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Nh hunting death
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 Posted: Sun Nov 13th, 2005 04:55 PM
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This was taken from another board but fits in here kind of well because The man did not take care of his body by being prepared.

Search for NH hunter ends sadly
By LORNA COLQUHOUN
Union Leader Correspondent
18 hours, 50 minutes ago

Warren — Melanie Davis clutched a cup of coffee and a measure of hope yesterday morning as the second day of searching got under way for her brother, Michael Young, who had been missing for two days after he went hunting Wednesday.

“If anyone can come through this, it’s my brother,” she said midmorning yesterday. “He has nine lives and hopefully, he hasn’t used them all.”

But a little over an hour later, just after 11 a.m., Fish and Game conservation officers found the body of Young, 41, nearly four miles from the trailhead of Three Ponds Trail on the Ellsworth side of Whitcher Mountain.

Last night, according to Fish and Game Lt. Todd Bogardus, a medical examiner had determined that Young had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, likely induced because of hypothermia. No autopsy is scheduled.

“Because of the manner in which he was found, he was lost and he was hypothermic,” Bogardus said. “We believe it happened on the first day he was lost, on Wednesday, because of the conditions in which he was found and that is what the medical examiner ruled.”

Young’s body was brought out to the trailhead in Ellsworth at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. The trail head is on the other side of the ridge from where Young had set off and Bogardus said he had “gone quite a distance.”

The sad discovery capped more than a day of searching for Young, who lived in Boscawen but had taken up the offer of a friend in Warren to stay at his place while he worked clearing trees for a power line about five miles up the road, near the Woodstock town line.

Young, an avid and woods savvy outdoorsman, apparently left the home on Route 118 Wednesday morning. At that time, according to Bogardus, the day was warm and sunny and Young probably wasn’t dressed to withstand the weather that moved in later in the day, which included rain and snow that dogged the area yesterday.

Young worked for the Lucas Tree Service and was based in Plymouth. Davis said he accepted the invitation to stay in Warren so he wouldn’t be spending long hours on the road commuting back and forth to the job more than an hour and half from his Boscawen home.

“It would let him get some sleep,” she said.

Davis was joined by their father, John Young, of Boscawen. John Young described his son, the youngest of his four children, as an avid hunter and marksman who used a pistol to hunt.

“He hadn’t hunted up here before,” he said. “He had scouted the woods, though.”

Davis said she thinks her brother may have only been clad in a green sweatshirt and a camouflage jacket.

“It was balmy — 60 degrees — but the weather turned,” she said, adding that he probably wasn’t carrying matches or survival gear.

By the time Michael Young’s body was discovered, more than 50 searchers had covered about six square miles of rugged country, on the western edge of the White Mountain National Forest. Searchers included teams from the volunteer Upper Valley Wilderness Search and Rescue, Pemi Valley Search and Rescue, Androscoggin Valley Search and Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service, the Warren police and fire departments, a state police helicopter, as well as nearly a dozen coworkers from Lucas Tree.

“We had a safety meeting this morning, but we decided this was more important,” said Alan Boyce of Plymouth. “I knew him through work. He’d give you the shirt off his back and the last $10 in his pocket.”

As she looked at the road where a number of parked vehicles lined Route 118, Davis said she was touched that so many people were out looking for her brother. She had brought with her from home several pictures so she could show searchers who they were looking for.

“It’s amazing,” she said. “He really doesn’t know anyone up here.”

“He’s a co-worker,” said Doug Newton of Tilton. “We felt like we should be out here. I know if I was out in the woods, I would want someone out looking for me. It’s unfortunate it turned out like this. I can’t imagine what his family is going through.”

The terrain over which searchers were looking was rugged and remote. Pointing to the ridgeline that showed through periodic snow squalls, Bogardus pointed out the tops of Whitcher, Cushman and Kineo.

“On the other side is the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest,” he said. “There’s really nothing out there until Stinson Lake (in Rumney).”

Snow fell off and on throughout both yesterday and Thursday. On the first day of the search, not knowing exactly where Young had departed the house, searchers looked in an area across the road.

But after talking with some people later on Thursday, the search went behind the residence when officials were told people thought they saw him go in that direction. Bogardus said the area where Young was found had not been previously searched.

“The weather was a challenge,” he said


A sad day indeed and I have taken note because it could have been any one of us. The one thing that buggs me is I have been told hypothermia is painless which I guess is not the case or this poor man would not have done himself in.



 Posted: Sun Nov 13th, 2005 06:37 PM
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  Hypothermia is rather painless however some of it's side affects are sleepiness, lathargy as well as depression and hallucinations.  Either way it's a shame that it happened and my sympathy goes out to his family.

  Take care Be safe Poacher.



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 Posted: Sun Nov 13th, 2005 06:46 PM
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His family are in my prayers, it is such a shame that things like this do happen but if I was gonna die Id rather it be while Im out in the woods doing what I love most. Jimmy



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That is a derned shame.:sad:Blk, you know the drill amigo..I always kept the fixings with a wet weather top and a wool sweater to make a Ranger parka...Had a pancho liner rolled up in my butt pack..Being cold sucks and Ive been pretty cold a few times .It is extremely easy as has been said to become hypothermic....:shameon:



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