|August 29, 1806
a cloudy morning the hunters proceeded on agreeable to their orders of last
night. I Sent out two men to the village of barking Squirels with direcitions to
kill Some of them. they after 2 hours returned and informed me that not one of those
Squirels were to be Seen out of their holes. the Skins of the party which they had
been dressing Since yesterday being now <nearly> completely dressed I derected all
loose baggage to be put on board the Canoes and at 10 A.M. Set out and proceeded on
passed the white river [First passed on September 15, 1804.]
at 12 oClock and halted below the enterance of Shannons Creek [Ball or Bull Creek
at whose mouth they camped on September 14, 1804.] where we were joined by
Labeech Shannon and Willard, they had killed 2 common deer but no Mule deer or antilopes.
Willard informed me that he Saw 2 antilopes but Could not get near to them.
Willard and Labiech waded white river a fiew miles above its enterance and inform me that
they found it 2 feet water and 200 yards wide. the water of this river at this time nearly
as white as milk. put Drewyer out to hunt on the S W. Side and proceeded on bleow
the round Island [Later Dry Island first passed on September 14, 1804.]
and landed on the N. E. Side I with Several of the men went out in
pursute of Buffalow. the men killed 2 Bulls near me they were very por I
assended to the high Country and from an eminance, I had a view of the plains for a great
distance. from this eminance I had a view of a greater number of buffalow than I had
ever seen before at one time. I must have seen near 20,000 of those animals feeding on
this plain. I have observed that in the country between the nations which are at war with
each other the greatest numbers of wild animals are to be found-- on my return to
the river I killed 2 young deer. after Dinner <I> we proceeded down the river
about 3 mile to the Camp of Jo. & Rubin fields and Collins, and encamped on the S W.
Side a little below our encampment of 13th Septr. 1804 [This camp was a little
below the Round Island and the camp of September 13, 1804.] haveing made 20 Miles
only. neither of the hunters killed either a Black tail deer or an antilope. Jo.
Fields & Shields each killed a porcupin and two others of the hunters Killed Deer,
Drewyer did not join us untill 10 P.M. he informed that he Saw some antilopes and
Mule deer but Could kill none of them. Jo. Field informed that he wounded female of the
Mule deer a little below our Camp late in the evening and could not prosue her I directed
him to Set out with 3 others and follow the Deer and get her if possible early in the
August 29, 1806
a little rain. Several hunters went on with Small canoes to hunt.
about 10 A.M. we Set out and procd. on passed the hunters.
one of them had killed a deer. we Still procd.on about 3 P.M. we
halted and killed Several buffaloe and deer, and procd. on untill evening and Camped on S.
Side [Below Round Island and the camp of September 13, 1804. The party passed the
White River this day.] our hunters came up
had killed Several more buffaloe & deer. we Save all the buffaloe horns
we can find to take to the States as they would make excelent kife and fork handles &C
August 29, 1806
The morning was cloudy and some hunters went on ahead early; while we amused ourselves
till 10 o'clock gathering plumbs [Wild Plum, Prunus americana.],
of which there is a great abundance at this place. We then went on, and passed White
river on the south side. The Missouri here is very full of sand bars and shoals, and
we find difficulty in getting along. About 2 o'clock we halted to kill some
buffaloe, but were unsuccessful, and we proceeded, till evening, and encamped.