A 45-year-old Scotia hunter was found dead in Shaker Mountain Wild Forest on Saturday after a member of a hunting camp reported the person overdue from an afternoon hunt, according to a weekly update of state forest ranger activities.
The hunting camp member reported the Scotia person missing at 9 p.m. on Friday. A pair of state forest rangers responded and searched the area in the town of Bleecker throughout the night; they located tracks and personal items but not the hunter. At first light on Saturday, four other rangers arrived to assist, searching in the thick, swampy forest. Rangers located the hunter’s body shortly after 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is leading an investigation into the cause of death, according to the release. The Department of Environmental Conservation and Fulton County’s Coroner’s Office were also assisting.