An 80-year-old deer hunter missing since Friday was found Sunday afternoon in good condition, telling Alaska State Troopers that he survived by not sitting still.
Frank Sharp of Angoon was hunting with his two sons and two granddaughters on Admiralty Island in Southeast Alaska. The hunters split up on Friday and arranged to meet at a designated time. But by dark, Sharp hadn't shown up. The family reported him missing early Saturday.
"He had decent clothing, wilderness know-how and a never-quit attitude," troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an e-mail. "He said he kept moving."
He had hunted in the area before and was reasonably well-equipped. He had ammo and candy bars. But early in the family hunting trip, he gave his compass to one of his granddaughters so she wouldn't get lost, Peters said.
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It reminds me of a scene from The Mountain Men, starring Charlton Heston & Brian Keith. A flatlander asks Keith's character ("Henry Frapp") if he's ever been lost in the wild.
Henry Frapp: I thought you got lost again.
Nathan Wyeth: Haven't you ever been lost?
Henry Frapp: Hmmm... been fearsome confused for a month or two, but I ain't never been lost!