By Associated Press - Thursday, December 1, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - State officials are planning to discuss hunting safety issues after a spate of accidents that killed four New York hunters and left an enforcement officer wounded.

Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos and other DEC officials will hold a news conference Thursday at the agency’s Albany headquarters to remind hunters how to avoid accidents when hunting deer.

Since the deer season opened last month, four hunters have died from gun accidents. The fatalities have occurred in Oswego, Oneida, Livingston and Chautauqua counties. Three other hunters have been wounded in non-fatal hunting accidents.

On Tuesday night, DEC Officer James Davey was shot and wounded while checking out reports of possible illegal hunting in Columbia County. He’s recovering in a Hudson Valley hospital. A local man has been charged with assault.

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