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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.

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There is another modification of the foregoing quail-traps very commonly utilized by professional trappers of many countries.  A low hedge is constructed, often hundreds of feet in length small openings are left here and there, in which the nooses are placed, as in the accompanying engraving.  The bait is strewn around on both sides of the hedge, and the grouse or other game, on its discovery, are almost sure to become entangled [Page 42] sooner or later.  It is a well-known fact about these birds, that they will always seek to pass under an object which comes in their way rather than fly over it; and although the hedge of this trap is only a foot or more in height, the birds will almost invariably run about until they find an opening, in preference to flying over it.  It is owing to this peculiarity of habit that they are so easily taken by this method.  Our illustration gives only a very short section of hedge; it may be extended to any length.  The writer’s experience with the hedge nooses has been very satisfactory, although never using a length greater than ten feet.  It is well to set the hedge in the locality where quails or partridges are known to run.  And in setting, it is always desirable to build the hedge so that it will stretch over some open ground, and connect with two trees or bushes.  Cedar boughs are excellent for the purpose, but any close brushwood will answer very well.  Strew the ground with corn, oats and the like.  A small quantity only is necessary.

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There is another noose trap commonly used abroad, and very little known here.  It is a tree trap, and goes by the name of the “triangle snare.”  It is not designed for the capture of any particular kind of bird, although it often will secure fine and rare specimens.  It consists of a sapling of wood, bent and tied in the form of a triangle, as shown in our illustration.  This may be of any size, depending altogether on the bird the young trapper fancies to secure.  A noose should be suspended in the triangle from its longest point.  This noose should hang as indicated in our illustration, falling low enough to leave a space of an inch or so below it at the bottom of the triangle.  The bait, consisting of a piece of an apple, a berry, insect, or piece of [Page 43] meat, according to the wish of the trapper, should then be suspended in the centre of the noose, after which the contrivance should be hung in some tree to await events.  As they are so easily made and can be carried with so little trouble, it is an excellent plan to set out with a dozen or so, hanging them all in different parts of the woods; as, under circumstances of so many being set, scarcely a day will pass in which the trapper will not be rewarded by some one of the snares.  The writer once knew of a case where a hawk was captured by one of these simple devices.  In this case it had been set expressly, and the wire was extra strong.  This trap, we believe, is quite common in parts of Germany, but, as far as we know, has not been utilized to any great extent in our country.  We recommend it with great confidence.

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