Coyote Surprise

“Late again,” the third-grade teacher said to little Sammy.

“It ant my fault this time, Ma’am. You can blame this’un on my Daddy causin he sleeps naked!”

Now, Miss Crabtree had taught grammar school for thirty-some-odd years. Despite her mounting fears, she asked little Sammy what he meant by that.

Sammy was always full of grins and mischief and was in the flower of his youth. Little Sammy and trouble were old friends but he always told Miss Crabtree the truth, “You see, Miss Crabtree, out on the farm we got this here low down coyote. Last few nights, he done ate six hens and killed Ma’s best milk goat. Last night, when Daddy heard a noise out in the chicken coop, he grabbed his shotgun and told Ma he thought the coyote was back again and that he was gonna get’m!”

“Daddy was naked as a jaybird and he crawled to the hen house just like an Injun on the snoop. Then he stuck that double-barreled 12 gauge shotgun through the window of the hen house. While He’s staring into the darkness – with coyotes on his mind – our old hound dog, Blue, had done woke up and comes sneaking up behind Daddy. We was all looking on – plumb helpless like – and old Blue stuck his cold nose in Daddy’s crack!”

“Miss Crabtree, we’s been cleaning chickens since three o’clock this morning.’

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About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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