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.
duck net.—­Its Use in Chesapeake Bay.—­Manner of Constructing the Net.—­Decoy Ducks.—­Bait for the Ducks.—­The hook trap.—­Its cruel Mode of Capture.—­Peculiar Bait for Ducks.—­TheFool’s capTrap.—­Its Successful Use in the Capture of the Crow.—­Shrewdness of the Crow.—­Strange antics of a Crow when Captured in the Trap.—­Bird Lime the Secret of its Success.—­Wonderful Tenacity of the Cap.—­Different Modes of Setting.—­Bird lime Described.—­Its astonishing “Sticky” Qualities.—­The Bird Lime of the Trade.—­Various “Home-Made” Recipes.—­Manner of Using Bird Lime.—­Limed Twigs.—­The Owl Used as a Decoy in connection with Bird Lime.—­Bird Lime used in the Capture of the Humming Bird.—­A Flower Converted into a Trap.—­Masticated Wheat as Bird Lime.—­Its Ready Removal from the Feathers.—­Delicate Organization of the Humming Bird.—­Killed by Fright.—­Use of its Plumage.—­Snares for the Humming Bird.—­Blow Guns Successfully Used for its Capture.—­Killed by Concussion.—­Disabled by a Stream of Water.

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Miscellaneous traps.

The common box trap.—­Two Modes of Setting.—­Animals for which it is Adapted.—­A Modification of the Trap.—­Another box trap.—­The figure four trap.—­Its Advantages.—­The double ender.—­A Favorite Trap in New England.—­Simplicity of Construction.—­The Rabbit’s Fondness for Salt.—­Its Use as a Bait.—­The self setting trap.—­Animals for which it is adapted.—­The dead fall.—­Various Methods of Construction.—­Animals for which it is usually Set.—­Remarkable Cunning of some Animals.—­The Precautions which it Necessitates.—­Bait for the Muskrat.—­Various Baits for the Mink.—­Skunk Baits.—­A Fox Entrapped by a Dead Fall.—­Slight Modification in the Arrangement of Pieces.—­Live Duck used as Bait.—­Another Arrangement for the Dead Fall.—­Trap Sprung by the Foot of the Animal.—­The figure four trap.—­Applied to the Dead Fall.—­The garotte.—­Its Singular Mode of Capture.—­Its Common Victims.—­The bow trap.—­An oddity of the Trap Kind.—­Its Singular mechanism.—­The mole trap.—­A Much-needed Contrivance.—­Subterranean Mode of Setting.—­Its Unfailing Success.—­A fish trap.—­A Section of Stove Pipe used as a Trap.—­Its Various Victims.—­Adjustment of the Bait.—­Curious Mode of Capture.

BOOK V.

Household traps.

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