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.
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
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.