I just want to relate a raccoon hunt two hunting pals and myself had on November 20, 1920. It was one of those nice, warm nights. We drove eight miles to a creek where we had caught coons before. We turned the dogs loose, two in number, Blue, a blue tick coon, skunk and opossum hound, and Bobby, a black and tan coon, opossum and mink hound. Well, we had just turned them loose when Bobby opened up right at the creek bank and Blue was not long in getting in. Away they went down the creek in and out of the water. They ran for about one-quarter of a mile down the creek then went out into a corn field, and went straight away from the creek for about one-half mile and treed in a small cherry tree. Well, we wanted to see a little fight so shook Mr. Coon out and I will say that he proved too much for the dogs as he landed in a cornfield. After a good, hard chase and fight we killed him and started back for the timber when the dogs started after another coon, and ran her to the timber and treed in a large elm. Well, we could not kill her as we did not have anything but a 22 pistol so we climbed the tree, punched her out, and she was, also, some fighter. She got in the water and the dogs 'in on top, but they soon backed off so it fell to our lot to go in and get her out. I hit her on the head with a club, threw her out on the bank and she still had plenty of fight in her, but the dogs finally killed her. The dogs were going on three legs each, and the rest of us were pretty warm under the collar running the first one, so we decided we had caught a plenty for one night and beat it for home, well satisfied. The first coon weighed 20J pounds, the second 16i pounds. Pretty good coon for Iowa. I am sending two pictures of both dogs and their owners, also one picture of Bobby, the black and tan hound.
Mahosko County, Iowa
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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