A NEW JERSEY OPOSSUM HUNT
Well, comrades, I am going to tell you of my experience on an opossum hunt. One time I saw an advertisement that opossum sell at $4.00 a pair. So one morning three inches of snow had fallen and I made up my mind to go and look for some opossum tracks. I took Sport, my opossum dog with me, and so we started off. We had gone about half a mile when we met another hunter who told me that he was also looking for opossum, so we went, No. 3. We had gone about 10 minutes, when Sport found an opossum track. He ran the track about a quarter of a mile, when he started to bark like wild; we went there and saw two opossums sitting up on a tree fighting for a bird. Well. I climbed up the tree and dropped them down where my partner caught them. I took them home, and was back in about 15 minutes, so we went on, hoping to get some more.
We walked about 10 minutes when Sport looked up and gave the alarm and there sat three hunters on a log having a good time, so we joined them and asked them about their luck. They told us that they were out since 6 o'clock and had got nothing. I told them of our luck, which made them mad, as they thought there were no opossums in this neighborhood. Well, we went on together and soon we found an opossum track. The dogs then followed it, making a good noise. They kept this up for about 20 minutes, when they came to a standstill. We went there and they were barking at a hole which was in a bank. Now we all stood there and did not know how to get them out as we did not want to break their den. so I thought of a trick I once read in a paper, to smoke out with sulphur. So I went home and got some sulphur, rags and a bellows and was back in a jiffy. I then made a small fire just in front of the hole and told my comrades to watch at the other end for them to come out. I then commenced to blow with my bellows and out came one dozen little opossums that wasn't fit for the ragman. Well, we then made up our minds to go home, as it was 12 o'clock. I gave the opossum to my partner, who skinned him and shipped him to some raw fur house and got 15 cents for him. I put mine in a pen, where they still are yet.
Game and fur-bearers are about the same as they were 10 years ago.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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