I grew up in the Louisiana swamps at the north end of the Atchafalaya Basin. We raised and trained coon dogs. It was my dad's one great passion. I spent many nights as a kid behind a pack of bluetick hounds either running through the swamps or working the edges of a cornfield. In the late summer/early fall of 1965, we took over 1,000 coons out of one 100-acre cornfield. The landowner was very thankful and praised our dogs for literally saving his corn crop that year. Most of those coons were "give mes" that ran up the first tree available once the dogs started. Hunting the big ones in the swamps was more challenging and more fun. They'd lead the dogs for hours before finally treeing. Watching and listening to the dogs work is something that I still fondly remember almost 60 years later.