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Hunting accidents, one fatal, on opening weekend

Nov 22, 2010 9:27 am
CATSKILLS — State police have reported three hunting incidents that took place Saturday and Sunday in Greene and Schoharie counties, one fatal, according to the Catskill Daily Mail and Watershed Post.

According to a report from reporter Colin DeVries in the Daily Mail on Monday, Nov. 22, a man was injured Saturday morning in the mountaintop area of Greene County when he was allegedly shot in the leg, state police said. DeVries reports that emergency personnel said the man was transported via medevac to Albany Medical Center. The extent of the man’s injuries were not known by press time.

The Daily Mail reports that another incident reported Saturday involved a shooting which did not result in injury. A man was allegedly shot in the back but a backpack absorbed the blast, according to police. Authorities reported the state Department of Environmental Conservation handled the incident investigations, and that charges may be pending.

According to The Watershed Post, the Schoharie County Sheriff's Office is investigating an incident involving a male subject that was found unresponsive in a wooded area in the Town of Schoharie. The deputies report having received a 911 call from a hunter reporting that a subject he was hunting with was found unresponsive late Saturday afternoon. Sheriff's patrol along with Central Bridge Fire and New York State Environmental Conservation responded to the scene and located a subject identified as Robert Sawyer age 65 of Charleston unresponsive. Preliminary investigation revealed that the tree stand that Sawyer was in gave way causing him to fall to the ground. Cause of death is still under investigation pending autopsy results.

Regular deer hunting season is Nov. 20 through Dec. 12. WGXC's Newsroom earlier reported, erroneously, that hunting season started Sunday morning, and not Saturday. A new statewide policy initiated in recent years to draw more tourist and licensing dollars from the dwindling sport.
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