Deer hunter dies after falling from tree stand in Cayuga County

CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- A deer hunter died Saturday afternoon in Cayuga County after falling about 18 feet from a tree stand.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off Center Road in Scipio, according to Det. Lt. Brian Schenck of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office.

The hunter was identified as Gale Lytle, 54, of Port Byron.

Schenck said his office is awaiting results of an autopsy by the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office.
By James T. Mulder,