Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making eBook

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.
Hunting.”—­Luminosity of the Eyes of the Deer at Night.—­Hunting the deer with dogs.—­“Deer Licks.”—­How Salt is used in Hunting the Deer.—­Hunting from a Scaffolding.—­Peculiar Sight of the Deer.—­“Salt Licks” used in Night Hunting.—­Head Lantern.—­How made.—­How used.—­The fiery Eyes of the Deer.—­“Fox Fire” or Phosphorescent wood.—­How used by the Hunter.—­Seasons for Deer Hunting.—­How to skin the Deer.—­The moose.—­Description of the animal.—­Immense size of its Horns.—­Moose yards.—­Hunted on Snow shoes.—­The dangers of Moose Hunting.—­Exquisite sense of Smell.—­How the Moose is Trapped.—­Directions for removing the Skin of the Animal.—­Rocky mountain sheep.—­Description of the Animal.—­Its enormous Horns.—­Habits of the creature.—­Its flesh as Food.—­How the Animal is Trapped.—­The buffalo.—­Its Habits.—­Its Food.—­Buffalo-grass.—­How the Animal is Hunted and Trapped.—­Buffalo [Page ix] flesh as Food.—­Buffalo skins.—­The prong horn antelope.—­Description of the Animal.—­Peculiarity of Horn.—­How the creature is Hunted and Destroyed by the Indians.—­Remarkable sense of Smell of the Animal.—­Its Beauty and grace.—­Flesh of the Antelope a Food.—­How the Animal is Trapped.—­Various Traps used in their Capture.—­The Dead-fall.—­Pit-fall.—­How to remove the Hide of the Animal.—­Shooting and poisoning.—­“Shot furs.”—­“Poisoned furs.”—­“Trapped furs.”—­Their relative Value in the Fur Market.—­Effect of grazing shot on fur.—­Effect of Poison on Fur.—­Remarks on the use of Poison.—­Strychnine.—­Poisoning Wolves.—­Recipe for mixing the Poison.—­Poisoning the Bear.—­How the Dose is Prepared.

BOOK VII.

Campaign life in the wilderness.

Introductory Remarks.—­“Amateur Trapping.”—­Plan of campaign.—­Selection of Trapping-ground.—­Advantages of a Watered District.—­Labor of transportation lightened by Boating.—­Lakes, Ponds and Streams.—­The Adirondacks and Alleghanies.—­Remarks on the “Home Shanty.”—­Selection of Site for building.—­Value of a good Axe.—­Remarks on the Bark Shanty.—­Its value in case of Storms.—­Wise fore-sight.—­Remarks on the Indian Birch-bark Canoe.—­Dug-out and Bateau.—­Commencement of Trapping Season.—­Advantages of preliminary preparation.—­Extensive route of the Professional Trapper.—­Sixty pounds of Personal Luggage.—­How the traps and provisions are distributed among the Trapping lines.—­Use of the “Home Shanty.”—­“Keeping Shanty.”—­Necessity of its being Guarded.—­Wolves and Bears as thieves.—­Steel Traps considered.—­Number used in a Professional Campaign.—­Number for an Amateur Campaign.—­Their Probable Cost.—­The average size of Trap.—­Dead-falls, Twitchups, &c., considered.—­Requisite Tools for a Campaign.—­A “House-wife” a valuable necessity.—­“Cleanliness next to Godliness.”—­The Trappers’ Light.—­Comparative value of Lanterns and

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