It's autumn, and the days are growing cold. Pa goes out to the Big Woods one evening to shoot a deer, but comes back empty-handed.
This is one of the later chapters, as the earlier sound clips have been lost. With positive feedback, I'll consider re-recording them, so you can enjoy the whole book.
Laura Ingalls Wilder on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingalls_Wilder
The Little House Books on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Little_House_on_the_Prairie_books
More about the American Homestead Act of 1862: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/homestead-act/