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A hunt on Meadow Mountain and Deep Creek, page 4

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in the water with his head entirely under it feeding on the moss which grew on the bottom of the Creek. We pushed our canoe so near that we could hear the noise of his teeth cutting and chewing the moss. Leveling my musket I put the whole load into his side and he dropped dead in the Creek. Taking the deer into the canoe we paddled to our fire where we had our horses hobbled eating grass; made up a good fire, roasted and ate some of our venison and then laid ourselves down to sleep. As the day broke my famous dog Bosin returned to us; but I shall speak of him in another place.

Having overlooked one circumstance it will not be amiss to mention it here. Hugh McMullen and myself having been far in the woods for some time we were without bread for two or three days during which time we lived on meat without either bread or salt. We started for home early one morning and as we travelled along discovered the tracks of a panther which had been pursuing some deer. I told Hugh that though we were hungry and weak I would like to follow that fellow and stop him from killing any more deer. Hugh at first refused saying that he was so weak and hungry that he could not stand it.

"Well," said I, "you may go on home and I will give him a trial, for if we let him slip now we may not see his tracks again this winter, and he will in a year kill fifty deer. It is enough for us to kill them; but as this devil kills more deer every year than I do I will try my best to finish him this day hungry as I am."

"Well," replied Hugh, "if you are determined to attack him I will see you out."

Following his tracks we pursued him vigorously for a mile or two when we discovered a fine large buck covered up with snow and leaves like a large heap of potatoes, his feet alone sticking out. We pulled him out and found him quite warm. There was but a small place torn in his side through which his entrails had been pulled out by the panther which had eaten nothing but the liver, covered up the carcass and departed. We skinned the buck and hung up the meat which was well bled, and the entrails taken out as well as any hunter could have done it. Indeed it was a hunter that had done it, for that fellow killed more deer in a year than any hunter because he was all the time both night and day in the best hunting ground where he was killing game at every chance; but after the first of January the hunter hunts but little more till the following fall.

This fellow had placed himself near where the buck was feeding, and when the buck changed his position he crawled on his belly in the snow until he got before him again. At last he placed himself behind


Meshach Browning


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Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

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22 x 15 cms

Editor: Felix G. Robinson

Maryland, History

Western Maryland, 1750-1963

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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