TRAPPING IN WEST VIRGINIA
For fur-bearing animals we have red and grey fox, muskrat, mink, weasel and a few 'coon, but no skunk. For game animals we have grey and white rabbit, red squirrel and a few deer in the far distant hills. For game birds we have pheasant, quail and woodcock.
When I was about 13 years old I started to trap; but never had any success until a few years afterwards. This year I started to trap the first of November and I caught in one month's trapping five mink, eight muskrats and one weasel, besides going to school.
I think I will start trapping weasels now, because in my section there would be plenty of rabbits if it were not for the weasels, because when I go into the woods I can nearly always see tracks of a weasel among the tracks of a rabbit, and when following the trail for a distance I see where the weasel had his meal.
In this section the ice freezes soon and stops the trapping for muskrats, that is successfully. And mink trapping is also poor after November, because I have had a mink to walk inside of six inches from a baited trap and never stop to get the bait.
Johnny Sneakum is also plentiful here, but if you conceal your traps rightly you will have very little trouble, because when I first started to trap I lost many traps. But this year I have not lost any.
I will close by saying that I think the Fur News is a very good magazine.
Tucker Co., W. Va.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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