Bruce ‘Buckshot’ Hemming – A Modern Mountain Man

 Bruce Buckshot Hemming   A Modern Mountain Man

by Bruce ‘Buckshot’ Hemming

Being a Modern Mountain man I have traveled all over and have had some very unique experiences in my lifetime. I snared a wild pig in Hawaii, trapped arctic blue fox in Alaska, trapped monster sized mink in North
Dakota, and had some hair rising Spring beaver trapping in Upper Michigan. Nothing gets the blood flowing like tracking a bear down that stole your beaver, trap and all. While your only defense is a single shot .22 rifle. Looking for adventure takes on a whole new meaning when you see the trap, the beaver half eaten, and you are wondering where Mr. Bear is?

Through my many adventure and love of nature I have matured. Now I spend time researching about the early Mountain Men and the Native Americans and how they survived. The modern prepper I think will find
these facts very interesting. One journal I read talked about an 8 man group that came down from Canada to the Wyoming territory to trap beaver and other furs worth cash money.

They become stuck in a valley when heavy snows sealed off the pass with 11 foot tall snow drifts. The other big game animals in the area had already left. These men had to survive until the spring melt. How did they survive to tell their harrowing tale of plight and misery? By trapping beaver. The traps were able to feed them until the spring melt came.

Please remember these were far better woodsmen then compared to today’s hunters. These men were hard, tough, and did not have the convenience of running down to the local grocery store for supplies. Even with all their hunting skills without the traps they would have starved. Remember that lesson for it will tell a story worth knowing.

Knowledge is power. I read a lot about Native Americans. Though interesting enough we Americans tend to think of the movies as a real true source of information and to give us insights into how they lived. But this is not true. Historians perceived of how they lived and some scientist believe the correct term might be used as Gatherers/Hunters instead of the common Hunter/Gatherers.

This means they spent more time collecting nuts and berries then they hunted. History is a great teacher. For instance, in September of 1869, the Cook-Folsom-Person Expedition, met the Native Americans who were gathering and drying large quantities of chokecherries, at the mouth of Tom Miner Creek just North of present day Yellowstone park. A strict diet of just meat I am sure would become old to everyone but it is also important to realize they were also getting important vitamin and minerals from the plants, fruits and nuts they gathered also.

Wikipedia defines a hunter-gatherer or forage society as one in which most or all food is obtained from wild plants and animals, in contrast to agricultural societies which rely mainly on domesticated species. I would also add modern farming methods. According to the definition Hunter/Gatherer is appropriate as long as one remembers that it’s not just hunting and hundreds of pounds of nuts and berries are also collected and consumed.

I remember reading a book about how the Native Americans would gather cattail roots to dry them and grind them into flour. Their grinding method was using stones which as you might know will produce stone grit in the cattail flour. His theory was that is why most Native Americans in the 1800’s didn’t have their teeth after the age of 40 due to the stone grit wearing their teeth down.

What is often not explained or even talked about in survival manuals and wild plant guides is how much is gathered? It was common among Native Americans that 100 bushels of nuts was collected per household.
But this is where nature has a cruel trick for you to understand why you must be able to adapt and over come.

I have spent decades in the woods in one thing you learn is some years different things are plentiful. I have seen a couple of times in my life unbelievable huge acorn crops covering the dirt roads. But that only happened once a decade. Other years were a normal crop and still another year was no acorns to be found. I bring this up as a lesson you can’t depend on only one crop such as acorns to survive.

Are you a well-rounded prepper? Do you want to learn modern methods for gathering food quickly? This spring I taught a class using modern snares for spring beaver trapping. Not only did they learn how to make snares, set snares, catch beaver, clean beaver, cook beaver, but also proper care of the fur. The guys had beaver ear muffs made for their loved ones. Nothing better to keep the ears warm in the winter than real fur.

monster beaver Bruce Buckshot Hemming   A Modern Mountain Man

How many people preparing have thought about replacement hats and mittens for cold weather? Nothing in the world is warmer than natural fur. I know, I tested my muskrat hat and beaver mittens at 40 below in a North Dakota winter. Nothing has ever been able to keep me as warm as real fur.

beaver mittens Bruce Buckshot Hemming   A Modern Mountain Man

Mrat hat Bruce Buckshot Hemming   A Modern Mountain Man

Do you know how to tan hides to make soft leather? Like anything in life there is learning curve to learning the proper steps in making soft useable leather?  I have classes that I teach folks hands on training so you can truly learn the whole process of how to trap and snare but also how to clean and cook what you catch plus how to tan the furs to make soft leather.

