Missing hunter walks out of bush

Last updated 13:00 12/12/2012

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An 84-year-old hunter missing in the Nelson Lakes national park has walked to safety.

Feilding man Roy Marston arrived at a remote Tutaki Valley farmhouse at 7pm tonight after walking about 20km across rugged country from area where he went missing on Monday.

He is currently being checked at Murchison Hospital, but early indications are that he is in good health.

Mr Marston was reported missing on Monday evening after failing to meet his hunting companions near Lake Rotoroa in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Searchers led by Nelson Bays police scoured the area for two days and found no trace of Mr Marston.

He was hunting in a party of six. The group planned to hunt until 5pm on Monday then meet at a designated point, but Mr Marston failed to arrive.

He did not answer after shots were fired into the air on Monday night.

Mr Marston was hunting in the Maori Creek area on the south side of the lake.

The Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter was used in the search of the area yesterday and also flew along the lake's shoreline.

Mr Marston is an experienced hunter, who was fit and healthy and well prepared to survive a night in the bush, police said.

However, he was not familiar with the area and it had steep, bushy terrain.

Mr Marston had hunted in the North Island's Ruahine Ranges since he was 18. He had no medical conditions.

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- The Nelson Mail

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