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#5800050 - 06/22/15 09:01 AM Holy Cheet!
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Last Friday morning loaded Jill, Pearl and Luke to hunt about daybreak south of Menard. Jill and Pearl are cold trailing hussies and took a track about a mile before finding the coon squatted in thick agarita. The dogs had the coon subdued before I got to them and Luke had been bitten on the ear and was bleeding as usual. (He is a very gritty young man).
I called to the dogs to load but they began to wind as if there had been another coon in the area. I let them go and to see what they could find. In a few minutes, treed on a big boar coon, so I decided to shoot it out to them.
At the report of my .22 pistol, I did not hear the familiar "thud" but the coon bailed as if hit. It did not take long to realize that the coon was not badly injured and the fight was on. Rather than let the big boar chew on my dogs, I decided to wade in and finish him off like I have done thousands of times.
I waited for the dogs to give me an open shot then shoved the pistol near the coon's head and pulled the trigger just as Luke darted back in.
The bullet struck Luke in the head as he yelped and rolled away from the coon, slinging his head and stumbling. I was in shock and realized that I might have to finish him off as I did not want to see him suffer.
I watched him closely and noticed that he never lost his feet and though definitely in pain, was beginning to regain composure. After a short time, he ran toward the truck, turned and faced me, blood running off the side of his head. He allowed me to examine the wound which appeared to have entered where his ear attached to the skull and proceeded downward alongside the head and exiting back through the ear.
Luke was a lucky dog and I was a lucky hunter. While I have done this thousands of times, it goes to show that you can never be too safe. Luke is making a recovery and should be ready to go again in a few days.
Adios,
Gary

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#5800058 - 06/22/15 09:06 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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WOW! A very close call.
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#5800065 - 06/22/15 09:10 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Glad to hear Luke is gonna be alright. Do you think he learned to stay back when he sees you close in with the pistol?
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#5800084 - 06/22/15 09:27 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Glad to hear he's no worse for wear... Hopefully both Luke and yourself learned a lesson on that hunt up
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#5800128 - 06/22/15 10:08 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Man, glad he is ok. I grew up coon hunting and sure do miss it. Lots of wild stories from back then.
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#5800139 - 06/22/15 10:19 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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I am only 62 and been hunting with hounds since I was 10. I have waded in and shot coons, cats, hogs and snakes but it goes to show you that you can't be too careful.
Not sure if Luke learned a lesson but he is very intelligent and I hope that he did. Problem is they sure get worked up when there is a predator in fighting distance.
Adios,
Gary

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#5800142 - 06/22/15 10:20 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Sounds like you two dodged a bullet. Well not quite, but just enough. Glad to hear the good ending
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#5800239 - 06/22/15 11:18 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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One positive thing about this wreck was that we did not have a camera there filming for CARNIVORE!
Adios,
Gary

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#5801559 - 06/23/15 07:31 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Sure don't need the anti's seeing something like that. Just fuel for the fire.
Best wishes, Gary.
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#5801588 - 06/23/15 07:48 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Glad Luke is going to be alright. Might be stone cold deaf, but he's alive. up
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#5801718 - 06/23/15 09:07 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Next time do it Davy Crockett style, and jump in with a knife. grin
Glad to hear he's okay.
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#5801730 - 06/23/15 09:15 AM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Poor pup, glad he is recovering.
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#5802008 - 06/23/15 12:24 PM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Glad Luke is ok. There isn't much that is heavier on your heart than the loss of a dog.
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#5802137 - 06/23/15 01:57 PM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Immediately after the accident I remember thinking, "At least I have a litter out of him and Jill that is due at the end of July". Sure am glad he is on the mend, checked him at lunch and he is holding his head a little more level.
Adios,
Gary

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#5802301 - 06/23/15 03:28 PM Re: Holy Cheet! [Re: gary roberson]
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Glad your pup is gonna be ok.
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