CRAWFORD COUNTY – On Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at approximately 6:40 p.m. troopers from
the Michigan State Police (MSP) Houghton Lake Post were dispatched to an address on Nash Camp Rd,
in Lovells Township for a lost 80-year-old hunter.
Troopers spoke with the hunter’s wife, who said her husband was tracking a deer, and had been missing for approximately three hours. She became
concerned when she heard her husband shooting several shots which meant he was lost.
Troopers summoned K9-Loki from the MSP Houghton Lake Post, as well as the MSP Aviation Unit to assist in locating the hunter. K9-Loki and troopers tracked the lost hunter approximately .66 miles north of his residence and located the very cold hunter alongside the N Branch of the Au Sable River.
The 80-year-old hunter said he was unharmed, but wet and cold due to falling into the river three times. The hunter was wearing waders and wet clothing. A trooper removed his own dry fatigue shirt and gave it to the hunter along with his gloves and coat to keep him warm.
The Lovells Township Fire and Rescue unit transported the lost hunter out of the woods using their canoe. The hunter was then transported to
Grayling Munson Hospital for further medical treatment. The hunter was discharged from the hospital in good health.