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thing sent the blood rushing through my body. It was like a Pacific action where you knew you were going to make it through okay. The closer we got to the tree, the more frantic Sox got until Ernie shined the light well ahead of us to show Sox leaping upward six or eight feet at a time, to claw at the trunk of a large maple. Then all of a sudden he was off and running again, filling the night with his deep-throated bugle calls that announced the “cavalry” was once more in full charge. We stopped at the foot of the maple for a breather while Ernie briefed me on the things you don’t do while coon hunting. “I should’ve turned the light off the minute we hit the creek,” he said. “You never come up to a treed coon with the light on, ’cause they’ll jump almost every time. Always wait until you’re right under the tree before you turn the light on. That way, they’ll just hide where they are.” He paused for a moment and then said, “That dog’s got a good voice.” I didn’t argue the point, but I have to tell you that both of us had done just about all the running and clawing our way uphill that we wanted for one night. When you are all excited and keyed up from the hunt, that’s one thing, but after a solid hour of chasing after a coonhound with a mature coon in the lead, you’re just about ready to slow your pace for a bit. So Ernie and I
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stayed by the maple and listened to Sox as he drew farther away upstream along the creek, and then his voice took on a different timbre. “He’s treed again,” Ernie said. “Let’s go.” And with that, he turned off the flashlight and we got to our feet just as I felt the first drop of rain against my cheek. After having had the light on for a significant amount of time, it took 10 or 15 minutes for our eyes to get adjusted to the darkness again, and we were able to pick our way through the woods at a more leisurely pace than before. The coon had gone up another maple, and Sox was going frantic with his front feet pressing against the trunk as high as he could reach while standing on his hind legs. Ernie was slapping him on the back, coaxing him on. “Good boy, Sox. Good boy. Get right up there.” And then he would pet the dog and shine the light into the mass of twisted limbs and branches overhead. “Get ’im, Sox.” After 20 minutes of urging the dog to do everything but fly, Ernie finally snapped the leash to the collar and pulled Sox away. Then, while I held the leash, Ernie kept walking around the maple with the beam of light searching among the branches. Nothing. It was as though the tree was bare of everything except for a few leaves. I suggested that the coon had probably jumped as before, but Ernie was convinced the coon was up the tree. “I believe the dog,” he said. “And the dog says the coon is up there.” For a few minutes we stood there, Ernie sweeping the maple with the flashlight and the dog finally beginning to quiet. Then Ernie turned away, and we started walking downstream along the
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