Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | The University of Arkansas Press | 1997
Transcription CHAPTER FIVE
"THIS DAY THE DEER MUST DIE!""What shall he have who killed the deer? His rugged hide and his horns to wear!"
DEER HUNTING in the Atlantic States of the South is differently pursued in different sections of the country, the difference being mostly due to the varying physical characteristics of the several regions.
In the lower and middle regions of the Carolinas most contiguous to
the sea, where the country is generally flat, and the forest growth is
rankly luxuriant and dense, the double-barreled shot gun is the
weapon most frequently in use; and, with this weapon, the hunter takes
the deer on the run, or in the leap, and frequently, while he himself is
mounted, heading the deer, and occasionally even firing at full speed,
and with the bridle dropped upon the neck of the horse. But, in the
mountain country, where the rifle is the favorite weapon, the practice
is far otherwise.
The rifle requiring more care in the aim, it is necessary that the beast
should be brought to a stand, be made in fact to stop short in his flight,
and thus afford to the hunter that one moment of time which he needs
for sighting his piece deliberately, and drawing a "fine bead" upon the
prey.
It may not be amiss to say, passingly, that the mountain regions of
North and South Carolina not only used the rifle generally, but manu-
factured the weapon of a very superior kind, the manufacture being
carried on, in North Carolina especially, a long time before the
Revolutionary war; and the reputation of the manufacture being estab-
lished generally by its evident superiority in use during that war. The