RECEIVED A GOOD PRICE FOR THE HIDE AND HORNS OF THE BUCK
By S. C. Turnbo
"One cold frosty morning," said John Mahan, son of Isaac Mahan, "while I was hunting on the bluff on the west side of Little North Fork just east of the mouth of Cowpen Hollow. I saw a buck which carried 8 points on each beam. I shot the buck in the neck and it dropped as if dead, but he rose to his feet again and started off down the point of the bluff toward Cowpen Hollow and as he went on he fell a few times but would rise and go on. I was afraid he would escape and being a little excited I pushed a bullet down my gun without any powder and followed the wounded buck and snapped my gun at him several times before I thought what I had done. By this time the deer was getting very weak and would fall and get up again and stagger along. I laid the gun down and caught the buck by the horns and attempted to cut its throat with an old case knife that I used to cut bullet patching with. But not succeeding in this I picked up a jagged stone and broke his skull bone with it. I sold this bucks hide for $1.50 and the horns for $2," said Mr. Mahan.
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