situation? The more information we put out about it the more people can learn to avoid a possible tragedy in the future. Be careful out there everyone. My thoughts are with the family. Very sad story.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #63 on: November 26, 2017, 06:53:08 PM »
It’s sad to hear how this story ended.  My condolences to his family and friends.
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #64 on: November 26, 2017, 07:34:49 PM »
Well, crap.  One does wonder if he'd had a SPOT or InReach if the resolution would have been more positive.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #65 on: November 26, 2017, 07:41:05 PM »
My guess is that he was looking for his truck and it either got dark and/or foggy which made it impossible to see the truck even from 100 yards. He spent a night out of in bad weather and got hypothermic. If that is accurate a GPS (properly used) would have probably saved his life.
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #66 on: November 26, 2017, 07:45:20 PM »
My guess is that he was looking for his truck and it either got dark and/or foggy which made it impossible to see the truck even from 100 yards. He spent a night out of in bad weather and got hypothermic. If that is accurate a GPS (properly used) would have probably saved his life.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #67 on: November 26, 2017, 08:02:32 PM »
Rip sir.....

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #68 on: November 26, 2017, 10:07:02 PM »
My guess is that he was looking for his truck and it either got dark and/or foggy which made it impossible to see the truck even from 100 yards. He spent a night out of in bad weather and got hypothermic. If that is accurate a GPS (properly used) would have probably saved his life.

 It will be interesting to hear the details for sure.
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #69 on: November 27, 2017, 07:16:56 AM »
Rip sir.....

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #70 on: November 27, 2017, 03:53:59 PM »
 :'( :'( :'(  Such a sad time for the family.  I am glad they did not have to wait and wonder where he was all winter.
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #71 on: November 27, 2017, 06:18:36 PM »
I'm a map and compass guy. Guess that speaks for how long I've been putting down boot tracks. I will not pretend to know how he felt when he knew he was in trouble. But I do know well that sinking feeling when a guy is turned around, misplaced or lost (for awhile :)    I have a brand new Rhino 650 my son pushed me to buy before this season. Guess I owe it to him and my grandson to learn how to use it for other than a two way radio....

So damn sad.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #72 on: December 02, 2017, 08:37:56 AM »
This is a sad story, young man enjoying the outdoors and things go south.
Having spent 45 years chasing elk, this is a situation I have dreaded for decades.
My thoughts and prayers to the family.

As an avid outdoorsman, fellow hunter and Land Surveyor, I will offer this....
When hunting in the forest, if you park at the end of the road, aim for a point 1/4 of a mile up the road from the truck.
Having used a map and compass for ever, this is the tried and true method to assure that you intersect the road.
You may hit the road and have to walk to the truck, but it's basically foolproof.
Something to remember is that the more error you feel exists in your navigation, the further up the road you aim.
I for one would rather walk a mile than miss the end of road.
Having worked as a professional land surveyor for years, I am REALLY good at forest navigation, but during the hunt, even I get disoriented.

This methodology also hold for GPS as you can miss the end of a road much easier in the dark.

As a side note, my son bought me a pair of 650 Garmins, one of which I carry.
My technical skills are limited, but I can use the basics.

We all owe it to our families to return after the hunt.

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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #73 on: December 02, 2017, 02:08:15 PM »
 Any update as to what happened?
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Re: Missing Elk Hunter GPNF Update on 2nd page
« Reply #74 on: December 02, 2017, 02:24:25 PM »
No official word yet, but I did find this in one report

"An autopsy will be conducted by the Clark County medical examiner's office. An investigation is ongoing.

"There is still a lot of questions I think right now," said Brown. "There are a lot of things pointing to the fact that he was a bit disoriented perhaps, even though he came back towards the truck. There are a lot of indicators of someone who may have been suffering a little bit from hypothermia."

 

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