More than an estimated 700,000 hunters headed for the woods opening day of firearm hunting season, leaving some area businesses pretty sparse.
"There's a lot of guys off work today. I think probably half the company took the day off to deer hunt," construction worker Roy Ayres says.
And it seems students followed their parents to the woods. Some classes at Potterville High School were half full Monday.
"We always have a little larger absentee rate today", says Superintendent Fred Williams.
But Eric Clark, a junior at Potterville High who came late to school from hunting says it's to be expected; "I've been hunting since I can remember. It's been kind of a tradition for opening day."