12.08.2011

ATTENTION HUNTERS...

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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.

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50 comments:

Amy said...

Holy moly! First, I want to say I am so glad your family is alright. That is a harrowing experience.

I am also so glad you called the police. Maybe the fact that this has happened 4 times - I don't know, maybe you can write a letter to the local paper? No, call the editor and have them put it on the front page. Stir some people up.

Nancy said...

Uk, how horrifying! So glad you are all ok!!

alison said...

Oh my god! That is my worst nightmare come true! I'm glad you were all ok. I live not too far south of you and my house borders protected state land (ie. no hunting) but every once in a while I hear a loud pop and it gives me chills.

frecklewonder said...

the picture of the kiddos at the table with the holes in the wall just behind them REALLY brings it all home.

i mean, HELLO!?!?!?!??!?!?! super careless.

you guys must have been so frightened!!!!!!!

glad you called 911, and so SO relieved that no one was hurt.

chiara said...

Holy crow! I would be so shook up. That is crazy. Glad you and your family are safe and sound.

Nerissa said...

Oh my goodness! So very glad your family is alright. Hope the police gave the idiot a shake down. How ignorant!

Maria Baker said...

Holy crap. That scares the jeebus out of me. We're just getting rady to move to the edge of a conservation area and the idea of a hunter never even crossed my mind. Lord. I'm SO glad you're all okay. I hope that guy at least faces some stiff fines or something. What gets into people??

Mama Fabun said...

I'm so thankful that you and your family are safe!

Dani said...

Wow wow wow. What an awful and odd experience- glad you are all ok!

anika said...

that's incredibly alarming. I'm so glad you are all safe!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

OMG- As a Feng Shui consultant I can't stress how important it is that you to a 'treatment' for your home/space- this kind of 'cutting' chi should not be in your home- do it before the holidays.

Roseanna said...

I would blame your neighbors as well!
Who would let someone in their property shooting, with children next door???? SO glad you called the police, I hope this "jack wagon" is paying for repairs to you wall!

bsrowe said...

That is way too scary. Here is a link to a Buffalo News article about a hunter whose bullet hit a school bus. He is facing charges. The hunter who carelessly hit your house AND the owner who allowed him on his land should be prosecuted, too. Abby, be very, very careful outdoors during hunting season with this scenario!
http://www.buffalonews.com/city/communities/southern-tier/article645693.ece

Francesca said...

bloody hell! that is kerrrazy! glad you're all ok. what a shock! x

inaina said...

how did it enter the house? THROUGH the wall?

atout said...

HOOOOOOOOOLY SHIT! This is one of the scariest things. So glad everyone is ok!

FutureLint said...

Om my gosh! I would be so scared/pissed! Glad everyone is ok though! When I was a kid, I remember we were camping and driving to our site in my mom's station wagon and a pheasant landed on the roof of the car and a hunter shot it off! Um, there are kids in that moving car! Not a good idea!

Jill Dion said...

I think the shooter and your neighbors should be held accountable. This is such a dangerous mistake that I'm afraid these people need to be made to understand gravity of their mistake with consequences so they and others won't do it again. If this isn't made the "big deal"
it is, I'm afraid it will happen again. I'm so very glad you guys are ok.

emmel-prutsemieke said...

wow!! horrifying!

mooi hoor... said...

What?! Don't people need to do an extensive course and pass an exam before they get a license to hunt?

Can't think of what could have happened there!

Sarah @ { rad: renovations are dirty } said...

Holy crap.. that's horrific! Thank goodness you're all okay. I hope that hunter gets in big trouble.

Abbey said...

OH MY GOD. I'm so incredibly thankful that everyone is okay and that you were so quick thinking and that the state police came so quickly, too. How nice to have the guy apprehended so you know HE won't be doing it again.

sk said...

OH MY GOD. Thank goodness you are all alright!!!!

zameander said...

(and here we are, in the heart of l.a., thinking gosh we wish we lived in the country...)
SO GLAD everybody is okay!

Josh said...

Absolutely horrible and crazy. Glad you are all OK. I'd be very. shook up.

Jodi Ann said...

that is literally something out of a movie...a horrible movie with ridiculous hunters. I'm so glad everyone is fine!

Petra said...

