Snowstorms batter some deer hunters

Staff report

Indian Lake, N.Y. – Northern Zone deer hunters in a portion of
the Adirondacks were greeted by a nearly two-foot snowfall on the
second weekend of the season, a storm that likely contributed to
the death of one hunter.

Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies said 68-year-old Edward P.
Dzubak of Mahopac (Putnam County) died of an apparent heart attack
on Oct. 29 at about 3 p.m.

Dzubak, hunting with group of 10 people in the Moose River
Plains area, returned to the group’s tent in the afternoon,
complaining of shortness of breath. He collapsed a short time later
and was unresponsive.

Sheriff’s deputies said some members of his hunting party
performed CPR, while others trudged out of the woods to get help.
It took rescue personnel several hours to reach the camp, since 22
inches of snow combined with high winds had knocked down several
trees in the road to the hunting camp in the town of Indian
Lake.

Three teams of DEC forest rangers on snowmobiles used chain saws
and enlisted help from a log skidder and grader to clear the
road.

Dzubak was pronounced dead by Hamilton County Coroner Ronald St.
Marie. An autopsy showed the cause of death to be heart
disease.

DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell said more than 50 hunters
exited the Moose River Plains area on Oct. 29-30 after the
snowstorm. They were assisted by DEC personnel, state police,
Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies, the Indian Lake Ambulance and
Rescue Squad, Inlet Police Department, Inlet Ambulance and Rescue,
and volunteers on snowmobiles.

Warmer weather after the snowstorm also hampered hunters as the
maze of roads in the Moose River Plains area became muddy and
rutted in many spots.

Another Northern Zone hunter that same weekend spent two nights
in the woods after becoming lost in the Mud Lake area near Piseco,
also in Hamilton County.

DEC officials said 40-year-old Joe Quichington of Albany failed
to meet up with members of his hunting party on Saturday, prompting
a search effort that was stalled by the snowstorm on Sunday.

Quichington was spotted by a forest ranger in a state police
helicopter Monday morning (Oct. 30) south of Spy Lake. He was
evaluated by Piseco emergency personnel but was simply cold, tired
and sore, officials said.

The storm was the second significant snowfall to affect deer
hunting in the state. Earlier last month, western New York was
pounded by a mid-October snowstorm that dumped heavy, wet snow on
much of the region on the opening weekend of the Southern Zone
archery season. The storm left several hundred thousand people
without power, including some bowhunters who were forced to stay
home and tend to generators and downed trees.

Also in western New York, a 46-year-old Ontario County man died
Oct. 31 when his motorcycle collided with a large buck.

Genesee County sheriff’s deputies said Brian L. McDonald was
then thrown from his 2000 Harley-Davidson and struck by an oncoming
vehicle traveling in the other direction on Route 20 near the
Livingston County line.

McDonald was pronounced dead at the scene, and deputies said no
charges are expected to be filed against the driver of the other
vehicle.

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