Camping and Trapping


Camping and Trapping

camping and trappingCamping and trapping is a subject close to my own heart. Of course and in today’s world there is little call for these skills and many people view the whole topic with distaste. However, in days gone by we clothed ourselves in skins and furs so the skills involved in snaring or trapping animals was very important.

The image above was taken when I was trapping possums and wallabies above the snowline on the Central Plateau of Tasmania in Australia. This information in the books below is mostly from North America during the heyday of the fur trade. For those interested it is a real insight into the period when we were still reliant on the skins of animals to keep us warm.

Hunting Trapping 1982

Hunting Trapping 1982

These books can all be downloaded for free… You never know we may well need these skills again… keep them alive.

1. Camping and Trapping was written by William Gibson. This man lived between 1850-1896and his book written in the late 1800s really captures the skills needed to be a frontier man of that era. If you are interested in trapping and snaring this is an absolute must have. Camping and Trapping has 193 pages packed with information on how to make and set traps as indicated by the list of illustrations below. It also contains a wealth of information gained from living in the Woods.

2. Deadfalls and Snares by AR Harding 1907 has 243 pages. 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.”

3. Fox Trapping by AR Harding 1906 has 191 pages. The methods given on the following pages are principally taken from articles published in the H-T-T, and as the writers give their own most successful methods, the trapper of little experience with fox will find them of great value. Their articles are from all parts of America, so that trappers from any section will find a method or methods that can be used. The red fox is the one most sets describe, yet what is a good method for one species is apt to be for others.

4. Mink Trapping by AR Harding 1906 has 193 pages. 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.

5. The Muskrat Trapper by AE Schmidt 1906 was written 1922 has 41 pages. Practically all text-books written for trappers, treating upon the subject of trapping and raw furs,heretofore have been neglectful of two things, namely, how to trap the animals under various conditions, and the assorting and grading of raw furs.

6. Steel Traps by the proflific author AR Harding 1907 has 348 pages. Steel Traps are far superior to Snares or Deadfalls from the fact that they can he used for hoth land and water trapping while Snares and Deadfalls are adapted to Land Trapping only.

7. The Hunter and Trapper by Halsley Thrasher in 1808 has 109 pages. I have studied the nature and habits of animals of different species, and a plan that was good to capture the otter, the mink, and the beaver, forty years ago, is just as good now as then. The nature of animals doesn’t change like the nature of men; we have grown wiser while they have remained the same.

8. Buzzacotts Masterpiece was written by “Buzzacott” in 1913 and has 546 pages. There are so many movements in the checker-board life of a trapper that it is impossible to make any one system to cover the field. Animals are governed largely by the caprice of the moment; so should the trapper ever adapt himself to conditions as he finds them, which are seldom, if ever, the same, and by energetic practice and perseverance meet move with move, accepting and expecting defeat, discouragement, losses, failures, yet playing the game to win.

9. Camp Life and The Trick of Trapping written by Hamilton Gibson in 1880 has 315 pages . With the exception of all ” clap-trap,” our volume will embrace nearly every known example of the various devices used for the capture of Bird, Beast, or Fowl, in all countries, simplifying such as are impracticable on account of their complicated structure, and modifying others to the j)eculiar adaptation of the American Trapper.

10. A Trapper’s Guide: A Manual of Instructions was written by the famous trapper Newhouse in 1869 and has 245 pages of amazing information. From capturing to curing, this is one of the most detailed texts you will ever find on this subject.

11. The Trapper’s Companion was written by Pelteries Publishing Co in 1919 and has 165 pages of information. An Up-to-date Book replete with Trapping Methods, approved Sets used by the Most Experienced Trappers, Instruction for HandHng, Grading and Shipping Raw Furs, Traps, Bait, Scents, Fur Farming, Camp Building, Boat Building, Turtle Trapping, Bee Hunting, and many minor matters, embracing everything a trapper should know to insure success.

12. Trapping as a Profession by Pelteries Publishing Co in 1922 has 99 pages. Trapping Grounds of North America Guide to Methods of Trapping Them Successfully; Fur Prospecting; Professional Trappers’ Methods; and Opportunities of Making Money at This Profession.

13. Life in The Backwoods was written by Frank Reed in 1875 and has 39 pages. A guide to the successful hunting and trapping of all kind of animals.

14. How to Build a Water Snare by GF Schenfield was written in 1922 has 19 pages. On the following pages I am going to try and show you how to build what I call a water snare, which if properly constructed will take the first otter, mink or muskrat that passes, going either up or down stream. I will also describe a marten and fisher snare that I originated several years ago.

