All of us have our own huntin’ story. In fact, as enjoyable as the hunts are themselves, sometimes the storytelling that follows is just as enjoyable. From the tall tales of big bucks to the close calls and excuses citing weather and fellow hunters, we’ve heard it all. When the hunts do come together, the exaggerations of the epic shots and the jokes that follow illustrate an experience far better than what actually happened. These exchanges are what makes hunting such an incredible group activity, as the chemistry fostered around a campfire or a dinner table is simply unmatched.
Few people have ever had the ability to tell a hunting story with the right touch as well as Jerry Clower, who earned the moniker “The Mouth of Mississippi” for his one-of-a-kind sense of humor. In one of his most famous bits, you’ll hear a coon hunting story that embodies that infectious style of storytelling we’ve all heard at hunt camp at some point in our lives.
It was that kind of storytelling that made Jerry Clower a household name in many parts of the country.
As hunting and trapping seasons fire up this fall, we’ll all be making our own hunting stories when we take to the field. There will surely be some good stories told around a campfire, over the phone, and around a few pots of coffee. Maybe you’ll be fortunate enough to tell a story about a booner buck. If you’re like most of us however, you’re more than likely wind up with more stories like this coon hunting story.
Maybe that’s the way it was meant to be.
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