DEC Forest Rangers came to the rescue earlier this month of a hunter who was stuck and hanging by his feet in his tree stand for more than two hours.

That incident and two others involving Forest Ranger rescues were highlighted in a report this week by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. All specifics below were supplied by the DEC.

Town of Randolph, Cattaraugus County

Wilderness Rescue: “On Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m., Forest Ranger Bob Rogers responded to a rescue for an individual hanging from his tree stand in the woods off Hotchkiss Road in the town of Randolph. Upon arrival, Ranger Rogers and members of the Chautauqua County Tech Rescue team rode into the woods on a Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s UTV to the location of the accident.

“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. 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.

“One member of the tech rescue team climbed a ladder to further assess the situation. After his descent, Forest Ranger Rogers loaned his harness to a paramedic so he and another medical provider could begin preventative measures due to concerns about potential suspension trauma. The man had been suspended from the stand for approximately 2.5 hours..

“Forest Ranger Rogers assisted the tech rescue team with tactical planning and rigging as the rescuers put a patient harness on the hunter, and then raised and then lowered the man to the ground. The subject was then transported from the woods in a UTV and brought to a local hospital.”


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