DUNKIRK AND RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. -- On opening weekend of the latest deer hunting season, two Western New York hunters were found dead in two separate incidents.
State Police in Fredonia say family members found 69-year-old John Kucharski, Jr. dead in a tree stand on the family's property this weekend.
According to troopers, he never returned home after a day of hunting Saturday. He was found about 20 feet in the air in the tree stand.
"Kucharski had known health conditions and was pronounced dead of natural causes by Chautauqua County Corner Warren Riles who also responded to the scene," state police said in a release.
In a separate incident, Niagara County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the death of another hunter, whose body was found in the woods in Ransomville Saturday night.
A release from the Sheriff's Office says the victim's hunting partner reported him missing at around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Deputies and troopers started searched the area.
Investigators began using GPS technology to try to track the victim's cell phone signal.
A short time later, as the search was beginning,the hunting partner called 911 again, this timeto report he had found his friend's body. Deputies again used GPS to find that missing hunter and the body.
"The death does not appear suspicious at this time," a release from the Sheriff's Office said.
The hunter's name has not been released, pending notification of his family.