I was out riding. The cows didn't feel like rotating at the moment, so I went ahead and rode around to open/close the gates into the wood. When I reached the north gate into the trap (y'all would benefit from a diagram when I talk about all these different gates! :D), I happened to notice a round, grayish, furry hump wandering around across the fence in the back 40.
I debated for about half a second as to whether I ought to ride on around to the wood gate (which is not wooden) and go after that familiar looking bump from there, or should I go through the fence (five strand at this particular place). I think I was already putting my earplugs in before I had completely made up my mind.
I was down off Snip in a matter of seconds and in a few more I was through the fence. I had lost sight of said raccoon by this point (due to the height of the grass), but generally knew where he was. As I eased around I slipped my revolver out of my holster and cocked it, so when I located the coon, I was ready.
He was presenting his rear end to me, but he turned slightly broadside and I let him have it. He streaked to the right and as I pulled back the hammer again I followed him with my muzzle. Right before he disappeared into a clump of grass I squeezed off another shot.
I found him moments later at the foot of a tree in spasms. I shot him again through the head. I'm postive that all three shots made contact. I'm actually impressed that I hit him on the run.
What is really weird though--I don't remember sighting. I know I did, but I don't remember doing it. It's almost creepy when you're that familiar with your gun. I also don't remember paying attention to the back drop, but that's ingrained in me too, so I probably did.
I was also impressed with Snip. He stood right where I left him the entire time. He might have acted up some the rest of the morning, but he was practically perfect for that episode.