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A Port Byron man died Saturday afternoon during a hunting trip after he fell from a tree stand. 

Detective Lt. Brian Schenck of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Gale Lytle, 54, was attempting to climb up into a tree stand when he fell approximately 18 feet. The incident occurred off of Center Road in the town of Scipio.

Schenck said Lytle was discovered later by members of his hunting party. He appears to have died from injuries related to the fall, Schenck said, but the official cause of death will be determined by an autopsy from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office.  

Staff writer Natalie Brophy can be reached at (315)282-2239 or natalie.brophy@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie. 

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