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Church Raises Cash with ‘Coon Hunt for Christ’

March 2, 1995

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) _ Blood sport has a religious message in northern Alabama.

Union Hill Cumberland Presbyterian Church raised about $2,500 by charging hunters fees to enter its Bigfoot Hollow Coon Hunt.

Youngsters who hadn’t seen a raccoon before got to watch as one was released and treed.

``It’s reaching the young people with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus,″ the Rev. Charles Hood said Tuesday. ``The coon hunt is a way to spread the word of God, to talk about Jesus Christ.″

Hood wouldn’t guess how many raccoons were killed in the Feb. 18 hunt.

``There are many coons around,″ he said.

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