[Listening Difficult] Hunting Trip – KEY

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some reasons why people hunt for animals? Is hunting legal in your area? What types of weapons are used for hunting?


shoot down” = stop something
He shot down my idea of ordering pizza because it was too expensive to order.”

bark up the wrong tree” = make an incorrect choice or arrive at an inaccurate conclusion
I told you. I didn’t take your book. You’re really barking up the wrong tree.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.


Dan: Hey. Paul. Thanks for coming on this hunting trip with me. When my friend came down with the flu and couldn’t make it, your sister wasn’t going to let me go alone. You know, for safety reasons.

Paul: Yeah, well, as you know, I really don’t like to hunt. [That’s okay!] But I only came because my sister twisted my arm.[Ah, that’s okay!] I didn’t realize I was marrying into a family of hunters.

Dan: Shh. Quiet. I can see some deer down there, I think. You’ll scare the deer away. They have a great sense of hearing and smell, so we have to remain out of sight.

Paul: Well, as you know, I really don’t eat much meat . . .

Dan: You don’t have to eat it. I’ll take care of that. Just get ready. As soon as the sun comes up in a few minutes, you can often see the deer down in that meadow. You see that stream down there. [Yeah. ]We just need to quietly get a little closer.

Paul: Uh, Dan. How about if I just wait here and watch, you know, watch our stuff?

Dan: No, man. We’ll have a better chance at bagging a deer if we’re together.

Paul: Uh, man, I forgot my ammo back at the truck. What a bummer! I guess I’ll just have to sit here and watch.

Dan: Are you crazy? Here. Take these shells and load your rifle. Taken ’em. Take ’em.

Paul: Uh. [cough, cough, cough . .] Hey deer. If you’re out there, run!

Dan: What are you doing? Cut it out! There’s a huge deer now. Ah, he’s mine! Watch this!

Paul: Run, Bambi.

Dan: [Bang, bang, bang.] What did you do that for?

Paul: Yes, [looking confused . . .] Why are you reloading? They’re gone.

Dan: Stand around here for much longer, and you’ll see. Any last words?


Vocabulary and Sample Sentences

  • come down with something (idiom): get sick 
    – My wife came down with a bad cold and couldn’t go on the trip.
  • out of sight (idiom): not visible 
    – Please try to stay out of sight when Mom gets here. I don’t want her to know that you are here.
  • twist someone’s arm (idiom): strongly persuade someone to do something 
    – I had to twist his arm to get him to tell the truth.
  • bag something (idiom): catch or kill an animal 
    – We were out hunting for three days and couldn’t bag a single wild turkey.
  • ammo (noun): bullets or shells that are fired from a gun 
    – We ran out of ammo on the fourth day of the hunt.
  • bummer (noun): disappointment 
    – It was a real bummer that the weather was bad.
  • cut out something (idiom): stop or end something 
    – Be quiet. If you don’t cut out the noise, we won’t be able to sleep all night.