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What would cause someone to withstand freezing temperatures in a cramped wooden box for hours on end, or stand in waist-high rushing waters, flicking a pole back and forth over and over—in many cases with nothing whatsoever to show for his efforts? Why is it that, into the twenty-first century, with the convenience of practically any type of red meat or fish available at the local supermarket, we continue to hunt game and fish on open waters? The answer is that no matter how sophisticated we think we are, no matter how technologically advanced we become, there is still something deep within us that beckons us to “the hunt.” This desire creates the customs, beliefs, and rituals related to hunting—for deer, hogs, and other four-legged critters, as well as fish and snakes, and other things that perhaps aren’t physically alive, but capture our interest as much as the prey mentioned above. These rituals and customs lead to some of our most treasured stories, legends, and practices. This volume of the Publications of the Texas Folklore Society includes serious, introspective articles on hunting and fishing, as well as humorous tall tales and “windies” about the big ones that got away—all lore that reminds us of that drive that calls us to become predators again.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. The Hunting Drive and its Place in Our Lore
  2. pp. xii-1
  1. GONE A’ HUNTING
  2. pp. 2-23
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  1. MAKING A DRIVE IN BOTSWANA
  2. pp. 24-27
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  1. THE DECLINE OF THE POACHER AS FOLK HERO IN TEXAS
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. NOCTURNAL WOODPECKER
  2. pp. 40-49
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  1. FISHING TEXAS: A PASSION PASSED ON BY MY DAD
  2. pp. 50-57
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  1. THE ANGELINA CAT AND COON HUNTING ASSOCIATION: A SORT OF MEMOIR
  2. pp. 58-69
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  1. DENTISTRY, DEHORNING, AND MORE: SOUTH TEXAS WOMEN’S HUNTING STORIES
  2. pp. 70-95
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  1. THE LORE OF HUNTING — DEER, HOGS, COONS, AND EVEN FOXES
  2. pp. 96-97
  1. DEER LEAVES
  2. pp. 98-105
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  1. “NOW, DON’T THAT BEAT ALL!”
  2. pp. 106-113
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  1. HINKEL SHILLINGS AND THE RED RANGER
  2. pp. 114-137
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  1. THE LORE OF WILD HOG HUNTING IN WEST TEXAS
  2. pp. 138-145
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  1. HUNTING JAVELINA HOGS IN SOUTH TEXAS
  2. pp. 146-153
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  1. JESS’S FIRST COON HUNT
  2. pp. 154-163
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  1. FISHING LORE IN TEXAS
  2. pp. 164-165
  1. SKILLS OF THE RIVERMEN: WAYS AND MEANS OF MARKET FISHERMEN
  2. pp. 166-175
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  1. THE BIG FISH THAT DIDN’T GET AWAY
  2. pp. 176-181
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  1. OUR FAMILY FISHING TRIPS
  2. pp. 182-186
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  1. FISHERMAN’S LUCK
  2. p. 187
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  1. FISHING FROM INDIANOLA TO BOCACHICA AND WATERS IN BETWEEN
  2. pp. 188-201
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  1. THE JETTY
  2. pp. 202-205
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  1. YOU HUNT WHAT?! UNUSUAL PREY AND OTHER THINGS WE CHASE
  2. pp. 206-207
  1. JACKRABBIT DRIVES (AND OTHER TYPES OF RABBIT HUNTING) IN THE PLEASANT VALLEY COMMUNITY, FISHER COUNTY, TEXAS
  2. pp. 208-215
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  1. RATTLESNAKE AT THE ANTS IN THE PANTS
  2. pp. 217-220
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  1. THE POINTER
  2. p. 221
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  1. MAN HOUNDS AND DOG SERGEANTS
  2. pp. 222-253
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  1. THIS IS FOR THE BIRDS
  2. pp. 254-265
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  1. HUNTING THE ELUSIVE LOST MINES AND BURIED TREASURES OF TEXAS
  2. pp. 266-273
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  1. THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY (OR SHOULD HAVE): ANECDOTES AND FUNNY STORIES
  2. pp. 274-275
  1. SIERRA TREED
  2. pp. 276-279
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  1. PORCH HUNTING
  2. pp. 280-287
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  1. DELIVERANCE II: THE TALE OF A STRANGE ENCOUNTER IN THE BIG THICKET
  2. pp. 288-291
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  1. A THANKSGIVING CATFISH
  2. pp. 292-295
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  1. PRANKS IN HUNTING CAMP; OR, THE PHYSIOLOGICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS OF ANCIENT RITES PRACTICED IN BUCOLIC AND FRATERNAL SETTINGS
  2. pp. 296-205
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  1. FISHING FOR WHOPPERS
  2. pp. 306-313
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  1. ROPING A DEER
  2. pp. 315-317
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  1. TEXAS MENU 1835: VENISON AND HONEY, PRAIRIE CHICKEN, OR BAKED FISH
  2. pp. 318-325
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  1. FISHERMAN’S PARADISE: “HIS CAP NEVER GOT WET”
  2. pp. 326-329
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  1. FISHING
  2. pp. 330-333
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  1. CANEY CREEK NIGHT HUNTING: A SAGA OFDIRE SITUATIONS AND SCARED PRAYERS
  2. pp. 334-343
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  1. CONTRIBUTORS’ VITAS
  2. pp. 345-356
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  1. INDEX
  2. pp. 357-367
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781574414462
Print ISBN
9781574413205
MARC Record
OCLC
769342970
Pages
432
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-25
Language
English
Open Access
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