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Country Nights

10 to 3 in the morning here. I’m up having a cuppa tea.

I woke up about half an hour ago to the sound of gunfire. I’m certain of it; we have a public blackpowder range less than a mile away in the next dell over, and hunters use the nature reserve a couple of fields over the other way. So I’m no stranger to the sound around here. This was closer, a few hundred yards away, and not the fast pop of shotguns or the fwump of muzzle guns. Rifles, or big pistols. It wasn’t panicked rapid fire, but it was measured. Bang. Pause, pause. Bang. Pause, pause. Bang. Pause, pause, pause. Bang. Pause. Bang. Pause, pause. Bang. Six, perhaps seven shots. The last one was closer, or pointed more this way, but all of them were the same. You know how you can hear when there’s 3 or 4 hunters going after some birds, how each one’s gun sounds a little different? No, these were all the same. And they certainly weren’t doors or windows slamming, or someone snapping sheets or towels fresh from the laundry. Twas guns.

One nice thing about semi-rural life, is that when you hear gunfire in the middle of the night (and assuming no accompanying screams, thuds, or bullet impacts you can hear), you don’t think drive by. You don’t think break in. You think geez, was it a bear, or are they going to jacklight the whole herd? because a lot of late night deer hunting goes on and we all look the other way and give thanks.  A lot of the time a deer will get itself run over when there are no witnesses, and the considerate driver will toss the carcass in the back of his truck to help keep our town clean. I guess sometimes those deer need to be mercifully dispatched.

And ten or twenty minutes goes by without hearing a siren, or any cars or trucks zooming down the roads here, so no fuss. Good. Nothing to be alarmed at. Certainly none of that overheard radio chatter from cop cars or ambulances. I’ve heard that outside my home (not here!) years ago, and lemme tell ya, it gets you right out of bed and into your pants before you even have time to think.

But now all is quiet here once again. Have a PG tea, a bit of a wee, and back to sleep for me.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/21/2014 at 01:52 AM   
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