THE BUCK HAD BEEN SHOT 12 TIMES
By S. C. Turnbo
Among the interesting hunting stories as given by Mr. Calvin Vance, an old timer of Taney County, Mo., is the following.
"Away back in the early days of Forsyth and vicinity it was common for the citizens of town and neighborhood to go on a deer drive and have all the sport they wanted in chasing them with dogs. One day the citizens of the town organized themselves into a big hunting party to make an unusually big drive. It was natural for the deer when started in the hills to make for the river or Swan Creek, and men were placed along the bank of both streams to shoot the deer as they attempted to pass by them. On that day Dr. Wilson was stationed on the river bank just below town and in due time an old buck which was hotly pressed by the dogs made his appearance to seek refuge in the river and as he was fleeing along just ahead of the dogs, the doctor who was an expert marksman with a rifle took quick aim at his buckship and fired and he did not go but a few yards further until he feel not to get up anymore till he was lifted up by the doctor. It turned out that a dozen balls had been shot into him before the bullet from Wilsons gun had ended his life, which made the 13th ball. Each one of the other wounds had healed over."
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