While it’s not uncommon for teenagers to sleep half the day after staying up late to watch movies or play video games, this young man burns the midnight oil for another reason.
He’s an avid coon hunter, and raccoons, being nocturnal animals, come out after dark.
That’s when Leonard Young loads his dogs into a dog box on the back of his truck, grabs his head lantern and his shotgun, and takes off to meet up with his friends, where they will drive deep into the head of a holler, or perhaps into a field. They will then drop the tailgate and let the dogs out to run as they listen for the excited bellow of the treeing hounds.
In the summertime when he’s out of school, Leonard hunts most nights, comes home and crashes, then gets up and hits the hayfield or does some other farm-related work.
Even when school’s in session, he does a lot of hunting on the weekends.
Leonard, the 17-year old son of Peggy and James Young, has been coon-hunting, rabbit hunting, squirrel hunting, etc., since he was not much more than a toddler.
Leonard grew up hunting with his dad, his grandfather Venice Bicknell, his brother Matthew, and some uncles and friends.
Leonard has been participating in several local competitive hunts, and he’s won some trophies. But the one he’s most proud of is the one he won in a national hunt in Illinois several weeks ago. He and his dog Jill brought home a large trophy and other prizes, as they placed fourth among more than a hundred dogs.