That sounds odd, doesn't it, but I suppose all coon stories are true. I have been reading the H-T-T for over ten years, and do not miss any coon stories; I only wish some one would write more. I am going to give one of my several coon hunts, which took place last fall.
I have at present one old coon dog, called Rim", and a pup nine months old. The old dog is six and he certainly is a dandy. I have been out with a few good dogs, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, McDonald and different places, but this old dog of mine I think the best of all. He is part red-bone and bull. My pup is a Walker and has treed this year himself twice, and will surely make a good.
To go back to my story — on the night of November 2d, Geo. Pholighy, Floyd Craker and I thought we would try out this old dog and a young female, we bought in Ohio on trial, and by the way both dogs were working, we came to the conclusion that neither dog was any good, for neither one would not leave us for over five minutes at a time. We soon found out that both dogs were strange and were only waiting to get acquainted. We walked through three woods without any excitement and were entering a cornfield when Ring shot past us and looked as though he was getting busy. We soon found out what he was after in a few minutes; he opened up on a trail and in thirty minutes had treed. We found the tree down in a swampy hollow and old Ring had nearly all the bark torn off the old red oak where the coon was and he certainly was some coon. The only buck coon we caught last fall and it weighed twenty-seven pounds.
The tree was too large to climb so Pholighy soon brought him out with a shot from the 20 gauge. The coon sure did put up some fight, even after being shot in the face, but old Ring was on the job and soon fixed Mr. Buck.
I had some good chases with the dog and expect to have some more this fall, although coon are scarce in this locality.
Louis Miller, Penn.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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