I have been trapping for the past four years and am at present sixteen years old. The principal fur-bearing animal here is the skunk, 'mere are a few muskrats also in the rivers and ponds hereabouts, but as I do not live near them I have experience only with the skunk.
I have a .22 caliber repeating rifle whose magazine will hold twenty .22 shorts and sixteen longs and fourteen long-rifle cartridges. I also have a double-barreled Parker shotgun, 12-gauge and hammerless. I use the rifle to kill skunks in my traps, as it is the easiest method 1 have found and the most satisfactory. By creeping up to my catch without its seeing me I sometimes am able to shoot it without causing any scent to be thrown.
By going after skunks nights with a good dog, I am able to get more pelts than by trapping. There is as much sport in it as in 'coon hunting
I always save the fat from the skunks, for it can be sold for $1.00 per quart at drug stores. There is usually in the fall about one-half pint of fat on each skunk, which when tried out is good for colds.
W. E. Greene.
Washington County, Rhode Island.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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