Opening Day of Gun Season – My Experience

My boyfriend is an avid hunter. He loves the outdoors, and could just sit in his treestand for hours and be happy. Over the past couple years I have begun to be interested in hunting, and the practice/experience of harvesting game. So, this fall I took a Hunter Safety Course, which is required in New York to get your hunting license. I took the combination Bow and Gun course, allowing me to hunt with whatever I chose.

I went out once with Mike during archery season and just sat in the tree stand with him, which I posted some funny pictures in this post here. Today was the opening day of gun season. Therefore, I partook in the ritual of getting up at 5am, dragging my butt out of bed, throwing on layers upon layers of “warm” clothing with an outer layer of camo. I loaded my gun, and we headed off the the ground blind. Now, thank goodness we hunted out back of Mike’s house. Because here’s my play by play:

0600: Leave house. Walk up a steep incline approximately 200 yards to the food plot/ground blind location.

0615: Get situated in the ground blind, with 2 people, 2 chairs, 2 guns. Open vents so we have sight all around us in case a deer comes in.

0630: Listen to the neighbors drive their ATV into the woods. As it’s just starting to get light out, here the first shot.

0645-0830: Hear multiple gun shots all around us. See no deer. My hand warmers are doing awesome. My nose is frozen and snot is starting to drip (super attractive for Mike, I’m sure). My toes are ice, despite the wool socks, Ugg boots, and space boots I have on. Mike keeps trying to talk to me, but my headband, hat, and 2 hoods make it impossible to hear anything (how I wouldve heard a deer is a moot point at this time).

Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 10.24.53 AM0845: Mike tells me I lookmiserable, gives me a hi-five for coming out. And tells me to pack my stuff up and head back to the house where I can warm up, drink coffee, and take a hot bath. And, defeated, having seen 0 deer, I do as he suggested.

0900: Warm my car up because, screw sitting inside, I want Dunkin Donuts.

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Mike would be proud though, I didn’t take an camo selfies this time!

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