Chapter 7 Summary

Billy’s puppies are equipped with proper collars and a proper home. Now he needs to teach them to hunt. To teach them properly, he will need a coonskin, so he renews his efforts to capture Mister Ringtail. For three weeks, despite his dogged efforts, the crafty raccoon eludes him. Perplexed and annoyed, Billy goes to his grandfather’s store to ask for advice.

Billy’s grandfather offers him straightforward and simple advice for catching the large raccoon. He instructs Billy to use a brace and bit to drill a hole into a sturdy, hollow log. Then he should bait the raccoon by placing a shiny object into the log. Finally, he needs to drive several nails into the log around the area where he has drilled the hole. He...

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