10/10/2012 01:43 EDT | Updated 10/07/2013 08:31 EDT

Tracy De Montezuma, Lake Country Hunter, Killed By Loaded Rifle

LAKE COUNTRY, B.C. - The coroner's office suggests one crucial error cost an Okanagan-area hunter his life.

A release from the coroner says 52-year-old Lake Country, B.C., resident Tracy De Montezuma was hiking through dense forest and climbing over fallen logs southeast of Vernon on Sept. 29.

It appears his rifle was loaded and discharged accidentally, hitting him in the torso.

The experienced hunter died in the bush.

De Montezuma's body was found after an intensive five-day search. (CHBC)