TEXAS: The Deerslayers

In the piney woods of East Texas, deer hunting is a way of life. The natives, hard, stern men, pursue deer after their own local, brutal fashion, behind powerful, lop-eared hounds. "Five, ten miles ain't no area for a big deer to carry the dogs," drawls R. C. Pace, former sheriff of Jasper County. "Once I had one run twelve hours. You can go a long way in twelve hours."

The deerslaying goes on all year long, without regard to game wardens, rules or seasons, bucks or does. "We get in fights," says a native, "get drunk, and go hunting....

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