PHELPS, N.Y. (WROC) — 28-year-old Zachary Barse of Gorham has been identified as the man who died after a hunting incident in Phelps Thursday.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s office says that Barse was hunting with an “acquaintance” of his, 61 year old Kevin Hudson from Clifton Springs.

Barse died after being hit by a round fired by Hudson. Barse had shot a deer, was tracking it, and as he was tracking the deer, Hudson fired from a tree stand. The bullet struck Barse in the upper body. OCSO says that Barse was only wearing camouflage and no orange coloring.

Hudson then called 911, and attempted CPR. Barse was dead shortly after first responders arrived.

OCSO says the incident is still under investigation.


A man in his 20s is dead after what police describe as a “hunting incident” involving two male subjects near Cross Road in the Town of Phelps Thursday.

According to authorities, officials responded to a private area near Cross Road at 11 a.m. following a call of a person shot with a hunting rifle. Police attempted life-saving procedures but were ultimately unsuccessful.

Once at the scene, police located a male in his 20s who was pronounced dead and a second man in his 60s who officials say originally called the police.

Ontario County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant David Cirencione said the two men were known to each other but did not confirm their specific relationship.

The cause of the death is currently being investigated by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials say the two men were in the woods at the time of the incident, part of a private area across the Oaks Corners Fire Department station in the Town of Phelps.