The kind of guns most used here arc the 12gauge shotguns and .22 rifles.
The game here is rabbits, squirrels, quail, and sometimes wild geese and ducks stop in the spring and fall.
The fur-bearing animals are red and grey foxes, raccoons, opossums, skunks and muskrats.
The kind of guns I use are 12-gauge L. C. Smith hammerless shotgun and .22 Winchester repeating rifle. I use No. 6 shot for rabbits and squirrels; No. 2 chilled for 'coons and foxes.
Racoon hunting is a great sport here, but there are but few hounds around here that will tree a 'coon.
My brother came out from town. He wanted 10 go 'coon hunting, so we started about seven o'clock and went down to the creek, which is about a mile away. The hound started a 'coon; he trailed him up the creek about a mile. He left the creek and went across a corn field to a large oak that stood on the bank of a branch. The tree was a den tree, so I had to climb it. I took my dog chain and tied a club about four feet long around my neck with the chain and up 1 went. The tree had lots of limbs on it. When I got to the hole the 'coon was about five feet below, but there- was a small hole halfway between the top hole and 'coon, so I ran the club in the small hole and ran the 'coon out on a limb and as he started to come back to the hole I knocked him off of the limb with the club. My brother and the hound had the 'coon killed before
I got down out of the tree, so I put the 'coon in my hunting coat and we went home.
Putnam County, Indiana.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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