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Mink Trapping A Book of Instruction Giving Many Methods of Trapping—A Valuable Book for Trappers.   By: (1871-1930)

Mink Trapping A Book of Instruction Giving Many Methods of Trapping—A Valuable Book for Trappers. by Arthur R. Harding

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MINK TRAPPING.

[Illustration: A LARGE MINK.]

MINK TRAPPING

A BOOK OF INSTRUCTION GIVING MANY METHODS OF TRAPPING A VALUABLE BOOK FOR TRAPPERS.

EDITED BY A. R. HARDING.

PUBLISHED BY A. R. HARDING PUBLISHING CO. COLUMBUS, OHIO.

COPYRIGHT 1906 BY A. R. HARDING.

CONTENTS.

I. General Information II. Mink and Their Habits III. Size and Care of Skins IV. Good and Lasting Baits V. Bait and Scent VI. Places to Set VII. Indian Methods VIII. Mink Trapping on the Prairie IX. Southern Methods X. Northern Methods XI. Unusual Ways XII. Illinois Trapper's Method XIII. Experienced Trapper's Ways XIV. Many Good Methods XV. Salt Set XVI. Log and Other Sets XVII. Points for the Young Trapper XVIII. Proper Size Traps XIX. Deadfalls XX. Steel Traps

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

A Large Mink A Mink Trapper Looking for Food Good Signs Nicely Handled Wisconsin Skins Some Prime N. E. Skins Large Iowa Mink Caught in Midwinter Northwestern Skins Trapper's "Shack" A Good Mink Stream Where Signs are Plenty Indian Trapper Camping Out Moses Bone A Young Trapper Large Southern Mink Caught in Minnesota A Few Good Ones Broke the Fastening Trapping Down Stream Eastern Trapper and Traps Barricade Set Northwest Trapper and Mink Northern Mink Trapper's Shanty A Few Days' Catch Three Log Set Some New York State Skins Pole Deadfall Stone Deadfalls Board or Log Trap A Good Fastening Mink and Other Steel Traps

[Illustration: A. R. HARDING.]

INTRODUCTORY.

While there are some excellent mink trappers, no one man has studied out all the methods, for the conditions under which the trapper in the South makes his largest catches would probably be of little value to the trapper of the Far North, where snow covers the ground the greater part of the year.

Conditions along the Atlantic are different than the Pacific, and as well the methods used by thousands of trappers along the Mississippi and its tributaries differ from the Eastern or Western Coast trapper, for the mink's food is not the same along the fresh inland waters as the coast or salt water.

The methods published are from all parts of the country, and many experienced trappers tell of their best methods, so that it makes no difference in what part of America you live, something will be found of how to trap in your section. Most of the articles are taken from those published in the H T T with slight correction.

A. R. HARDING.

MINK TRAPPING

CHAPTER I.

GENERAL INFORMATION.

Mink are found in nearly all parts of America living along creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds. While strictly speaking they are not a water animal, yet their traveling for food and otherwise is mainly near the water, so that the trapper finds this the best place to set his traps.

The mink is fond of fish, rabbit, squirrel, birds, mice, etc. In some sections they eat muskrat, but we believe they prefer other animals, only eating muskrat when very hungry and other game is scarce.

At certain seasons scent seems to attract them while at other times the flesh of the rabbit, bird or fish will attract them. The trapper who makes mink trapping a business should have various kinds of traps and sets for them, such as steel traps, both bait and blind sets, as well as deadfalls.

Mink, while small, are quite strong for their size and very active. While a No. 0 Newhouse will hold them, the No. 1 is usually considered the proper trap.

As already mentioned, mink travel a great deal near water, so that the place to catch them is close to the water or in the water. If you notice mink tracks near the water, in some narrow place where the bank comes nearly to the water or a rock or log projects nearly to the water, carefully dig a hole the size of your trap and an inch or more deep, covering with a large leaf or a piece of paper first. Then place a thin layer of earth removed over leaf or paper, making the set look as natural as before. The dirt from the hole for trap as taken out should be thrown in the water or to one side... Continue reading book >>




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