Rangers rescue hunters across New York

State Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers have been busy finding lost hunters this fall, and many of the lost people have been unprepared for the short daylight hours.

Village of Constableville-West Turin

Just before 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, the Lewis County sheriff’s office contacted DEC dispatch in Ray Brook regarding an overdue hunter in Constableville. The 63-year-old male hiked into his hunting camp that morning and had not returned.

Three rangers responded and were joined by members of the sheriff’s office and an Environmental Conservation Officer. Shortly before 10 p.m., the hunter was located by a member of his hunting party. The man was in good health and was escorted back to the hunting camp.

Town of Moreau

On Saturday, Dec. 2, a hiker who had become lost in Moreau State Park in Saratoga County called for help when he couldn’t navigate in the dark. The 50-year-old man had no flashlight and had made a wrong turn on the trail.

Forest Ranger Joe Hess responded to assist State Park Police, and Hess established voice contact with the hiker at 7:30 p.m. The man was escorted back to the trailhead in good health.