The Hunt

As they speak in hushed voices, the telltale sound of the dogs gets louder. She shares her thoughts, he listens and replies.
They can tell by the sounds of the baying that the dogs are closing in on their prey.
Howling voices getting louder, shoulders tense, eyes begin to dart to the side of the path. They glance at one another to gauge readiness.
Suddenly a gray flash as the rabbit crosses ahead; too late the gun comes up! More time for her and her dad to talk as they listen to the beagles and the rabbit begin another circle…

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33 thoughts on “The Hunt”

  1. raina says:

    I liked this, there’s a window to a valuable time they are both sharing.

    1. Tara says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  2. Nifti says:

    Hello Tara, nice story! Don’t believe I’ve been over by yours before…
    Just a heads up, your link on Madison’s is wrong, but I got over here nonetheless πŸ™‚

    1. Tara says:

      i think i fixed the link, thanks for the heads up πŸ™‚

  3. Hunting with dad is a bit hard for me to read, since I love rabbits, but the story works well. It hints at a quiet talking time, which I got with my dad by “fishing.” Nice tension and surprise. Cheers,

    1. Tara says:

      we spent a lot of time fishing too, but this path just spoke of running the beagles through the woods to me πŸ™‚

  4. erinleary says:

    I wasn’t sure who was hunting what (or who) but like the build up of tension and the camaraderie.

    Mine is here:

    1. Tara says:

      yea, i intended it to start out much more menacing than it really was, just some quality time with Daddy πŸ™‚

  5. Gilly Gee says:

    I enjoyed this and I’m glad the rabbit is ok πŸ™‚

    1. Tara says:

      the rabbit usually won these contests πŸ™‚ but it was fun to go out and get the dogs some exercise πŸ™‚

  6. Linda says:

    I got the impression they weren’t part of the hunt but were hunt saboteurs instead. I loved the fact that at first I thought they were being hunted and then the realisation it was an animal – even thought I am anti-hunt …. if that makes sense πŸ™‚

    Here’s mine:

    1. Tara says:

      thanks, that was my intent to make it seem more scary and suspenseful and then just a regular day in the woods

      1. Linda says:

        I think you did it exceptionally well too πŸ™‚

  7. Lora Mitchell says:

    An interesting piece if one enjoys the sport. Here’s mine:

    1. Tara says:

      Thank you, i know not every likes the idea of hunting, but it was always a part of my life growing up.

  8. I’m on the side of the rabbits too. Good to see some family bonding time, though!

    Mine’s here:

    1. Tara says:

      Thanks, i am not much of a rabbit hunter either, but it was always nice for some 1:1 time with dad

  9. oldentimes says:

    πŸ™‚ so many mornings!

  10. Interesting moment for father and daughter and I think she is quite brave. Mine is here:

  11. JKBradley says:

    No ElmerFudd here, this was a bonding moment between father and daughter, it was sweet.

    Here’s mine:

    1. Tara says:


  12. I like how it was a time for them to bond under the guise of hunting. Very nicely done. Here’s mine:

    1. Tara says:

      i always thought of it more as time to spend with dad vs. the hunt itself. good memories i will keep forever

  13. Sounds to me like the gun went up too slow on purpose. More quality time that way.

    1. Tara says:

      hmmm.. could be πŸ™‚ rabbit was never my favorite, but it was the one that kept us talking and moving rather than sitting quietly and waiting, so it always lent itself better to the heart to hearts that can be so rare between father and daughter, especially as the daughter gets older.

  14. Reminds me of that Country Song that says, “She thinks we’re just fishin.” Great job of portraying the bonding between father and daughter.


  15. I bet the beagles are happy to have more time to run. I got a strong sense of early morning, mists and the muted sounds of nature around them. A lot of detail with only a few words.

    Thanks for coming by,

  16. Kwadwo says:

    It’s all about sharing quality time. A father shares it with his daughter while the dogs share theirs with the rabbit. lol

    Mine’s here:

  17. Madison Woods says:

    I’m surprised at how many are glad the rabbit was okay, lol, when I felt a bit of disappointment that they waited too long. I used to run my grandfather’s dogs and never actually hunted, but enjoyed the process all the same. He hunted and I was just giving them exercise between. Good story πŸ™‚

  18. Janet says:

    Why is it that dads only open up when doing something (hunting, fishing, etc)?

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