Hunter Rescued From Tree Stand

A Jamestown hunter who found himself dangling from a tree stand for two and a half hours in Cattaraugus County was recently assisted by local first responders.

The Nov. 5 incident was one of two detailed Wednesday by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The DEC said Forest Ranger Bob Rogers responded around 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 to a wooded area off Hotchkiss Road in the town of Randolph for a report of a hunter dangling from a tree stand.

Upon arrival, Rogers and members of the Chautauqua County Tech Rescue Team rode into the woods on a UTV.

“At the accident location, the 22-year-old man from Jamestown was found hanging with his feet on the seat of his tree stand and his upper body attached to the tree stand,” the DEC said in a news release. “He had lost his footing while using the climbing tree stand and his foot got caught on the unit, keeping him from falling to the ground.”

A harness was attached to the hunter, and he was eventually lowered to the ground. The city resident was transported to a nearby hospital.

An update on his condition wasn’t provided.

On Nov. 10, Rogers also assisted the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office in attempting to locate a despondent male who contacted a former family member and left the area in a vehicle. Forest Rangers helped patrol the area by using cellphone pings.

The male was later located at a residence and transported to the hospital for an evaluation.


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