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Deadfalls and Snares A Book of Instruction for Trappers About These and Other Home-Made Traps   By: (1871-1930)

Deadfalls and Snares A Book of Instruction for Trappers About These and Other Home-Made Traps by Arthur R. Harding

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DEADFALLS AND SNARES

[Frontispiece: A GOOD DEADFALL.]

DEADFALLS AND SNARES

A Book of Instruction for Trappers About These and Other Home Made Traps

Edited by A. R. HARDING

Published by A. R. HARDING, Publisher 106 Walnut Street St. Louis, Mo.

Copyright 1907 By A. R. HARDING

CONTENTS.

I. Building Deadfalls II. Bear and Coon Deadfall III. Otter Deadfall IV. Marten Deadfall V. Stone Deadfall VI. The Bear Pen VII. Portable Traps VIII. Some Triggers IX. Trip Triggers X. How to Set XI. When to Build XII. Where to Build XIII. The Proper Bait XIV. Traps Knocked Off XV. Spring Pole Snare XVI. Trail Set Snare XVII. Bait Set Snare XVIII. The Box Trap XIX. The Coop Trap XX. The Pit Trap XXI. Number of Traps XXII. When to Trap XXIII. Season's Catch XXIV. General Information XXV. Skinning and Stretching XXVI. Handling and Grading XXVII. From Animal to Market XXVIII. Steel Traps

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

A Good Deadfall The Pole Deadfall Small Animal Fall The Pinch Head Board or Pole Trap Bait Set Deadfall Trail Set Deadfall Bear or Coon Deadfall Otter Deadfall Marten Deadfall Marten Trap Triggers Another Marten Deadfall High Built Marten Deadfall Tree Deadfall More Marten Trap Triggers Flat Stone Trap Stone Deadfall Triggers The Invitation Skunk Killed Without Scenting Right and Wrong Way Bear Pen Trap Bear Entering Pen Den Set Deadfall Portable Wooden Trap The Block Trap The Nox Em All Deadfall Illinois Trapper's Triggers Trip Triggers Animal Entering Trip Deadfall Trip Trigger Fall Canadian Trip Fall The Turn Trigger Two Piece Trigger Trap String and Trigger Trap Trail or Den Trap Spring Pole and Snare Small Game Snare Wire or Twine Snare Snare Loop Path Set Snare Trip Pan or Plate Double Trail Set Trail Set Snares Path Snare Rat Runway Snare Underground Rat Runway Runway and Cubby Set Log Set Snare Cow Path Snare Lifting Pole Snare Bait Set Snare The Box Trap The Coop Trap The Pit Trap A Good Catcher Single and Three Board Stretcher Some Stretching Patterns Dakota Trappers Method Holder for Skinning Wire Coon Method Wire and Twig Coon Method Size of Stretching Boards Pole Stretchers Fleshing Board Stretching Frame Skin on Stretcher Hoop Stretcher Small Steel Traps No. 81 or Web Jaw Trap No. 91 or Double Jaw Trap Mink and Fox Traps Otter and Beaver Traps Otter Traps with Teeth Otter Trap without Teeth Offset Jaw Beaver Trap Clutch Detachable Trap Newhouse Wolf Trap Small Bear Trap Small Bear Trap with Offset Jaw Black Bear Trap Regular Bear Trap with Offset Jaws Grizzly Bear Trap Bear Chain Clevis Steel Trap Setting Clamp

[Illustration: A. R. HARDING.]

INTRODUCTION.

Scattered from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean are thousands of trappers who use deadfalls, snares and other home made traps, but within this vast territory there are many thousand who know little or nothing of them.

The best and most successful trappers are those of extended experience. Building deadfalls and constructing snares, as told on the following pages, will be of value to trappers located where material saplings, poles, boards, rocks, etc. is to be had for constructing. The many traps described cannot all be used to advantage in any section, but some of them can.

More than sixty illustrations are used to enable the beginner to better understand the constructing and workings of home made traps. The illustrations are mainly furnished by the "old timers."

Chapters on Skinning and Stretching, Handling and Grading are added for the correct handling of skins and furs adds largely to their commercial value.

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