The Bear

L.W. “Buddy” Buckland, Jr., Porter Jones, Robert Buckland,
Jackie Jones, Cecil Buckland, Who’s the last real man
with the white shirt on???
Men in Appalachia are known by appointed names like Leman or Jacob or Elijah. When harvest time is over, they cloak themselves in long johns, flannel shirts, and heavy winter coats and disappear into the woods. This time of hunting bear and deer, and sometimes rabbit or squirrel, seems to be their passion. After a season, Appalachia’s rugged mountain men must go back to working serious jobs like coal mining or railroading.

more of this short story, Beneath the Shadow of the Mountains

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