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 313 pages of information about Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making.
Constructing the Traps.—­The poacherssnare.—­Its portability.—­The portable snare.—­Its Peculiar Advantages.—­The “Simplest” Snare.—­The valuable principle on which it is Constructed.—­Its Portability.—­Various Adaptations of the Principle.—­The quail snare.—­Its ample capabilities of Capture.—­Peculiarities of the Quail.—­Successful Baits.—­The box snare.—­Modification in a very small scale.—­The double box snare.—­The Animals for which it is Adapted.—­Ground snares.—­The old-fashioned SPINGLE.—­The improved SPINGLE.—­Objections to Ground Snares.—­The figure four ground snare.—­The platform snare.

BOOK III.

Traps for feathered game.

The sieve trap.—­The brick trap.—­The coop trap—­Improved Method of Setting.—­Defects of the old style.—­The Bat fowling net.—­Its Use in England.—­How the Dark Lantern is Used by Bird Catchers.—­The clap net.—­Its Extensive Use in Foreign Countries.—­Decoy Birds.—­The “Bird Whistle” used in place of decoy.—­Wonderful Skill attained in the Use of the Bird Whistle.—­Selection of Trapping Ground.—­The bird whistle Described.—­Its Use and Marvelous Capabilities.—­The wild goose trap.—­Its Extensive Use in the Northern Cold Regions for the Capture of the Goose and Ptarmigan.—­Tame Goose Used as Decoys.—­Gravel as Bait.—­The trap cage.—­A Favorite Trap among Bird Catchers.—­Call Birds.—­The spring net trap.—­Rubber Elastic as Spring Power.—­A simpler net trap.—­Common Faults in many Bird Traps.—­Complicated Construction as Unnecessary Feature.—­Requisites of a good Bird Trap.—­Hints on Simple Mechanism.—­Different Modes of Constructing Hinge.—­Hoop Iron Used as Spring Power.—­Manner of Tempering Spring.—­The upright net trap.—­A Second Method of Constructing Platform.—­The box owl trap.—­Ventilation a Desirable Feature in all Box Traps.—­Tin Catch for Securing Cover in Place.—­Peculiar Mode of Baiting for Birds.—­Modification of Perch.—­Baiting for the Owl.—­Locality for Setting.—­The Owl in Captivity.—­Its Food.—­Hints on the Care of the Bird.—­The box bird trap.—­Cigar Box Used as a Trap.—­The pendant box trap.—­Ventilation.—­Simple Mechanism.—­Care in Construction of Bearings.—­The hawk trap.—­A “Yankee” Invention.—­Stiff-Pointed Wires Effectually Use in the Capture of the Hawk.—­Owl also Captured by the Same Device.—­The wild

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