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Tough guy and smart, he got separated from his hunting partner, fell down, wandered a little, realized he was lost and set up camp waiting for rescue.  Article starts below.
 
Gene Penaflor, 72-Year-Old Hunter, Found Alive After 19 Days Lost In Mendocino National Forest

AP  |  Posted: 10/13/2013 11:36 pm EDT  |  Updated: 10/15/2013 2:54 pm EDT
 

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The 72-year-old hunter who was lost for more than two weeks in a California forest survived by eating squirrels and other animals he shot with his rifle, and by making fires and packing leaves and grasses around his body to stay warm, his family said Monday.
 

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    When I hike in the forest, I bring a compass and my GPS just in case.
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    The Mendocino National Forrest is a beautiful place.  I spent many wonderful times there.  I remember one party around Halloween 1990 that had a live band, a wall of beer, and representatives of several biker gangs.  You had a one mile hike to get to the house.  Everyone else was bringing beer, but I showed up with 2 25 lb bags of ice.  {cool}  It was a nice party, with the exception of the black helicopters flying over head.  ;D  Everyone left in a convoy at 3 AM escorted by Angles and Outlaws. (Neutral territory)  The police left us alone that year for some strange reason.  Not like the year before when I had to take my Challenger down a 35 mile fire trail to bypass the roadblock.      {dont}

    That guy was lucky.  It is nice and warm there this winter.  Not like the rest of the country where it is C-C-C-COLD!

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    That's a great story. Kids today wold have no clue how to survive like that.  ::)
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    This is a good story about survival and he should have had a map and a compass and a gps, but he did the right thing when he realized he was lost, he stopped and made camp, he probably should have built a bigger, smokier fire, that might have helped get noticed.

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    Good points on the map, gps and compass. At least he had the lighter to start small fires to cook and keep warm. And like unclebull said, he stayed put instead of wandering around.

    When I go hunting it's all familiar ground too me and usually not that far away from the cabin. So admittedly I get a little complacent. Might be the scenario with this fella. Area he's hunted for years, same routine they always do.... Difference being, where I hunt it's all flat and, people I hunt with, we're either in eye contact or phone (text, silent mode) contact. We don't meet back at the trucks, we make sure we have everybody before going back to the trucks. But that's just how we do it.

    If I were hunting unfamiliar area, I would want map, gps, compass, would probably have a backpack of certain supplies just in case....
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    What a sad ending.

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    I'll never understand how you can go to an unfamiliar forest and not bring a compass and know the direction back.  Very sad.
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    Yep.
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    The sad thing is that the uncle had been lost and rescued a few years prior. I bet he is never the same losing his nephew.
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    That is sad, he should have known better.


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    I'll never understand how you can go to an unfamiliar forest and not bring a compass and know the direction back.  Very sad.

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