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Dunkirk hunter found dead in tree stand

DUNKIRK – A Town of Dunkirk man who had gone hunting with his son-in-law was found Saturday in a tree stand where he died of natural causes, according to State Police at Fredonia.

John Kucharski Jr., 69, of North Point Drive, was found by his son-in-law about 5 p.m. in the tree stand on the son-in-law’s 38-acre property on Urban Road, Investigator Steven Dibble said.

The two men had started hunting about 6 a.m. when they went their separate ways, Dibble said. Kucharski stayed in the 20-foot-high tree stand, while his son-in-law went hunting deeper into his property, he said.

When the son-in-law returned home and learned that Kucharski had not returned, he went to the tree stand where he found him, Dibble said.

Chautauqua County Coroner Warren Riles pronounced Kucharski dead at the scene. Police said he had health problems, which they did not specify.

It was the second area hunting-related death reported Saturday. Another hunter was found dead the same day in the Town of Porter in Niagara County. He was identified Sunday as George Lebrun 50, of the Town of Wilson. Deputies said he appeared to have suffered a medical emergency.

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