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William Hamilton Gibson
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 313 pages of information about Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making.
Capture of the Skunk.—­Chloride of Lime as Antidote.—­Method of Eradicating the Odor from the Clothing.—­Directions for Removing and Stretching the Skin.—­The wolverine.—­Its Desperate Fierceness and voracity.—­Its General Characteristics.—­Its Form and Color.—­Food of the Wolverine.—­Its Trap-Robbing Propensities.—­How to Trap the Wolverine.—­Baits.—­Use of the “Medicine.”—­The Gun Trap and Dead Fall.—­The Steel Trap.—­Various Modes of Setting.—­Home and Young of the Animal.—­How the Skin should be Removed and Stretched.—­The opossum.—­Description of the Animal.—­Its Nature and Habits.—­Its Home.—­Remarkable Mode of Carrying its Young.—­Nocturnal Habits of the Animal.—­Its Food.—­Its Especial Fondness for Persimmons.—­Its Remarkable Tenacity as a Climber.—­“Playing Possum.”—­How the Opossum is Hunted.—­How Trapped.—­Various Devices Used in its Capture.—­Scent Baits.—­How the Skin is Removed and Stretched.—­The rabbit.—­Wide-spread Distribution of the Various Species.—­Their Remarkable Powers of Speed.—­Nest of the Rabbit.—­Its Prolific Offspring.—­Food of the Rabbit.—­Its Enemies.—­Various Devices Used in Trapping the Animal.—­Necessary Precautions in Skinning the Rabbit.—­The woodchuck.—­Description of the Animal.—­Its Habits.—­Its Burrows.—­Its Food.—­Toughness of the Skin.—­Its Use.—­Nest of the Animal.—­The Woodchuck as Food.—­How the Animal is Trapped.—­The Steel Trap.—­The Spring Pole.—­The Twitch-up.—­How the Woodchuck is “Drowned Out.”—­The Turtle as a Ferret.—­Smoking the Burrows.—­Directions for Skinning the Animal.—­The Gopher.—­Its Burrows.—­Its Food.—­Remarkable Cheek Pouches of the Animal.—­Their Use.—­How to Trap the Animal.—­How the Skin is Removed.—­The mole.—­Its Varied Accomplishments.—­Its Remarkable Dwellings.—­Complicated Structure of the Habitation.—­The Fury and Voracity of the Mole.—­Peculiarities of Its Fur.—­A Waistcoat of Mole Skins.—­Odor of the Mole.—­Mole Traps.—­Various Species of the Mole.—­The Mole of the Cape of Good Hope.—­Marvellous Beauty of Its Fur.—­Squirrels.—­Their General Peculiarities of Form and Habit.—­Their Food.—­Their Provident Instincts.—­“Nutting” in Midwinter.—­The Nest of the Squirrel.—­Burrowing Squirrels.—­The Various American Species.—­The Grey Squirrel.—­The Chipmunk.—­The Chickaree.—­The Flying Squirrel, &c.—­How Squirrels are Trapped.—­Various Traps Used in their Capture.—­Removal of Skin.—­The deer.—­Difficulty of Hunting the Animal in Dry Seasons.—­Various American Species of the Deer.—­How the Deer is Trapped.—­Peculiar Construction of the Trap.—­Scent Bait for the Deer.—­Various Methods of Setting the Trap.—­Violence of the Deer when Trapped.—­The Clog.—­Dead Falls.—­Food of the Deer.—­Deer “Yards.”—­Natural Enemies of the Deer.—­How the Deer is Hunted.—­“Still Hunting.”—­The Deer’s Acute Sense of Smell.—­How to Detect the Direction of the Wind.—­Natural Habits of the Deer.—­“Night
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