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

William Hamilton Gibson
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Skin after the manner of cattle, and stretch the hide on a hoop-spreader.  Page 275.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN SHEEP.

These creatures are natives of the entire range of the Rocky Mountains, and are especially prized on account of the superior quality of their flesh as food.  They are much larger and more powerful than the domestic sheep, and the ram is provided with enormous curved horns.  The wool of the animal is intermixed with coarse grey hairs, and the general appearance of the fur is russet grey, with the exception of the rump and under parts, which are of a dirty white color.  The animal is generally very wary and retiring, and inhabits the most secluded and inaccessible mountain regions and rocky cliffs.

They are easily captured by the steel trap (No. 5) set in their haunts.  The dead-fall is also used in some instances.  Remove the skin as described for the deer.

THE BUFFALO.

The Buffaloes or Bison of the Western plains is too well known to need description.  They travel in migrating herds of thousands, and are found from Texas to British America.  Their food [Page 221] consists chiefly of grass, of which the “Buffalo grass” is their great delight.  They graze and travel through the day and rest by night.  They are more the game of the hunter than the trapper, although the largest side Newhouse would effectually secure one of the animals.  The Buffalo is generally hunted on horseback, the usual method being that of stealing into the drove while grazing, always moving against the wind in order to avoid being scented.  The flesh is palatable and by many much relished.  The Buffalo skins of commerce are furnished by the cows.  The bull skins are almost devoid of fur on the hinder parts, the hair being confined to the huge heavy mass on the hump and mane.  Skin the animal as described for the Moose.

THE PRONG HORN ANTELOPE.

This sole American representative of the Antelope tribe we believe is seldom trapped; but as it is a well-known animal on the Western plains, a short mention of it is required here.  In general shape this creature bears considerable resemblance to the deer, the form of the horn being its chief peculiarity, each one of which is provided with a single prong, from which the animal takes its name, of Prong Horn.  The color of the body is brownish-yellow, with the exception of the rump and belly which are almost white.  The Antelopes generally travel in herds, and are much hunted by the Indians who surround them and destroy them with heavy clubs.  Like the deer, their sense of smell is especially keen and the same caution is required in hunting them.  In size they are about the same as the Virginian Deer.  They are wonderfully graceful in all their movements, and are even more fleet of foot than the deer.  These Antelopes inhabit the Western Prairies and wooded borders from New Mexico northward, and their flesh is much esteemed as an article of diet.  They may be caught in their feeding places, as recommended for the deer, using the same sized trap.

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