Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Injured hunter in North Creek; search for missing hunters

forest ranger reportsRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Johnsburg
Warren County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 26 at 9:37 a.m., Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch reporting an injured hunter on a ski trail near Gore Mountain in North Creek. Further information indicated the injury was a broken leg due to entrapment under a boulder. Forest Rangers Kabrehl, Donegan, and Quinn responded to assist. At 11:06 a.m., Rangers Quinn and Donegan reached the injured man, removed him from the boulder entrapment, and performed advanced wilderness first aid to a badly damaged leg with severe lacerations and a compound fracture. Forest Rangers and members of the North River Fire Department carried the 31-year-old hunter from Hudson Falls off the ledge in a litter to a location with ATV access. The hunter was transported to a local hospital for further medical treatment.

Town of Fine
St. Lawrence County
Wilderness Search:
 On Oct. 29 at 5:32 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a call from a hunter reporting an overdue member of his party. The caller stated that a 24-year-old man from Brooktondale left to hunt at 9 a.m., and should have been back at their campsite by 11 a.m. Forest Rangers Benzel, Shea, Morehouse, Hogan, and Baldwin responded to the High Falls trailhead in Wanakena with two, six-wheel ATVs to search the area. At 8:20 p.m., Ranger Benzel advised dispatch that Ranger Shea had located the hunter and brought him to the group’s campsite.

Town of Bolton
Warren County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 31 at 1:28 p.m., Warren County 911 transferred a call to DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting Forest Ranger assistance with an ill hiker on the trail in North West Bay on Lake George. The caller advised that a 27-year-old woman from Katonah was conscious, but not responsive. Forest Ranger Donegan responded, along with members of the Bolton Fire Department and EMS squad using their fire boat from Green Island. The hiker was located at 2:15 p.m., and carried onto the fire boat by Forest Rangers, members of the Lake George Park Commission, and Bolton Fire and EMS. On the boat, the subject was transported to the landing zone to be airlifted to a local hospital by New York State Police Aviation. The incident concluded at 4:15 p.m.

Town of Wells
Hamilton County
Wilderness Search:
On Oct. 31 at 11:57 p.m., New York State Police (NYSP) contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting Forest Ranger assistance with two overdue hunters from Johnstown. State Police were able to ping one of the hunters’ cellphones, which showed their location on West River Road. Forest Ranger Thompson responded to the location to assist, and at 6:56 a.m., advised that the hunters had been found and were being walked out of the woods. The hunters reported they had run out of daylight and decided to build a fire one-third of a mile from their vehicle. The pair declined medical treatment and were reunited with their families at 8 a.m.


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16 Responses

  1. Nora says:

    My thanks goes out to all the dispatchers at DEC’S Ray Brook , they seem to be one hell of a busy place as they seem to get allot of distress calls .

  2. longislandhiker says:

    I’m sure a lot less people are hunters than hikers, but yet they seem to need assistance as often as the hikers do. Don’t the hunters have permits? Hah. Even in places like the Smokies and elsewhere. The rescues will never end, permits or no permits.

    • Mark Empie says:

      Dear Longislander hiker ,
      Even we hunters will get mixed up in the deep adirondacks from time to time , it’s not exclusive to hikers, lol . NYS Hunters pay for our privilege yearly to practice our passion . My gratitude goes out to every NYS Econ officer,NYS Police officer and JPD that assisted us and our families in Wells,NY this past weekend , you guys / gals are great keep up the great work. Also a shout out to the massachusetts camp owner that was on scene and was very helpful !
      Never say it can’t happen to me !

    • Boreas says:

      Agree – when people go in the woods, a tiny percentage will need help. The more people in the woods, the more help that is needed. Rangers and emergency people are being spread more than ever before because of recent large land purchases that mean more territory per Ranger. Increasing number of users of any type increases the pressure put on Rangers. We are used to counting on Rangers “being there” when we need them. If this situation is left unchecked, whether or not a Ranger CAN respond to your emergency and how quickly may ultimately be determined by dispatch triage.

