Conservation Officer Sgt. Thomas Dakai
November 25, 2019
Warren, NH – At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2019, New Hampshire Fish and Game Officers responded to a report of an overdue hunter in Warren. James Allen, 54, of New Boston, NH, was reported overdue by his brother Frank Allen. James was deer hunting in Warren by himself and should have been out of the woods by late afternoon according to his brother Frank. His vehicle was located in the area that he said he would be hunting. Frank Allen reported that his brother was very familiar with the area and had been hunting there for many years. He also said his brother was well equipped and had a very good sense of direction. It had rained throughout much of the day and snowed in late afternoon and evening.
Fish and Game Conservation Officers and family members began searching for James at around 7:30 p.m. At around midnight, James had found his way out of the woods many miles from where he had started his hunt. He walked to the family home several miles farther where a family member found him and alerted Fish and Game Officers and other family members that he had made it out of the woods and was okay.
After interviewing James, Fish and Game Officers learned that he had started trying to make his way back to his vehicle at around 3:30 pm. He encountered heavy snowfall that created a whiteout condition and he lost track of his direction. He eventually found a snowmobile trail with a sign indicating it went to Warren. He decided his best course of action at that time was to stay on the trail, which he knew would eventually bring him out of the woods and into the town of Warren.
No further information is available at this time.