Oct 4, 2015 12:24 PM
Lost hunter hunkers down for night, but found before nightfall
ODELL - A hunter who got lost in the Nash Stream State Forest on Saturday was successfully located as he was preparing a temporary shelter to hunker down for the night.
According to the N.H. Fish and Game Department, Gregory Mock, 49, of Webster, had started the day hunting grouse with three friends in the northern portion of the state forest where the foliage was dense.
Around 11:30 a.m., he found he'd been separated from the group and was unable to make contact with them. Mock hiked up Muise Mountain to try to get a cell phone signal and contacted 911 for help.
A Fish and Game Department Conservation Officer was able to get coordinates from Mock's phone and gave him directions to reach a trail within a mile of his location and instructions to listen for signal shots or sirens.
Conservation Officer Matthew Holmes went to the forest and parked near where he believed Mock was located and used signal shots and a cruiser siren to indicate his location. After about two hours, Holmes made contact with the rest of Mock's hunting group but still had not located the missing grouse hunter.
A second 911 call came in from Mock's phone, which then died, but they were able to get his new coordinates. Mock had apparently hiked over Muise Mountain and was located near Phillips Pond.
With the new coordinates, Fish and Game conservation officers were able to locate Mock uninjured.
After making his final call and having his phone die, Mock had begun building a shelter and preparing to spend the night.
Conservation officers credited him with sticking to the plan discussed during his initial call for help and preparing to wait at his last known location, even if it meant spending the night. As a result, they say they were able to save him from a long, cold night in the woods.