Conservation Officer Christopher Egan, Region One Office, Lancaster, NH
603-788-4850 or Fish and Game Dispatch: 603-271-3361
October 11, 2013
Overdue Bird Hunter Returns Home Safely
LANCASTER, N.H. -- A Pittsburg, N.H., hunter reported as overdue from his hunting trip is now home safely after a long hike in the woods following a vehicle breakdown, according to N.H. Fish and Game Department officials. Searchers were aided by a note he left behind describing where he intended to go hunting.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2013, N.H. Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers were notified of a man who had gone bird hunting in Pittsburg, and not returned home.
Leonard Schrock, age 63, of Pittsburg had left a note for his wife, Gail, on Thursday afternoon, stating that he had gone hunting in the Hall Stream area. He usually returns home by about 6:30 p.m., which prompted Gail to contact authorities for assistance.
Conservation Officers coordinated an initial search of local logging roads in an effort to locate Schrock or his vehicle, with much-appreciated assistance from US Border Patrol Agents and N.H. State Police.
Searchers eventually received word that Schrock had returned home at approximately 10:10 p.m. Schrock's vehicle, a 1993 Ford Bronco, had broken down after his hunt in the upper reaches of Hall Stream, and he had walked for over four hours along the logging roads to get home. The only vehicles he saw during his dark walk were a Border Patrol Agent and a Conservation Officer heading in Moose Pond Road to look for him. He did not encounter them, though, because when he saw the headlights and heard the vehicles through he trees, he was on a small trail behind his property that he had taken as a final shortcut home.
“Mr. Schrock is in great physical shape, and is an avid outdoorsman. These attributes certainly helped him through the situation he was facing,” said CO Chris Egan.
NH Fish and Game reminds hunters, fishermen, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts to wear appropriate clothing, carry at least a source of fire and light, and most importantly, to tell someone where you plan to go and when you plan to return.
“Leaving the note gave us a place to begin looking. Without such a valuable hint, it would have been more like a looking for a needle in a haystack,” Egan said.
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