Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Boy Scouts to come aid of 80-year-old ill hiker

forest ranger reportsRecent NYS DEC Forest Ranger actions:

Town of Newcomb
Essex County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 18 at 7:25 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received radio contact from retired Forest Ranger Dell Jeffrey about a lost hunter in the Goodnow Flow. Forest Ranger Sabo responded to that location and located the 62-year-old hunter from Connecticut at 8:45 p.m. Ranger Sabo escorted the subject back out to the road by 9:30 p.m.

Town of Greig
Lewis County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 22 at 7:03 p.m., Lewis County 911 contacted DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch requesting assistance locating an overdue hunter in the Independence River Wild Forest. Forest Rangers Lee and Hanno responded to Partridgeville Road where they met up with two Lewis County Sheriff’s Deputies at the scene. After interviewing members of the hunting party, the Rangers determined the 58-year-old hunter from LaFargeville was likely in a half-mile section of woods near the camp. To assist the hiker, one deputy operated a siren from a fixed location while the second deputy drove along a nearby section of highway with emergency lights activated. After approximately 30 minutes, the hunter walked out to the road and where they were met by responders. The subject explained he had hunted this area for nearly 15 years, but became disoriented after dark and didn’t have a map, compass, or source of light. Resources were clear at 8:14 p.m.

Town of Indian Lake
Hamilton County
Wilderness Rescue:
 On Oct. 23 at 1:50 p.m., DEC’s Ray Brook Dispatch received a request for Forest Ranger assistance with an 80-year-old man from Albany who became ill while hiking in the Tirrell Pond area. A group of Boy Scouts assisted the hiker to a lean-to. Three Forest Rangers responded with an ATV to assist. Once the Rangers were close enough to the hiker’s location, they helped him to the ATV and drove him out of the woods. At 5:10 p.m., the hiker refused further medical assistance.

Be sure to properly prepare and plan before entering the backcountry. Visit DEC’s Hike Smart NYAdirondack Backcountry Information and Catskill Backcountry Information webpages for more information.

If a person needs a Forest Ranger, whether it’s for a search and rescue, to report a wildfire, or to report illegal activity on state lands and easements, they should call 833-NYS-RANGERS. If a person needs urgent assistance, they can call 911. To contact a Forest Ranger for information about a specific location, the DEC website has phone numbers for every Ranger listed by region.

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Information attributed to NYSDEC is taken from press releases and news announcements from New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation.

3 Responses

  1. Boreas says:

    Basic but important stuff. I always carry a lanyard around my neck when in the woods. It has a flat, plastic whistle and a flat compass. Never had to use the whistle because I used the compass. While a map is a good idea, if you are in familiar territory but confused off-trail, you should always know roughly what direction you need to walk to hit a road or trail. It doesn’t matter where you are in the parcel – if walking N will take you to a stream, path, road, then use the compass to head N. Having these tools on a lanyard comes in handy if you find yourself in a spruce hole in winter as you may not be able to get to your pockets!

    When I was a wee lad hunting with my dad at night, he never failed to pull out his compass before leaving the road/car. If you want to get good and confused, get yourself into the middle of a swamp after dark.

    • Boreas says:

      Also tough to read a compass in total darkness…

      • JT says:

        Just to add to your comment. Without a compass, a right handed person will tend to veer right when walking rather than a straight line. This happened to me on my own property a couple of times. we got a snow storm which made the woods look completely different, I thought I was heading out towards the road and came upon a set of foot prints. They were mine, I had made a big circle.

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