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Chesapeake Bay Trapping

Chesapeake Bay Trapping




      

Chesapeake Bay Trapping


Chesapeake Bay Trapping-What are the trapping conditions in Chesapeake Bay and along the coast of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia?

I spent several months on Chesapeake Bay five or six years ago, and even at that time the trapping grounds were nearly all owned or leased by men who trapped them, and excluded the others. The few public grounds that I saw were trapped to death, rats and other furs being mighty scarce.

Trappers there saw their opportunity and bought the marshes for a few cents an acre, and they are now worth a dollar an acre. A march of a few hundred acres gives men a fine living, and if the trapper gets hold of one of these marshes, leaves a breeding supply, and protects it from poaching, there is good money there.

I doubt if there is much opening for a free trapper on the bay, except up some of the tributary rivers, and in the back lands-unless one wishes to buy the marsh and hold it for trapping. Some trappers there hire several men to trap and dress hides for them.

There are hundreds of small lakes, ponds and streams that could be made to yield a fine income to those who would rent the “fur privileges” of the owners. In a few years the animals would increase and by not too close trapping would be a paying investment.

Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.

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