Chapter 11 Summary

Despite his passion for hunting, Billy has to discontinue his nightly pursuits when an unexpected winter storm hits the area. For nearly a week, the ice, sleet, and snow prevent him from hunting with his hounds. Once the storm passes, his parents give him permission to resume his hunting if he promises to be especially careful. He does as they wish, covering his ax blades with leather sheaths and promising to beware of the sheet of ice that lies beneath the three inches of snow.

After being caged for several days, Billy’s hounds are eager to hunt and begin the chase as soon as they enter the woods near the river bottom. Billy also feels liberated, and he yells excitedly to his hounds as they chase the raccoon over the...

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