TRAPPING CONDITIONS IN NORTHEASTERN ARKANSAS
TRAPPING CONDITIONS IN NORTHEASTERN ARKANSAS—Can you tell me anything about the trapping conditions and climate in Northeastern Arkansas. I have not begun to trap any this winter yet, writes a subscriber of H-T-T under date of December 6, but the woods, lakes and rivers are full of trappers. I am working for the U. S. Survey and I have covered a lot of territory. At present we are camped on the St. Francis River, and I see lots of trappers with traps on their backs looking for a good trapping ground.
The fur here is not prime yet (December 6), but there are some trappers who have been trapping for three months past and I never saw so many blue pelts in my life as I have seen so far this Fall. They all have the trapping fever here in Arkansas. There are trappers here from all over the country, and the worst feature of it is they don’t attend to their traps. I found a trap with a drowned coon in it that had been there for several days; another one of the boys found a trap with a big coon in it, and when he took hold of it by the tail to pull it out of the water all the fur slipped off the tail bone.
Now I call that man who set those traps, whoever he is, a very poor trapper to leave a poor dumb brute to starve to death and rot. And I wish you would just write a piece or article and publish it in the H-T-T and kindly give some of these once-a-week trappers a little good advice. I met one who was trapping on -or near Brown’s Lake who said he only went to his traps about two times a week. I told him he ought to go every morning if he wanted to trap, and not leave any animal in the trap to suffer and die of cold and hunger.
I have trapped all over the country and am past 44 years of age and I always go to my traps every day- I haven’t trapped much since I left New Mexico eight years ago on account of not being where there was enough fur to pay a man to spend his time running after it.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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