I am sending a photo of a three weeks' catch of furs made by me on the Tulperhocken Creek, in Berks County, Pennsylvania—27 muskrats, two skunks and two opossums.
I am 16 years old, weigh 200 pounds, and I am six feet three inches tall.
The principal fur-bearing animals in our section of the country is the muskrat; but occasionally one finds skunks, opossums, and foxes.
I attend the Penn Township High School and the only time I can devote to trapping is mornings, evenings, and my vacations.
I have two .22 caliber rifles, a Hamilton and a Stevens; a double-barreled Remington hammer-less shotgun, 12-gauge, and 40 traps of various sizes and makes.
When I started I had a very small outfit and no experience. The first year I caught eight muskrats and a weasel; the second, 28 muskrats, one skunk, one opossum and one house cat; the third year, 67 muskrats, five skunks and four opossums; and the fourth year, 67 muskrats, three opossums and four skunks.
I set my muskrat traps at the foot of the slides used by the muskrats, as nearly all the muskrat trappers do. I think it is the best method.
Walter S. Berger.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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