Survival Fail, Missing Hunters Frozen Body Found 100 Yards From Truck

It’s a sad story with an unhappy ending but there is are lessons to be learned here.

Sheriff: Body of missing elk hunter found in Gifford Pinchot NF

By Allan Brettman abrettman@oregonian.com
The Oregonian/OregonLive
The body of a Vancouver man who’d been reported missing from his hunting trip earlier this month was found Friday, the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office announced Saturday.

Joel Presler, 37, had not been heard from since Saturday, Nov. 11, when he went on an elk hunting trip in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Authorities found his 2004 Ford pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 15, on a Forest Service road in the Forlorn Lakes area. Nearly three feet of snow had piled up next to the vehicle at the time. The search was suspended a week ago, on Nov. 18.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy.

An investigation continues, Sheriff Dave Brown told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Saturday, adding that hypothermia likely was a factor in Presler’s death.

Presler was found dressed in a shirt, pants and boots, but not with a winter parka, gloves or hat, the sheriff said. It had been snowing heavily in the initial days of Presler’s hunt and the subsequent search. His body was 100 to 150 yards from the vehicle.

Silver Star Search and Rescue volunteers found items about 100 yards from the pickup on Friday afternoon, the sheriff said.

The personal items — approximately 50 yards from Presler’s body, including his pack and clothing — “were indicative of hypothermic behavior,” Brown said, as people who are experiencing the symptoms of hypothermia will shed clothing under the false belief they are overheating.

First mistake, going hunting alone in the wilderness with snow in the forecast.

Fatal mistake, not being sufficiently prepared for freezing conditions while hunting alone in the wilderness with snow in the forecast.

More than likely this guy got lost in white out conditions and couldn’t find his truck even though he was close enough to throw a rock at it.

It’s a tragedy that could easily have been avoided but a tragedy none the less.

This was up in the mountains not too far from here.
This area is very mountainous from the volcanoes down to the foothills down to the river banks.

You can see the snow line all around this area when the clouds let up.
If you are planning to go anywhere near that snowline you should be prepared for surviving freezing weather, period.If you live where freezing conditions are a normal part of Winter then you should get prepared too.

Because Winter is pretty much right around the corner.

Cars break down, cell phones quit working, power lines go down, people panic, then they die.

I’m expecting that anybody who comes here is already well above the bell curve when it comes to having common sense. George Carlin nailed it when he said if you think of how stupid the average guy is then stop and realize half of the rest are even stupider than that. It is amazing how many stupid fuckers there are out there.

Most everyone who swings by here ain’t stupid and they ain’t full of shit either.

Take an hour or so and get a Winter Survival bag together and throw it in your car.Make damn sure there is a warm blanket in it too.
It may save your life.

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7 thoughts on “Survival Fail, Missing Hunters Frozen Body Found 100 Yards From Truck

  1. And a cutting tool. You never now when a tree will block the road behind you that you can’t drive over or pull aside. Not that I’m admitting to Experience, but it was a nice long walk out……

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  2. Yup, a poncho with a liner (woobie) is an easy way to bundle up if you are stuck in your car. A couple of candles (cracking a window of course for oxygen) would also be worth adding for heat.

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  3. My addition – Cotton will kill you.

    I’m a penny pincher so I love cotton since it’s comfortable and cheap. I’m allergic to lanolin, but wool won’t get soaked in wet/snowy weather and try to turn you into a popsicle.

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  4. Still carry my army wool blanket in all my rides…Lighters…water..etc…Also a pee bottle in case of being stuck in traffic for hours..Don’t want to get charged for lewd conduct….
    A road flare is great for starting a fire when needed…..

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