Coming from a country were hunting is hardly practised, let alone being armed, this is a very strange story. I had a good time though, reading out loud the reaction of the feng shui lady to my husband. I hope you will live bullet free for the rest of the time.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thank you all! We're really fine- the biggest thing is that no one was hurt. PRH and I grew up in this area and have never seen something like this happen. We're VERY careful not to let the kids play outside during hunting season. It never occurred to me, however, that a bullet could come through our wall! It shot through the side of the house and into the dining room, hitting the wood around the window seat. The troopers and DEC were excellent and found the shooter almost immediately.

NY state does require hunters to take an extensive course and exam before they get their license. Unfortunately, the guy simply wasn't using his head. He was well beyond the 500 yard limit, but a 30-caliber bullet can travel quite a distance, which is what happened in this case. He should've known not to shoot towards a house though. His license was revoked, he has to pay a hefty fine, and he'll also have to re-take the hunting course before he's allowed to hunt again legally. Thanks again, everyone!
xo,
Abbey

bbphoto said...

I hope that your neighbor will be respectful of your families needs, and not allow hunting on their property anymore.

juli said...

That is crazy! I'm so glad no one was hurt.

Capree said...

OMG, what! So glad you are all safe! Yikes.

Paulette said...

I'm so glad you all are safe Abbey. It was scary to read that even with the disclaimer at the beginning.

kira said...

Insane. Thank goodness you and your family are all right!

Joetta M. said...

so scary. SO GLAD you and Phil and the kiddos are safe and sound. So frustrating that hunters would be so careless.
much love to you.
J

A Beautiful Party said...

oh my gosh! I'm so relieved to hear everything turned out okay. I'm sorry you guys had to go through this, though. Yuck!

Cat said...

OMG--I am so terrified by your story. Thank God no one was hurt!! I have to admit to not spending much time thinking about this problem but I'd better. I live out in the country--deer country. Yes, please get the paper to print something about this most dangerous issue!

Bianca said...

that is absolutely terrible and i would be furious. glad you're all ok.

celeste said...

whaaaaa?!?!?!?!

glad you guys are okay.

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

Holy shit Abbey! I just saw this. WTF. I am SO glad you're all ok, but I would be super freaked out. Will call tomorrow during real people hours. xoxoxo

Mopar said...

That is insane! We found two bullets in our wall while renovating -- we live in Brooklyn. It didn't occur to me you might face the same dangers in the country :) Wear lots of bright hats. Crazy!

so said...

crazy crazy crazy---there are good people that love guns and hunting and there a ton of fools that have guns--glad no one was hurt!!!!!!
they should take away that guys right bear arms

leFiligree said...

lots and lots of people hunt up here...but not in residential or recreational areas! jeebus!

Elizabeth said...

Holy cow!! I'm so glad you all are okay!

The Lady Nomad said...

I'm glad you are all ok, I know first hand how frightening that can be... 12 years ago I was in college living on Roosevelt Island (it's in the East River between Manhattan and Queens) and at about 1 in the morning my roommates and I were awoken by a horrible loud noise. The noise was our balcony door shattering as a bullet came over from Manhattan - it went through the door, hit a living room wall, went into the kitchen where it hit a cabinet and finally landed in a strainer. Luckily none of us were in the living room or kitchen at that time - but I still remember just how frightening the entire experience was.

Karyn said...

Oh my goodness! That must have been very traumatic! I'm so glad you are all ok.

Jen @ RamblingRenovators said...

Now that I've seen the photos, that makes me doubly ill. So so glad all of you are all okay.

Zoƫ {Conversation Pieces} said...

That's terrifying! Absolutely terrifying... Your wee ones at the table with the holes above them makes me shudder. So glad everyone was ok x

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

It makes me sick to think what could have happened. So, so glad you were all okay.

Eva / Sycamore Street Press said...

So scary! I'm so glad everyone is okay. We live out in the countryside and have to watch for this, too. One day my dad was walking down the road to our place when he heard a gun fire and then felt/heard the bullet whiz right by his ear! It was that close! Same thing... the neighbors had let someone hunt on their property (which is illegal), and the hunters were NOT taking the proper precautions. My dad reported it to the county, but even though they knew who did it, they didn't so much as slap him on the wrist because he's a "good 'ol boy".

Anna said...

Glad you guys are ok! That gives me chills. I just saw this on our local news this morning. (its about an hour from me). http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20111220/WIRE/111229967/2055/NEWS?Title=Man-cleaning-rifle-shoots-kills-Amish-girl-in-Ohio

i've always been around hunting but thankfully all of family are responsible hunters!

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