QUEENSBURY, N.Y. - Authorities say a man found hanging from a tree stand near his Queensbury home apparently fell and was asphyxiated when he became tangled in his safety harness.
The Warren County Sheriff's Office says the incident occurred when 50-year-old Daniel Bemis went bow hunting Tuesday in the woods behind his home in the town of Queensbury.
The Sheriff's Office tells NEWS10 Bemis's bow was loaded and it appeared that he was about to shoot with it. They believe Bemis then leaned over in preparation for the shot, looking for a better angle to discharge the arrow from, when he either lost his balance or his footing was compromised, causing him to fall.
Officials say it appears Bemis fell at such an angle that it caused his safety harness to become wrapped around his upper body and he asphyxiated. Officials say Bemis had installed the harness correctly.
Police say he was found Tuesday night by a relative who went looking for him when he didn't return from his outing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.