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Deadly deer season: Five fatalities so far

Almond, N.Y – A 30-year-old Geneseo man has become New York’s
fifth deer-hunting fatality of the 2007 season.

State police said Brandon Haugh was hunting with a party of five
on Dec. 1 when another hunter not in the group mistook him for a
deer and shot him in the neck. He died instantly.

Police at press time had not identified the shooter.

The Monroe County Medical Examiner’s office performed an
autopsy. Results were not immediately available.

State Police and state DEC officers are continuing their
investigation.

Allegany County District Attorney Terrence Parker was to review
investigation results to determine whether charges are
possible.

The incident occurred in the Town of Almond in Allegany County,
about 65 miles south of Rochester.

Haugh’s death is the fifth deer-hunting fatality of the season
and the sixth New York hunting death of the year. A small game
hunter died prior to the deer season of a self-inflicted gunshot
wound, DEC officials said.

Two St. Lawrence County deer hunters died in separate shooting
incidents during the Northern Zone deer season, and a Montgomery
County man died when he was shot by a member of his hunting party
on the Opening Day of the Southern Zone firearms deer season Nov.
17.

In Cayuga County, a Cortland man was accidentally shot and
killed by his uncle as they hunted deer illegally a day before the
season opener. The shooter has been charged with criminally
negligent homicide.

Last year, there was just one hunting fatality statewide as New
York observed one of its safest hunting seasons in history.

DEC Sportsmen Education Administrator Wayne Jones said that the
five-year average number of incidents is 43 annually, including
four fatalities.

“Last year, the Southern Zone deer season had a total of 15
hunting-related shooting incidents, including one fatality,” he
said. “Opening weekend in 2006 included eight injuries, six of
which were self-inflicted.”

As of Nov. 20, Jones said there had been 28 incidents reported
for all of 2007.

Jones said that at least two of the fatal shootings “were what
we would classify as visibility-related. There’s a possibility they
may have been avoided if someone had been wearing blaze
orange.”

Jones had yet to receive a report on the Allegany County
incident.

Another shooting incident occurred Nov. 19 in the Town of
Harpersfield, about 65 miles southwest of Albany in Delaware
County.

State police said James J. Morrone, of Purchase, was charged
with first-degree reckless endangerment, prohibited use of a weapon
and hunting without a license in connection with the incident.

Steven Triano, 41, of West Harrison, was hunting with Morrone
when Morrone shot at a deer and hit Triano in the left leg, state
police said.

Both men were reportedly wearing camouflage clothing at the
time, police said.

Triano was taken to A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta and
later transferred to Westchester County Medical Center, police
said.

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