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 377 pages of information about Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making.

A Chapter Dedicated to Pestered Housekeepers.—­The Domestic Cat as a Household Trap.—­The Rat.—­Its Proverbial Shrewdness and Cunning.—­The barrel trap.—­Its unlimited Capabilities of Capture—­Other Advantages.—­“Baiting” for Rats.—­A Second Form of Barrel Trap.—­Various other Devices adapted to the capture of the Rat.—­The Steel Trap.—­Hints on Setting.—­Necessary Precautions.—­The box dead fall.—­The board flap.—­The box pit fall.—­Animals for which it may be set.—­Its Extensive Capabilities of Capture.—­Its Self-Setting Qualities.—­The principle Utilized for the Capture of the Muskrat.—­The cage trap.—­The jar trap.—­A Preserve Jar Converted into a Mouse Trap.—­Its Complete Success.—­Bowl traps.—­Two Methods.—­Fly paper.—­Recipe for Making.—­Fly trap.


Steel traps and the art of trapping.

General Remarks.—­Advantages of the Steel Trap.—­Its extensive use in the business of Trapping.—­Hints on the Selection of Traps.—­Requisites of A good steel trap.—­The Newhouse Trap.—­Various sizes.—­Rat Trap.—­Muskrat Trap.—­Mink Trap.—­Fox Trap.—­Otter Trap.—­Beaver Trap.—­“Great Bear Tamer.”—­SSmall Bear Trap.—­Hints on baiting the steel trap.—­The Staked Pen.—­Old Method of Baiting.—­Its Objections.—­Advantages of the New Method.—­The spring pole.—­Its Service to the Trapper.—­The sliding pole.—­Advantages of its Use in the Capture of Aquatic Animals.—­The clog.—­Objections against Securing the Steel Trap to a Stake.—­Method of Attaching the Clog.—­The grappling iron.—­The season for trapping.—­Best condition for Furs.—­The art of trapping.—­Antiquity of the Sport.—­Necessary Qualifications for Successful Trapping.—­The Study of Natural History a source of pleasure and profit.—­The Professional Trapper’s most serious [Page vi] Obstacles.—­Marvellous Cunning of many Animals.—­Necessity of the Study of their Habits.—­“Practical Natural History.”—­Trapping Without Bait.—­Run-ways or By-paths.—­How Utilized by the Trapper.—­How Detected.—­Favorable Localities for the Setting of the Steel Trap.—­Natural Advantages.—­Entrapping animals through their Sense of Smell.—­Remarkable Power of Scent Baits.—­Their great value in the Capture of the Beaver.—­Caution in Handling the Steel Trap.—­Effect of the Touch of the Hand.—­Buckskin Gloves a Necessary Requisite.—­Medicines, or scent baits.—­Their Great Importance in the Art of Trapping.—­Castoreum or barkstone.—­How Obtained.—­Castoreum Composition.—­Recipe for Making.—­How

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