A big city lawyer went duck hunting in rural Tennessee . He shot and
dropped a bird, but it fell into a farmer’s field on the other side of a
fence. As the lawyer climbed over the fence, an elderly farmer drove up
on his tractor and asked him what he was doing.
The litigator responded, “I shot a duck and it fell in this field, and now
I’m going to retrieve it.”
The old farmer replied, “This is my property, and you are not coming over
The indignant lawyer said, “I am one of the best trial attorneys in the
United States and, if you don’t let me get that duck, I’ll sue you and
take everything you own.
The old farmer smiled and said, “Apparently, you don’t know how we settle
disputes in Tennessee . We settle small disagreements like this; with the
“Three Kick Rule.”
The lawyer asked, “What is the Three Kick Rule?”