A TURTLE TRAP
A TURTLE TRAP
By W. BUNN
While the following kink may not be new to all the readers, at the same time it is worth trying for those uninitiated in this way of catching turtle. The plan follows: First get a rough board, say 12 inches wide and as long as the water and bottom justify. On this board nail a quantity of stout ringed hooks a few inches apart diagonally, and at the top of the board (which will be sitting in the water at an angle of about 30 deg.) tie securely a chicken or rabbit. In a day or two a gentle odor will be wafted over the face of the water, which will stir up the turtlesí olfactory irresistibly. They will all answer the summons of the decayed b:t, and will try to climb up the board, with the result that the hooks will catch them in the loot. By way of anticipating and brushing aside any suggestion that this method is not humane. I believe any turtle would rather have a hook in his foot than through his bony mouth, and that the above method will be the less painful. Have the chicken or rabbit a few inches above the water.
(included for historical purposes only)
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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