Canfield said Ayer’s death was an accident, caused by a single gunshot wound to the head when a member of his hunting party dropped his rifle.
Maher is south of Crawford, on Colorado State Highway 92.
The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Delta County Dispatch about an injured hunter Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m.
About 40 minutes later, a second call from Delta dispatch reported the victim had died.
Sheriff’s Office deputies and members of the Montrose Sheriff’s Posse responded, along with members of the Montrose Fire Department, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Crawford ambulance.
The Montrose County Coroner’s Office of Medical Investigations and the Montrose County Sheriff’s office conducted the investigation into Ayer’s death. An autopsy was conducted Wednesday.