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Date:10/23/2014 7:30:55 AM
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Hunter's Moon
The full moon of November is the "Hunter's Moon." This is probably because at this time of year the coon hunters would go on night hunts with their dogs. The countryside would echo with the baying of hounddogs each night. It is also the time that the pioneers would have the time and moonlit nights to sit in wait for bear and deer at salt licks and open clearings.
When it comes to hunting, you either "get it" or you don't. A hunter's passion for the hunt moves him or her like nothing else. Such a man was my Pa. Dave Truckey was born in 1909 and lived to age 75. As I had mentioned in a past blog, when my Pa was my age, there were no wild turkeys, wolves, or bear around our area. There had been some when his Pa was young. Pa had to content himself with hunting small game and the few deer that existed back in the timeframe from 1940 to 1985. That man loved to hunt and fish! When my Ma was about to marry Pa, one of his friends told her, "I hope you like to eat rabbit." When Pa would see a partridge or rabbit, or even sign of one, down would come the 20 gauge or .22 and off he would go. One time he came home from work around midnight right after a fresh snow under a full moon. He saw fresh rabbit tracks in the snow. While the rest of us slept, he took his little single shot .22 and followed the rabbit tracks. I imagine it must've been pleasant for him; being alone in the quiet moonlight, enjoying a chance to provide for his family in an older, more traditional way instead of sweating in the noise and stress of the paper mill. After trudging the length of his forty, Pa spied the rabbit huddled in the lee of a fence post. One crack of the .22 and he had yet another rabbit for the freezer, (much to the joy of my Ma, to be sure).
More hunting stories to follow, right up through the end of our deer season.
-- Gary
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