Friday, March 13, 2009

100 things # 26 My cousins took me snipe hunting once ...

When I was about 10 years old, my sister and I went to Alabama to spend the summer with our aunts, uncles and all of our country cousins. Not so familiar with the hard work involved in country living, our cousins took much delight in teaching us Florida Girls the ropes. There was a lot to learn about helping on the farm; corn to pick, peas to hull and eggs to collect from the chicken houses and always the next meal to cook.

There were also a lot of fun things like catching fireflies and collecting them in a mason jar, tying a string to the leg of a June Bug and watching it fly around like a toy air plane, making corn husk dolls, blackberry picking, camping, homemade ice-cream churning, porch swings and riding lawnmowers.

One night Robert, Dale and Jeanese said that they were going to go snipe hunting in a few days and that if Theresa and I wanted to go they would teach us how to do it. For days they gave advice on how best to catch a snipe, and how to make the very best snipe call. We learned that a snipe is a nocturnal bird and had to be hunted at night. The excitement grew and the advice kept rolling in on best snipe hunting techniques.

The big night finally came and we were led to the woods gunny sack, a hickory stick and flashlight in hand along with the snipe calls that we had been practicing. This was also in fact my first experience with a barbed-wire fence. We were led to our separate posts and left alone in the dark to hold the gunny sack, eager to fill our sacks with unsuspecting snipes lured away from their nests by our well rehearsed snipe calls.

We stayed in the woods holding our sacks for what may have been only moments but felt like and eternity to a 10 year old. Needless to say we never did see a single snipe that night, as a matter of fact I guess no one has ever seen a snipe on a snipe hunt before. I can just imaging my good humored cousins standing close by rolling on the ground laughing at these Florida girls falling for this time-honored, country tradition.

Repost and comments from Rain 2004


Coy said...

goldenchildnc said...
LMAO! The only reason I know what "Snipe Hunting" is is because fo a South Park episode. LOL! And they say you can't learn anything from cartoons! Hehe! Great story! :-)

May 2, 2004 11:03 PM

lucylouladybug said...
Oh, I KNOW exactly what a snipe hunt is! Just reading your memory brings back mine. and ironically, I was about 10 years old too, but our snipe hunt took place on a camping trip. The only thing I caught that night was a huge spider sitting on my back before my friend and I fell asleep in our little pup tent. The scream for my friend's mother to come get the spider off my back was and still is in those parts, legendary!

Love, Penny

May 3, 2004 7:30 AM

viarbooba said...
hee hee, i grew up in the country (well, i still live in the country) but anyway, i loved catching fireflies in jars, junebugs on strings and all that fun stuff. my grandfather warned me about snipe hunting early is a funny experience.

May 4, 2004 1:32 AM

krobbie67 said...
Hee, hee, hee. I remember trying to be fooled by the suggestion of a snipe hunting trek. I was lucky enough to have someone speak up and warn me though.
:-) ---Robbie

October 13, 2004 9:14 AM

cw2smom said...

Fun story! My cousins teased me about going Snipe hunting as well! I am still trying to get them to take me and we're in our 50's! LMAO! What fun we'd have! Blessings to you Coy! Lisa

Indigo said...

I learned about snipe hunting in Fla. back around the swamps. Somehow it made my love of the night in that backwoods area more infinite. (Hugs)Indigo

DB said...

Good sniping. In theatre we used to send young apprentices for the grid key. Everyone they asked referred them to someone else until they finally got the point.

Fun story. DB

IndigoSunMoon said...

I hate to admit it, but I live in Alabama and don't know what a snipe is.
(hanging head in shame)

Ann said...

LOL... I love the idea of trying to catch the fire flies, making the corn husk dolls, homemade ice cream and just enjoying the fresh air in general. Seeing the old comments is great and sad at the same time.