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Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Autobiography, experiences and observations of Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock during his fifty years of hunting and trapping.   By:

Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper Autobiography, experiences and observations of Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock during his fifty years of hunting and trapping. by Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock

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Experiences and Observations of E. N. Woodcock the noted Hunter and Trapper, as written by Himself and Published in H T T from 1903 to 1913


Published by A. R. HARDING, Publisher St. Louis, Mo.

Copyright 1913, By A. R. HARDING.


I Autobiography of E. N. Woodcock II Early Experiences III My First Real Trapping Experience IV Some Early Experiences V Some Early Experiences (Concluded) VI A Hunt on the Kinzua VII My Last Hunt on the Kinzua VIII Fred and the Old Trapper IX Bears in 1870, Today Other Notes X Incidents Connected with Bear Trapping XI Pacific Coast Trip XII Some Michigan Trips XIII Hunting and Trapping in Cameron Co., Pa., in 1869 XIV Hunting and Trapping in Cameron Co. XV Trapping and Bee Hunting XVI Hits and Misses on the Trail XVII Lost in the Woods XVIII Traps and Other Hints for Trappers XIX Camps and Camping XX Deer Hunt Turned Into a Bear Hunt XXI Dog on the Trap Line XXII Two Cases of Buck Fever XXIII Partner a Necessity XXIV A Few Words on Deadfalls XXV Advice from a Veteran XXVI The Screech of the Panther XXVII Handling Raw Furs and Other Notes XXVIII The Passing of the Fur bearer XXIX Destruction of Game and Game Birds XXX Southern Experiences on the Trap Line XXXI On the Trap and Trot Line in the South XXXII Trapping in Alabama XXXIII Some Early Experiences XXXIV The White Deer XXXV A Day of Luck XXXVI A Mixed Bag


E. N. Woodcock and Bear Traps His own make E. N. Woodcock's Residence Setting a Large Steel Trap for Bear Woodcock and Some of His Catch Woodcock on the Trap Line Log Set for Fox Woodcock and His Catch, Fall, 1904 Building a Bear "Lowdown" Results of a Few Weeks' Trapping Woodcock Fishing on the Sinnamahoning Woodcock and Some of His Catch Woodcock and His Steel Traps Woodcock Fishing on Pine Creek Woodcock and His Old Trapping Dog, Prince Good Small Animal Deadfall Spring Set for Fox Woodcock on the Trap Line, 1912 Visitors at Woodcock's Camp in Georgia E. N. Woodcock and His Catch of Alabama Furs E. N. Woodcock and Some of His Alabama Furs Foot of Tree Set Woodcock and His Old Trapping Dog


Sometime early in the spring of 1903, a letter was received from a man in Pennsylvania and published in H T T, which a few weeks later brought to light one of the truest and best sportsmen that ever shouldered a gun, strung a snare or set a trap E. N. Woodcock.

Some of the happenings are repeated and all dates may not be correct, for be it remembered that Mr. Woodcock has written all from memory. It is doubtful if he kept all copies of H T T, therefore was not sure if such and such incidents had been written before. In most cases these are somewhat different and as they all "fit in" we have used them as written and published from time to time.

Much information is also contained in the writings of Mr. Woodcock and whether you use gun, steel traps, deadfalls or snares, you will find something of value. The articles are also written in a style that impresses all of their truthfulness, but, so written that they are very interesting.

Those of our readers who have read his articles will be glad of this opportunity to get his writings in book form, while those that have only read a few of his more recent articles will be pleased to secure all.

Perhaps the following editorial which appeared in H T T will be in place here:

"Although crippled with rheumatism, there is an old hunter and trapper living in Potter County, Pa., whose enthusiasm is high and his greatest desire is still to get out over the trap lines a few seasons before the end of the "trail" of life's journey is reached. May that desire be fulfilled is the earnest wish of the H T T as well as thousands of our readers, who have read the writings of this kind hearted and wide experienced hunter and trapper, as they have been penned from his home near the Allegheny Mountains... Continue reading book >>

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