Let me start by saying that we are all OK. My in-laws stopped by last night and we were all sitting around our dining room table, chatting and playing with the kids. It was snowing and starting to get dark, so PRH's parents were getting ready to leave when we heard a loud PING sound. I honestly had no idea what the sound was and was thinking it was our water pipes, maybe a broken window, our radiator? It was a freaking BULLET right through our dining room wall!!! My father-in-law was the first to see the spent 30-caliber bullet on the dining room floor. We could still hear shooting, so we gathered the kids up and ran to the other side of the house. I called 911 while my father-in-law ran out to see where the shot came from, to see if someone was shooting in our yard. State troopers came immediately to start investigating. They found the shooter; he isn't from this area, but our neighbors had given him permission to hunt on their property. I'm sure they assumed he would hunt responsibly on their land. He did not. The guy was hunting at dusk and shot at a deer in a field behind our house. He fired 3 shots...two went into a deer and one went into our home. I understand that freak accidents happen all the time, but this is Hunting 101, folks. Know the land, don't shoot towards houses, remember how far bullets travel! This is the FOURTH time this year that a bullet has gone through a home in Tioga County. The fourth time!
The most important thing is that no one was hurt and, for that, we are extraordinarily thankful. What I hope my lovely readers take away from what could've been a tragic accident is this: if you have hunters in your life or allow people to hunt on your property, please ask them to be mindful and consider their surroundings before they shoot.