Collected by: Deanna Moore
Transcribed by: Doug Haynie
Arkansas Folklore Class
Sung by: R.K. Moore
Benton, Arkansas November 26, 1960
Reel 381; Item 27
THE HUNTING TALE
One time I started to go hunting and found out I only had enough powder for a couple of shots, not any bullets at all just one old ten penny nail, Anyway I started out. When I got down in the river bottoms I looked up in a big old oak tree and there sat 12 of the biggest turkeys you've ever seen. Well, I couldn't stand the pressure so I needed those turkeys.
So I figured out just how much it would take to split that limb all the way down to the tree. So I put that much powder in and shot down the limb and split it and caught all 12 of those turkeys by the toes. Well I got up there and got ahold of them and tied them up and got the turkeys down ana there was the nail still in the split limb just far enough for me to reach it. And just as I got my turkeys tied up ana the nail down I looked across the river and there was one of the biggest buck deers you have ever seen. Well, I loaded up my gun again and I leveled down on him ana I shot that deer and down he went,
Well, I had to wade across the river to get him. Ann as I waded across the river I caught 14 bushels of fish in my coatpocketsTHE HUNTING TALE, cont.
and just as I got over on the other side I noticed that the nail had gone all the way through that buck and stuck up in a big tree and honey was running out of the tree, Well, I didn't want to lookse the honey so I reached down to pick up a leaf and stop up that hole and I picked up a rabbit and threw him down and killed 14 quail, Well, bout that time it started raining so I couldn't figure how to get the things home for a while but then it dawned on me what would happen to rawhide—- how it would stretch when it was wet. So I cut a long strip of rawhide off that deer and I tied one end of it to all of my game and I started walking towards home. Sure 'nough just as I started that rawhide stretched ana stretched till finally I got all the way home then I tied the string, the rawhide string, around an oak tree and a little bit later the sun came out, it got hotter, and hotter, and hotter. About that time the rawhide started shrinking and bringing my game home. It dragged them threw some bushes and skinned them, threw some briars and gutted them, and through a hot spring ana cooked them. So when my game got home it was all skinned, gutted, cooked and ready. To eat.
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