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 377 pages of information about Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making.
or Shoulder Basket.—­Venison as food.—­To preserve the overplus of meat.—­“Jerked Venison” Recipe and Process.—­Moose and Bear meat and Fish, similarly prepared.—­How to protect provisions from Wolves.—­The Moufflon and Prong-horn as food.—­“Small game,” Squirrels, Rabbits, and Woodchucks.—­“Skunk Meat” as a delicacy.—­The Buffalo as food.—­Grouse, the universal Food of Trappers and Hunters.—­Various species of Grouse.—­The Sage Cock.—­The Ptarmigan.—­How they are trapped by the Indians in the Hudson’s Bay Country.—­Waterfowl.—­Sea and Inland Ducks.—­Various species of Duck.—­Mallard.—­Muscovy.—­Wigeon.—­Merganser.—­Canvass Back.—­Teal, &c.—­Wild Geese.—­Fish as food.—­Angling and Spearing.—­Salmon Spearing in the North.—­Description of the Salmon Spear used by the Indians.—­Salmon Spearing at night.—­Requisites of a good Spearsman.—­Fishing through the Ice.—­Cow’s udder and Hogs liver as Bait.—­Other Baits.—­Assafoetida and Sweet Cicely as fish Baits.—­Trout fishing with Tip-up’s.—­Pickerel fishing in Winter.—­Pickerel Spearing through the Ice.—­The Box Hut.—­The “Fish Lantern” or Fish Trap.—­Fish Attracted by light.—­Light as Bait.—­How the Fish Lantern is made and used.—­The trapper’s shelter.—­Introductory remarks.—­The Perils of a Life in the Wilderness.—­A Shelter of some form a Necessity.—­The Log Shanty.—­Full directions for building.—­Ingenious manner of constructing roof.—­How the Chimney is built.—­Spacious interior of the Shanty.—­The bark shanty.—­A Temporary structure.—­Full directions for its construction.—­Selection of building site.—­Tents.—­Advantages of their use.—­Various kinds of Tents.—­The House Tent.—­The Fly Tent.—­The Shelter Tent.—­Directions for making the Tent.—­Tent Cloth.—­How to render tents Water and Fire-resistant.—­Valuable recipe.—­Beds and bedding.—­Perfect rest and comfort to the tired Trapper.—­A portable Spring bed for the woods.—­A Hammock bed.—­Bed Clothes.—­The Canton Flannel Bag.—­Hammocks.—­Tent carpeting.—­Spruce and Hemlock boughs as bedding.—­How to cover the ground evenly.—­The Rubber Blanket.


The trapper’s miscellany.

Warning to the Novice.—­Winged Cannibals of the Woods.—­Insect ointments.—­Mosquitoes and Gnats.—­Their aversion to the scent of Pennyroyal.—­Pennyroyal Ointment.—­Recipe.—­Mutton tallow Ointment.—­Tar and Sweet Oil Liniment.—­Recipe.—­Its effect on the Complexion.—­Invasions of Insects by night.—­Their pertinacity and severity.—­The experience of our Adirondack guide.—­The bloodthirsty propensities of the Mosquito admirably depicted.—­The “Smudge” Smoke versus Insect Bites.—­“Punkeys” and “Midgets.”—­Their terrible voracity.—­Painful effects of their Bites.—­Pennyroyal an effective Antidote.—­Depraved [Page xi] appetite of the mosquito.—­A Warning to the Intemperate.—­Use and abuse of Alcohol.—­A

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