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.
Used.—­Musk—­assafoetida.—­Oil of rhodium.—­Fish oil.—­Its General Use in the Capture of Aquatic Animals.—­Valuable Recipe for its Manufacture.—­Oil of skunk.—­How Obtained.—­How Eradicated from Hands or Clothing.—­Oil of amber.—­Oil of ambergris.—­Oil of anise.—­Its General Use as a “Universal Medicine.”—­Sweet fennel.—­Cummin—­fenugr
—­Lavender—­compound medicine—­the trail—­Its Object and Value.—­Various Modes of Making.—­How to trap.—­General Remarks.—­The fox.—­Its Scientific Classification.—­The Various American Species.—­The Red Fox.—­The Cross Fox.—­Why so Named.—­The Black or Silver Fox.—­The Great Value of its Fur.—­The Prairie Fox.—­The Kit or Swift Fox.—­The Gray Fox.—­Similarity in the General Characteristics of the Various Species.—­Food of the Fox.—­Its Home.—­Its consummate Craft.—­Instances of its Cunning.—­Baffling the Hounds.—­How to Trap the Fox.—­Preparation of the Trap.—­Adverse Effect of Human Scent.—­Necessity of handling Trap with Gloves.—­The “Bed.”—­“Baiting” the Bed Necessary.—­Precautions in Setting the Trap.—­The “Tricks of the Trapper” Illustrated.—­How to Proceed in case of Non-Success.—­The Scent-Baits Utilized.—­Various Modes of Setting the Trap.—­The Baits Commonly Used.—­The Dead Fall as a Means of Capture.—­Common Mode of Skinning the Fox.—­Directions for Stretching Skin.—­The wolf.—­The Various Species.—­Fierce Characteristics of the Wolf.—­Its Terrible Inroads among Herds and Flocks.—­The Gray Wolf.—­The Coyote or Common Prairie Wolf.—­The Texan Wolf.—­Home of the Wolf.—­Number of Young.—­Cunning of the Wolf.—­Caution Required in Trapping.—­How to Trap the Wolf.—­Preparation of Trap.—­Various Ways of Setting the Trap.—­Use of the Trail and Scent Baits.—­“Playing Possum.”—­The Dead Fall and “Twitch-up” as Wolf Traps.—­Directions for Skinning the Wolf and Stretching the Pelt.—­The puma.—­Its Scientific Classification.—­Its Life and Habits.—­Its Wonderful Agility.—­Its Skill as an Angler.—­Its Stealth.—­Various Traps Used in the Capture of the Puma.—­The Gun Trap.—­The Bow Trap.—­The Dead Fall.—­Trap for Taking the Animal Alive.—­Log Coop Trap.—­The Pit Fall.—­Bait for the Puma.—­The Steel Trap.—­Common Mode of Setting.—­Selection of Locality for Trapping.—­How to Skin the Puma.—­Directions for Stretching the Pelt.—­The Canada lynx.—­Description of the Animal.—­Its Life and Habits.—­Its Food.—­Its Peculiar Appearance when Running.—­Easily Killed.—­The Dead Fall as a Lynx Trap.—­Peculiar Manner of Construction for the Purpose.—­The Gun Trap.—­The Bow Trap.—­The Twitch-up.—­Young of the Lynx.—­Value of its Fur.—­The Steel Trap.—­Various Methods of Setting.—­Directions for Skinning the Animal and Stretching the Pelt.—­The wild cat.—­Its Resemblance to
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