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

William Hamilton Gibson
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modification of that described on page 67 works very well, or an arrangement of spindle and bait stick, as in the Box Trap, page 105, may also be employed.  In the latter case, the bait stick is either inserted between the logs at the back of the coop, or a hole is bored through one of them for this purpose.  For this mode of setting, the coop should be constructed beneath some tree.  It is set by means of a rope attached to the upper edge of one of its sides the rope being thrown over a limb of the tree and the loose end brought down and secured to the bait stick by a spindle, as described [Page 34] for the trap on page (195).  The limb here acts in place of the tall end piece of the Box Trap, and by raising the coop up to such an angle as that it will be nearly poised, the setting may be made so delicate that a mere touch on the bait stick from the interior will dislodge the pieces and let fall the enclosure.  The simplest mode of setting the trap is that embodied in the “snare” method on page (52).  The rope is here provided with a knot, which must pass easily between the logs, or through the hole at the back of the coop, the length of rope being so arranged as that the coop shall be sufficiently raised where the knot projects into the interior.  The introduction of the bait stick beneath the knot will thus prevent the latter from being drawn back, and thus our trap is set.  The bait stick in any case should be about two feet in length; and with this leverage but a slight touch will be required to spring the pieces.  In the latter method the limb of the tree is not necessary.  A stout crotched stake driven into the ground about twenty feet, at the back of the coop, will answer every purpose, and the coop may be constructed wherever desired.  This is a most excellent trap for large animals.  It secures the game alive, and is thus often productive of most exciting sport.  For the bear, the bait should consist of honey or raw meat.  Full directions for baiting all kinds of American game are given under their respective heads in another part of this book.  The Coop Trap may be constructed of any dimensions, from the small example on page (67) to the size above described.

There are several other inventions commonly used for the capture of large animals in various parts of the globe, which would be of little avail in this country.  Such is the African Corrall, or Hopo, by which whole herds of quaggas, elands, and buffalo are often destroyed.  The trap consists of two hedges in the form of the letter V, which are very high and thick at the angle.  Instead of the hedges being joined at this point, they are made to form a lane about two hundred feet in length, at the extremity of which a giant pit is formed.  Trunks of trees are laid across the margins to prevent the animals from escaping.  The opening of this pit is then covered with light reeds and small green boughs.  The hedges often extend miles in length and are equally as far apart at these extremities. 

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