Forest rangers in Washington County were called out to assist an injured hunter in Washington County on Monday, as Southern Zone rifle season got underway. We haven't heard how he is doing, but tree stand falls can be fatal. Knock on wood, so far it has been a safe hunting season around here, and let's hope it continues as we get into the final weeks of big game seasons.
Below is the DEC's weekly forest ranger activity report.
-- Don Lehman
Town of White Creek
Rescue: On Nov. 20 at 6:28 a.m., Washington County 911 contacted DEC Central Dispatch requesting Forest Rangers assistance in helping a 73-year-old hunter who had fallen from a tree stand. Forest Rangers responded along with local fire department and ambulance personnel. The hunter was extricated from the woods and transported by EMS to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment. The fall is being investigated by DEC Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs).
Town of Diana
Search: On Nov. 18 at 3:32 p.m., DEC Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from Lewis County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance to locate a 50-year-old male lost in Jadwin State Forest while hunting. The subject's coordinates were obtained by Lewis County Dispatch placing him near the Kimballs Mill Road. Two Rangers responded and located the subject and returned him to his vehicle by 5:32 p.m.
Town of Rochester
Search: On Nov. 19 at 5:20 p.m., DEC Central Dispatch was notified by Ulster County 911 of a hunter reported lost by his hunting companion. Forest Rangers were dispatched to the camp at 54 Dymond Road and cell phone coordinates were obtained for the missing hunter. Responders located the hunter in good condition near the area of the cell phone coordinates. All parties were out of the woods by 7:30 p.m.