15. Night-Lighting:A technique for capturing birds and mammals published by Natural History Survey Division in 1959 by Frank Reed in 1875 16 pages. This paper describes a technique which was found effective for capturing pheasants {Phasianus colchicus), cover and fig. 1, and certain other animals by using bright lights at night to blind them temporarily. The idea for this technique is not original with the writer nor is it of recent origin. If records existed from prehistoric time, they would probably show that preliterate man used the light shed by burning torches in capturing wild animals for food.

16. My 60 Years on The Plains by WT Hamiliton in 1905 has 263 pages. Trapping, Trading and Indian fighting, “Uncle Bill” was also acknowledged by all to be the greatest sign-talker on the plains, either Indian or white ; and was able to converse with all tribes. All Indian tribes use the same signs, though speaking a different language.

17. 50 Years Hunting and Trapping by E.N Woodrock and edited by A.R. Harding in 1913 has 324 pages. This man lived between 1850-1896and his book written in the late 1800s really captures the skills needed to be a frontier man of that era. If you are interested in trapping and snaring this is an absolute must have. Camping and Trapping has 193 pages packed with information on how to make and set traps as indicated by the list of illustrations below. It also contains a wealth of information gained from living in the Woods.

18. 20 Years on The Trap Line by Joseph Henry Taylor written in 1891 with 170 pages . A collection of revised camp notes written at intervals during twenty years experience in trapping, wolfing and hunting, on the Great
Northwestern Plains.

19. 31 Years On The Plains and in The Mountains by Capt William Drannan in 1910 has 735 pages. …Minute description of his first trip on the plains, where he meets and associates with noted planismen as Gen. John Charles Fremont, James Beckwith, Jim Bridger and others, and gives incidents of his association wjth them in scouting, trapping, hunting big game, Indian fighting, etc..

20. Pioneer Life or Thirty Years a Trapper was written by Phillip Tome in 1854 and has 238 pages. “The lover of the hunt will find faithfully portrayed, the exciting scenes of the chase, the fight with the elk, the wolf and the panther, and herein be enabled to gather the experience of nearly half a century as to the best mode of securing every description of game to be found in our forests.”

21. Wildlife in The Far West was written by James Hobbs in 1875 and has 534 pages. Hunting and Trapping Adventures with Kit Carson and others; Captivity and Life among the Comanches; Services under Doniphan in the War with Mexico, and in the Mexican War against the French • Desperate Combats with Apaches, Grizzly Bears, etc., etc.

22 Hunting and Trapping by Barker and Danforth in 1882 and has 249 pages. An account of trapping and hunting on the Magalloway River and Parmacheene Lake.

23. Sketches of Camplife: The Aroostook Woods by Charles West in 1892 is 351 pages in length. To succeed in trapping the many carnivorous animals that destroy so very many innocent lives to maintain their own, is simply to be interested therein. Then, ones ingenuity is applied, he studies their habits, notes where he is unsuccessful, remedies the fault or oversight, and outwits the game next time, and so on, continually bringing to bear his reason and intelligence, so superior to their instincts.

24. Canadian Wilds was written by Martin Hunter in 1907 and has 286 pages. I have hunted, trapped and traded with the Montagnais, Algonquins and Ojibways, the three largest tribes that inhabit the country mentioned in the foregoing boundaries and therefore the reader can place implicit reliance in what is herein set forth.

25. The Sportsmans Directory was written by John Mayer in 1845 and has187 pages. The chase in its various classes: Coursing, shooting, fishing, the preservation of game and decoys selection and training of the Pointer and Spaniel Breeding, pheasants, partridges, rabbits etc., with copious directions for trapping and destroying vermin and detecting the operations of the poacher.

26. The Sportsman’s Guide was written by professor ES Clevenger in 1925 and has119 pages. It is an authoritative, practical and highly enlightening guide to people bothered with wild animals or hawks. Read this book and then set a trap and catch any kind of wild animals. The book will tell you just what to do and how to set your traps right. It is written especially for the sportsman in clear, nontechnical language…

27. The Sportsman’s Guide to The Northern Lakes was written by George Frances in 1885 and has 126 pages. That all may “read our title clear,” and that the author may not appear as treating a boundless and unlimited territory, the following explanation is vouchsafed: The scope of the present work is intended to include, besides the three Great Lakes, Superior, Huron and Michigan, a few of the more accessible inland lakes within the boundaries of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

28. City Boys in The Woods: Trapping Adventure in Maine by Henry Wells in 1889 has 290 pages. This book is the outcome of a suggestion that a story truthfully portraying the actual life of the hunter and trapper would be timely. The author has succeeded or failed in his purpose, in the exact proportion in which he succeeds or fails in impressing on the minds of his readers the truth that a special education is as necessary to a life in the wilderness as it is to navigate that other wilderness—the boundless ocean.

