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Camp Life in the Woods : And the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making - W. Hamilton Gibson

Camp Life in the Woods

And the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making

By: W. Hamilton Gibson

eBook | 1 November 2023

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First published in 1881, this complete illustrated guide reveals how to catch everything from squirrels and mice to tigers and bears, and offers general advice on camping and hiking in the woods. Among the treasures within are easy-to-follow plans for building dozens of traps; comprehensive directions for the building of shanties and log cabins, and boats and canoes; hints on food and cooking utensils; instructions for the curing and tanning of hides; and much, much more, including these indispensable tidbits of advice:

  • Smear oil of cumin on the trail of a wolf to lure him to the trap.
  • Repel mosquitoes with oil from a pennyroyal plant's leaves.
  • Do not "calculate very confidently on securing a fox on the first attempt."
  • Combat a skunk's odor with chloride of lime.
  • Use a rabbit's special fondness for salt to entice it into a trap.
  • Make homemade flypaper out of molasses or spruce gum.
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