Well, I did it. I went out while it was still dark and sat in the field below the Inn for about 45 minutes while the sun came up. I heard about a hundred gunshots, some of which ended up uncomfortable in my direction. I saw some deer down at the hill along ways in a horse pasture that belongs to my neighbor (no, they were not horses) but they were a long way off and it was just dark enough that I couldn't really identify if they were buck or doe, so I didn't shoot. And that was much the story of the rest of the day, save for three little doe that I sat and stared at me for a minute or so. They were to small though (I've had this personal rule about not shooting anything that weighs much less than me) so we just stood and stared at each other for a while. The weather was unexpectedly beautiful though. There was still some snow in the fields, but most of the ice had melted making it easier to walk, and it was about 37 degrees, which seemed very warm after the last few weeks here. The sky was amazing pretty much all day long. I took some pictures of it early:
So at quarter after eight I came back, took a quick shower, jumped in the car and drove to school to be a my nine o'clock oral comm class. I worked at the office for most of the rest of the day since my other class was canceled and then headed back to hunt again. So that was the first day of deer season.
I got my new passport today which was awesome and totally beyond my expectations. So now I can go to Italy! (well, actually there are just a few other things to take care of, but that was a major one).