Bill Tinnin - Tinnin Oil Company

I bought the store from Bill Tinnin in 2009 after Mr. Bill had decided to retire from the gas station and hunting light business. After a little negotiation, some of which was to make sure he still had a place to sit when he came to visit, I bought and put in the store you see today.


We are still changing some and adding and subtracting where necessary, but we are still in business to serve the community and the hunters of world and help them along, just like Mr. Bill.


Billy Ed still comes by the store every day or so to get a coke, pick up the paper and see what my crew has been up to and see who may have stopped by to see him.


The following notes and pages containing info on Mr. Bill Tinnin’s interviews, photos, and accomplishments. These pages will grow from here as we bring more info to the web. I’m not sure if the all the stories will fit on the internet, but we are going to try.


If you have an article, photo or story on Bill Tinnin please contact us at “coonhunter (at) dsmithconstructioninc (dot) com” (use @ for at and . For (dot)) and we will add it to this page.


David Smith

What ya’ see Bill?

In the post-depression era a coonskin could help ends meet and over the years and increased in value but these days the demand for the pelts is not very high. But the joy and enthusiasm for the hunt is still there.

“Now they’ll bring about five dollars,” he said. “I’ve sold a bunch of them but I hunt them regardless of what I get for it.”

In addition to his hunting skills, Tinnin has been a renowned coon dog trainer. “You take a live coon and get the dog to barking at him in the cage,” he explained. “Then you lead the coon and put him up a tree. Some dogs will do it naturally, you don’t have to do

any training with some dogs. Others it takes forever to get one right.”

Tinnin says you “have to start with the right stuff to begin with. Treeing walkers, blue ticks, red bones, black and tans – it doesn’t matter what breed he is as long as he’s a good dog.”

And the owner of his own auto repair shop, he sold plenty of hunting accessories including a wheat light that he had perfected over the years and was actually dubbed the “Tinnin Light.” “One month I sold over $50,000 worth of them,” Tinnin recalled. “We shipped them everywhere.

Inverness Mayor and coon hunting partner, David Smith, has spent many hours in the late night woods searching and finding scores if not hundreds of coons with the hunting legend. “I started hunting with Mr. Tinnin in the ’70s,” he said. “You do the same thing every time but every hunt is different.” One particular hunt that Smith accompanied Tinnin on was a cold night with a heavy frost as the duo headed for a spot just off the Mississippi River. “He had told me that there was an alligator in the blue hole,” Smith said. “A blue hole is a spot where they dug out to build the levee. It’s a big old hole of water. He said, ‘David, there’s an alligator in that blue hole so let’s be careful where we put our feet.’ So we went hunting on through the night and late into the night we couldn’t find his dog. Every once in awhile you could hear him bark but then you couldn’t hear him bark. I was as tired as I could

be and Mr. Bill said to go on and go to the truck because you’ve got to go to work tomorrow and I don’t.” Tinnin could hear the bark then not and figured out the dog was under him on the side of the blue hole. He climbed down and found the dog trapped in a cave like hole beside the blue hole.

Billy Ed Tinnin – Hall of Fame Coon Hunter | The Clarion-Ledger |

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