    • Native01 says:

      Dear longislandhiker:
      I’ll show you how much my hunting license cost me. You show me how much your hiking license cost you. Thank you to our over stretched Rangers and volunteers!!!

      • Dana says:

        Native01, I think longislandhiker’s comment was more directed at steering the discussion to permits rather than staffing and rescues.

  3. longislandhiker says:

    I just couldn’t help but notice the hunters needing rescue the last few weeks in the reports. I suppose it is more difficult for hunters who often go a ways off trail.

    You make good points. What is a hunting license, like $22? I could get behind something like that for hiking if it helps fund more rangers.

    • Boreas says:

      “What is a hunting license, like $22? I could get behind something like that for hiking if it helps fund more rangers.”

      Many people would. But it is something new and scary and there is much opposition here. In the meantime, hikers, skiers, and paddlers can only contribute by buying Hiking Supporter or Habitat Access patches. But neither earmarks funding for Rangers. Basil Seggos needs to address that issue separately, and has yet to recognize the need for increased staffing.

  4. gabe susice says:

    hunters in fact dont have nearly as many rescues as hikers. accidents happen.
    i come from a family with as many as 100 hunters in it. and about as many friends who hunt. not once in 40 years have any one of them needed ranger help.
    know how read maps how to use compass. be prepared. know bushcraft.
    allmost all hunters lost are new to the area they are hunting.

    • Boreas says:

      “…allmost all hunters lost are new to the area they are hunting.”

      I would say the same is true for hikers.

    • longislandhiker says:

      I appreciate everyone’s responses. It helps me formulate an opinion. So, it is clear that both hunters and hikers get lost. And hurt. Of course right now, we have massive amounts of hikers. Hunters do at least contribute towards their ranger rescues through the purchase of hunting licenses. And perhaps hikers should do the same. Hikers do sometimes pay a small parking fee at some of the trailheads, but a hiking license may be something to consider in addition. It also provides and education opportunity. What I don’t like about that is what it means to the one time hikers. The family of five vacationing in the Adirondacks that would need to shell out > $100 for their single hike of the year. Maybe, a hiking license should be required on many of the Adirondack High Peak trails, but not all trails. Popular shorter hikes, like Cascade and Porter can remain hiking permit free. The new trailhead should be well hardened for the traffic, a free trail to get a taste of hiking the High Peaks. As it is, they are relatively safe hikes without a big opportunity of getting lost. Obviously just spit balling here. But I’d like to see something like this done first, before we start trying to limit the number of hikers on a daily basis, which is a much more drastic measure, and more deeply impacts the hiking community. To remove the ability to go on a last minute hike…sucks. If the future proves that we need greater measures, then by all means, more can be explored. I know this doesn’t address crowds, parking, erosion, and trash. But first of all, I don’t consider trash an issue. I hike with a trash bag every time, and I just don’t find a lot of trash. I find stories of trash to be anecdotal. For erosion, I would consider shutting down some trails in the Spring as some have suggested. It’s a start.

  5. gabe susice says:

    hikers dont spend nearly as much money in the local economy as other outdoor

  6. Charlie S says:

    longislandhiker says: “Hunters do at least contribute towards their ranger rescues through the purchase of hunting licenses. And perhaps hikers should do the same………….”

    Then what? People looking to hike on a whim getting arrested, or cited, for partaking, or wishing to partake, in something that has been a public right since……? It won’t work, and to even propose it is almost as inane as renaming the Adirondack Museum the Adirondack Experience!

  7. Charlie S says:

    longislandhiker says: “What is a hunting license, like $22? I could get behind something like that for hiking if it helps fund more rangers.”

    Why should hikers have to pay what New York State, via taxpayer dollars, has been doing since forever and twenty blue moons?

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