John H. Turner, 11
During the first two days of my vacation I was at home, but it was
too lonesome, so I started with some friends on a hunting trip on the mountain.
We rode as far as a friends where we left our horses. Then we
walked about four miles where we came to a spring where we pitched our tent. We then
broiled some eggs and bacon, which we ate for supper.
Later my friends went to sleep but the dogs howled so that I could
not sleep. Later in the night the dogs stopped howling and I was about to go to sleep when
I heard the scream of a wild cat. I got up and sat before the fire with my gun in my hands
until morning. When morning came we ate breakfast and later started out to hunt rabbits.
When we had gone about one half mile from our camp we tracked a
bear. We put our dogs on the trail and two of us followed while others watched at certain
points. In about one half an hour we routed him. When we had run him about two hours we
met him coming back the way he had come. We fired five shots at him before we killed him
and carried the skin and the meat to our camp. We had bear meat as long as we camped on
The next day we went out and killed a wild cat and several rabbits.
During the next few days we killed many pheasants and turkeys.
We then went home very proud of our game. We received twelve dollars
for our bear and wild cat and thirty cents apiece for our rabbits. We each got four
dollars apiece for this game.
We then started to school again.