Chapter 17 Summary

Billy’s hounds are in the final round of competition, and they have secured the first hide of the night. However, as his dogs trail another raccoon, the weather becomes menacing. Billy only has one hide and fears he will lose the competition if he does not collect more. He continues to trail his hounds despite several warnings from his father, his grandfather, and the judge.

As expected, the area is hit by a searing blizzard. The hunters are blinded by the flying snow, and the wailing wind deafens them to the howls of Billy’s hounds. They all realize they are in jeopardy of becoming lost in this unfamiliar territory, so the judge suggests they find the wagon and return to the campsite. However, Billy is unwilling to...

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