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Fellow deer hunters pitch in to locate missing Vt. hunter in Pittsburg

November 12. 2017 7:41PM

PITTSBURG — An 85-year-old Vermont hunter was located Saturday night after a two-hour search, Fish and Game officials said.

Carleton Piper of Morrisville, Vt., had last been seen by his hunting partner about 2:30 p.m. on Big Brook Bog Road, and had failed to make his scheduled return to their truck by 4:30 p.m.

He was reported missing about 6:20 p.m., Fish and Game said.

“A separate group of deer hunters assisting in the search for Piper were able to follow his boot tracks in the snow for approximately a mile before losing radio contact with the staging area,” Fish and Game said in a news release. “At that point, they marked the location by GPS and subsequently communicated the coordinates to officers when they got back into radio contact.”

About 8:40 p.m., Piper arrived by vehicle at the staging area at Big Brook Bog Road.

Another hunter had given Piper a ride after seeing him walking along Day Road in the area of Perry Stream, several miles from the point he entered the woods. He was cold, but otherwise unharmed.

Ambient air temperature was around 5 degrees during the search, Fish and Game officials said.

Piper was described as well-prepared for the conditions; he was wearing appropriate footwear, layered clothing and carrying the essentials.

U.S. Border Patrol assisted with the search.

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