Northern Trappers Eight Months’ Outfit
Northern Trappers Eight Months’ Outfit-What kind of an outfit would it require to go north of Prince Albert, 100 miles, for eight months’ trapping?
As I have been north for several winters I have had some experience in that country, but of course I do not claim to know it all, as there are many who know a good bit more about that country than I do. Anyway, I will try to explain the best kind of an outfit to get. I would not advise Mr. Michael to go north of Prince Albert, but to go 200 miles north of Eatomamie, east from Prince Albert, and then north, which is the best country for marten, mink lynx, muskrat and fox and any amount of moose and elk. To go there, the best time to start is about in September. Two Indian ponies with packing saddles is the best way to bring in the goods on bare ground and a toboggan in winter is the best for trapping and moving. Two men are always best together. By going in September you can always put up some hay for your ponies and make your camp good and warm for the winter. In this country there is plenty of game such as moose and deer and plenty of white fish in the lakes, so there is no danger of starving. The 10X10 tepee tent is always the best tent to stop in before moving; this kind of tent is always handy. The Dawson camp stove is the best stove on a trapping trip as a stove with an oven in it is very handy for packing salt, tea, flour and matches, and they are just about the only groceries a man needs as it would not do to take too many articles along. Two rabbit robes are all the blankets a man needs. One big and one small hunting hatchet, two hunting knives, one large and one small one, one whet stone and the best of clothing, all wool underwear and Mackinaw, also 3 or 4 pairs of moose hide moccasins, a buckskin jacket are necessary. For a rifle the .45-90 carbine is the best with smokeless powder, and the .32-20 Colt Revolver or the 45 caliber is not too big. Always take plenty of ammunition along. For traps use nothing but Oneida Jump traps and only two kinds are necessary, the no. 1 ½ for mink, muskrat, marten and fox and the No. 3 for otter, fisher, lynx and wolf. If any one starts out with a first class outfit he can, when the fur is high, make a fine stake north if he is an experienced trapper.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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