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hands to general quarters — “man your battle stations!” And quick as a flash Ernie unsnapped the leash while Sox clawed at the dirt like a racecar burning rubber at the Indy 500. He was off, and despite my earlier feelings and opinions about coon hunting, the bawling of that dog sent the adrenalin surging through my veins and the excitement rushing upward from my belly. Sox covered half the length of the cornfield in less time than it takes me to write about it. Then he turned abruptly to the left and headed for the hedgerow on the far side of the field where he then followed the fence line up the side of the Buckhorn and into the woods, giving voice every step of the way. I didn’t know a dog or a coon could run so fast. Ernie and I spent the next threequarters of an hour running and clawing our way uphill through thornapple and briar patches, hemlocks and hardwoods, laurel patches and slashings until, finally, we reached the plateau top of the Buckhorn, where we stopped for a breather and to listen for the dog. We didn’t hear a sound. I looked at Ernie. “Where do you suppose he’s gone?” Ernie didn’t answer, but started walking across the top of the Buckhorn until we reached the far ridge that topped the long wooded slope reaching down into Goose Hollow. Here we stopped and listened again. Sure enough, from the depths of Goose Hollow, on a low hump of woodland that separated the two branches of the Goose Hollow Creek, we could hear Sox setting up a fuss as though he was chained to the kennel back home and wanted loose. “He’s got ’im treed!” Ernie announced. “Come on!” And without another word, he started down the far side of the Buckhorn into Goose Hollow with me keeping close behind, dodging branches that he pushed aside.
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After being swatted across the face once or twice, I learned to stay a few more paces behind Ernie. As we got farther down the side of the Buckhorn, we came to a deep ravine that led from what the locals called Muskrat Pond all the way to the depths of Goose Hollow, where it emptied into the left-hand branch of Goose Hollow creek. Here, Ernie turned on the flashlight, but kept the beam almost straight down so that we could see only a few feet ahead to follow an old logging trail that paralleled the ravine. Sox was bawling continuously now, as though he sensed we were drawing close. And I have to admit that the excitement of the whole

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