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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 05, 1912, Image 10',
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sparsely settled country, where
schools are few.
By Fred Feller, Jr., of Randolph,
One can't learn to trap exclu
sively from books or by hearing
other people talk, any more than
you can learn to throw a lasso
rope or ride a bronco out of a
book. But after one has had
some experience in trapping, and
has trapped one species of ani
mal he can trap the most of them.
Although I have "been very suc
cessful in trapping, I don't recom
mend it for an occupation, for it
is a very uncertain business.
Ranchers should trapo destroy
pesis anu can maice money at the
same time. (That is the way I
do). Every boy that has a chance
should trap. If he is in a good
place to trap he can make quite
a little sum of money in a season.
And he can learn many things
about animals. It is generally the
boy that has to walk a long way
to school that does the best trap
ping. I am f ten asked, "What kind
of bait do you use?" and "What
kind of bait do you think is best?"
I don't think there is any "best"
bait. The poorest kind of bait
will sometimes catch them where
the best bait will fail. But of
course they like some bait better
tnan otners. iney like cotton
tail (rahbit) mutton, pork, veal,
horse, liver, beef and jack-rabbit.
That is for coyotes, and for
wolves I think veal, horse, porjc
and mutton are about the best.
To conceal traps I take an ax
and chop out a hole in the grourid
just large endugh to fit the trap
and deep enough so when .the
pan of the trap is covered over
about a quarter of an inch it will
all appear level.
I never cover traps that are to
be left any length of time with
earth, but with something that
don't freeze very easy. I use
leaves and brush.
About the three maimthings to
watch when setting traps is to set
the traps where the coyotes will
stand, cover them so they will go
off when they do stand on them
and make everything appear nat
ural around. -
I never move a trap after I
have caught one. Other animals
will come there and scratch
around. They are not so sus
picious. It doesn't matter if
there is some of their own blood
Sometimes I drag a bloody
piece of meat from one trap to an
other and they will follow the
To kill the scent of iron take
straw or hay and start it afire.
Smother it and hold the trap in
the smoke. Be careful and not
get the springs hot.
Old wagon spokes make ex
cellent stakes for traps. Always
stake or tie a small "bait.
Now I want to tell about the
wolves and coyotes as I find
them. That is one thing the boy
who traps learns all about ani-1
There are two distinct species
of wolf that I know of, the tim
ber wolf and the coyote. The