I was in the State of Idaho, where I was trapping one winter, when this little adventure took place. I had been out on my line and was on my way back when I thought I would set some marten traps or deadfalls. I stopped and was looking for signs and was about to start on when, hearing a noise, I looked through the brush into a little open space and what did I see but a large buck and a wildcat sparring around. I had left my rifle at home and didn't have any gun but a .38 Colt's, which was little better than a pop-gun at that distance. I thought for a minute and then decided to go to the other side of the opening and see if I couldn't get a little closer. I then went around the opening through the brush and soon reached the other side. I got my six gun out of its holster and started to bombard the two, thinking they would run. but instead they both turned and looked at the place where I was ambushed and started for it. I then and there made up my mind to make myself scarce, I climbed a tree and sat among its lower branches, which were about twelve feet above the ground.
Thinking myself safe I started to roll a smoke; but I had no more than started when something hit the tree and almost knocked me out of it. Looking down I saw the buck standing looking up and the cat by his side. They stood thus for a few minutes and 1 had begun to think about shooting them, when the cat jumped to the buck's back and tried to get to me by jumping up the tree. The first time I knocked him down with the heel of my boot. The next time, by hitting him with the butt of my six-shooter, and the next time with a bullet; he didn't jump any more.
The buck gave a great bellow and inside of five minutes there were twenty deer in the glade. I then decided that I had to get rid of them. Deciding to shoot them, I began by shooting the big buck, then following two does and another buck. The rest of the deer broke and ran, but one doe, which I shot before leaving the tree. I went down and skinned them and took the hides home and dressed them and made some very fine robes. This is only one of my many adventures.
Whitman County, Washington.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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