29. The Book Of Camp Lore and Woodcraft was written by Dan Beard (founder of the first Boy Scouts Society) in 1930 with 288 pages. Those of us who think we know boys, feel that this “inner light” illuminating their wonderful powers of imagination, is the compelling force culminating in the vigorous accomplishments of manhood. It is the force which sent Columbus voyaging over the unknown seas, which sent Captain Cook on his voyage around the world, the same force which carried Lindbergh in his frail airship across the Atlantic.”

30. Builders of The Nation or From Indian Trail to The Railroad was written by A.C. Laut in 1902 and has 176 pages. “The trapper s hard-earned knowledge of the vast empire lying beyond the Missouri was utilized by later comers, or in a large part died with him, leaving occasional records in the documents of fur companies, or reports of military expeditions, or here and there in the name of a pass, a stream, a mountain, or a fort. His adventurous warfare upon the wild things of the woods and streams was the expression of a primitive instinct old as the history of mankind.”

31. Home Manufacture of Furs and Skins was written by Albert Farnham and has 292 pages.A Book of Practical Instructions Telling How to Tan, Dress, Color and Manufacture or Make into Articles of Ornament, Wear and Use.

32. The Reliable Pheasant Standard was written by Ferd Sudhow in 1910 and has 91 pages. Culture, Breeding, Rearing, Trapping, Preserving, Crossmating, Protecting Stocking, Hunting, Propagating, Etc. of Pheasants, Game Birds, Ornamental Land and Water Fowl Singing Birds, Etc.

33. The Shotgun and Sporting Rifles was written by “Stonehenge” in 1862 and has 552 pages. The shotgun and sporting rifles and the the dogs, ponies, ferrets used with them in the various kinds of shooting and trapping.

34. Tony Alexanders’s Hunters and Trappers Guide was written Tony Alexander in 1887 and has 129 pages. “In hunting and trapping, as in every other practical business matter, it is only the man who has had continuous experience for a long time and under many and various circumstances that can be trusted to advise.”

35. Forty-Four Years The Life Of A Hunter was written by Mesach Browning in 1859 and has 432 pages. “Meshach Browning’s life may be deemed an eventful one, considering the almost constant risks he ran of losing it in his many dangerous conflicts with bears, panthers, wolves, and wounded bucks; for the latter are scarcely less to be feared than the former, as their sharp horns, and keen, cutting hoofs, are wielded with as much strength and skill, both in attack and defence, as are the teeth and claws of the beasts of prey.”

36. Wolf Coyote and Trapping written by AR Harding in 1909 and has 257 pages. An Up-to-Date Wolf Hunter’s Guide, Giving the Most Successful Methods of experienced “Wolfers” for Hunting and Trapping These Animals, Also Gives Their Habits in Detail.

37. Science of Trapping was written by E. Kreps in 1909 and has 247 pages. “Trapping in itself is an art. Many
of the wild creatures are exceedingly wary and the trapper must match his reason against the instinct, the natural wariness and the acquired knowledge of the animals.”

38. The Newhouse Trappers Guide published by Oneida Community in 1914 and has 175 pages. The 12th edition contains fresh illustrations and valuable new reading material.

39. How To Trap and Snare was written by William Carnegie in 1909 and has 240 pages. “It may be imagined that trapping and snaring are an uninteresting kind of drudgery very necessary, but outside the amateur’s sphere of interest. On the contrary, it is an engaging and fascinating pursuit, and one worthy the skill und attention of those to whom country life in general, and game-preserving in particular, possess a never-ending attraction.”

40. The Amateur Trapper was written by Stanley Harding in 1917 and has 164 pages. How to construct dead-falls, traps, snares, and nets; The most successful baits, how to cure and tan skins and furs at home; The art of taxidermy for the amateur.

41. Black Beaver Trapper was written by Lewis and Clark in 1911 and has 70 pages. At the age of five years I began to make Bows and arrows, and cross guns, likewise sling shots. My first experience was with by bros, George and Lee in killing a woodchuck. And from this time my adventures began to multiply. All kinds of small animals fell before my accurate aim.


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