Coon Hunting part 3 of 4

An excerpt from forth coming book:
Seneca Seasons: A Farm Boy Remembers
Coon Hunting part 3 of 4
“Bring the flashlight closer, Phillip” Dad said. Dad wanted the flashlight beam to be in line somewhat with the gun sights. Dad shoots, misses, the coon moves a few feet further up the tree, partially hidden behind a limb. This is one cagey coon!
Dad reloads the .22 rifle. Phillip was holding the flashlight slightly behind Dad’s head and the beam of light right in line with the raccoon. Dad slowly pulled the trigger, the gunshot echoing in the fall night, and the coon came tumbling out of the tree, striking the ground with a thud. Browser rushes over, grabs the coon, and lets go, realizing perhaps that this is not a squirrel. No need to shake the living daylights out of this monster!
We examine the coon via the flashlight beam. Dad finds a small twig about eight inches long, cuts the tendon behind both hind legs of the raccoon, and threads the stick thru the tendon. showed us years earlier how to use this technique to carry squirrels. Squirrels are much lighter than coons, and only one hind leg is sufficient.
We trudge up the hill. I am totally disoriented. I don’t even know where we are or what direction is north. Knowing which way north was is very important to me, because that is how I know where I am, and what direction I need to go.
But thankfully, Dad knows where we are. We boys follow behind. Soon we are off “the bench”, into the “small field” and onto the “long field”.
We follow the “long field” fence that separates the Scheckel land from our neighbor Rudy Kozelka. The stars overhead seem so close you could reach up and touch them. The Milky Way was clearly visible from southwest to northeast. I had read about the Milky Way at Oak Grove School that past year.

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