An often overlooked area in preppering is how to increase the available game animals. This valuable insight on how to increase game herds is vital information for long-term survival. Many people tend to over-look the importance of predator control to increase the available good eating prey species for yourself and your family. People are quite confused on this topic because of a bombardment of the hug a predator crowd that preaches predators balance nature.

Really? Let’s test that theory with real science, not fantasy from fiction writers. How devastating are grizzly bears and wolves on the caribou population in Alaska? Dr. Kay noted in a study in 1996 that carnivore predation alone can reduce caribou population densities to only 1 percent, or less, of what the habitat is capable of supporting.

That means for every 1 caribou there could have been 99 more! Further to prove his theory Dr. Kay then studied caribou on an island with no predators. The results are shocking. The island caribou had a population density of 7.45 per km compared to non migratory eastern herd with a startling 0.03 caribou per km that had wolves and grizzly bears preying on the caribou. It is clear for herd health predator control is very beneficial to increase available wild game.

This was not surprising to me after reading other studies of ducks, where the predators such as coons, red fox, coyotes, and skunks were removed to greatly increase duck numbers. From low numbers of hatch survival rate of 17% skyrocketing up to 80% success rate. Once you start studying this you will quickly learn that controlling predators greatly increases the available game in an area. Predators need to be controlled. The more control on predators the more increase you will see in available game animals for your survival. It’s really common sense.

Once you study this and understand it is clear as day. Trapping experience over the decades I have learned how much of a given species to take out but still leave enough for a healthy supply of animals the following year. This is called management. With proper management you can have sustainable wildlife year after year. This is more of a guaranteed food supply. But of course, other people can throw the balance off.

If you are to live in harmony with nature you must understand the rules. Nature can provide for you but it comes down to a few simple guidelines. Do you have the understanding to take advantage of all available resources? Like the Mountain Men stuck in the valley they did not become depressed and just give up.

They took the problem on, adapted, used the tools they had to ensure their own survival. Survival of the fittest is a well-known statement. Apply it to your survival strategy. Look at wild game and wild plants as added food to your food storage system. Every meal you can supply greatly increase your survivability.

From a preppers stand point I think it is clear you need to be well-rounded in the art of Hunter/gatherer. You should know the native plants in your area, how to dry them, and preserved them. How to trap and snare. How to tan fur to make soft leather. The very important predator control to increase the available game species in your area.

I have written about it before but it bares repeating. Nature doesn’t care if you are ignorant about survival, if you fail and starve, the sun was still rise the next day without you. Think about it.

Bruce ‘Buckshot’ Hemming http://www.snare-trap-survive.com/

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Comments

  1. Love to trap. I lve i the mid south, so with the past wheather trend and the onset ofthe PETA idios, te fur trade has taken a real beating, but the wheather trends are starting to go back he other way and in a few more years the winters will make people want to wear fur again and the tapping will improve in my area. I have some really old books that show how to make trap sets and how to stretchhides etc. I did this when I was a kid with my older brother.

  2. Always admired the mountain man, and good article. I wonder however, how the mountain man and indian even, stored all those gathering results without it spilling, going bad or be eaten by rodents before they ultimately cooked it themselves. I’m having trouble stocking my supplies in my pantry using efficient containers and modern storage methods.

  3. Brings up alot of Great points, good article !

  4. Great article! I concur about the fur clothing. I have hunted caribou in Alaska at 20 below with the wind blowing and had perspiration on my brow when wearing my fur cap. I generally wear light wool gloves inside my fur mittens to protect my hands when I remove the mittens to do some work or shoot. Also, trapping indeed provides more food than hunting and uses less energy in the process.

  5. Sounds more like you are replacing predators (wolves – bears etc) with another predator, you. Sound depending on circumstances you will need to adjust the take to keep the food source animals numbers up. Just a thought.

  6. Always great to hear some wisdom from Buckshot – I have been a customer of his for years and have yet to have him steer me wrong.

    And as usual Mr. Creekmore – you only hang with the best people!

  7. Chilly Beaver says:

    Interesting article, never really pondered the “predator” side of wildlife management. Can tell you from experience that a wolvernine on your trapline leads to mass migration of game until the angry lil feller’s either relocated or ventilated. You can easily watch the cycle play itself out with rabbits and coyotes in our area.

  8. Now, that experience turning in to wisdom. Good points, esspecially the historic lessons versus modern men. Once learned how to get selfsufficient; we replace it for being dependent on modern techonology.
    More back to “square one” and less “civillisation” and democrazy…yes…not only have become so dependent to modern society that in time of despare we look upon our democratic leaders for salvation. Wrong…the article proves it.
    Good stuff!!

  9. Excellent article and info “Buckshot”, enjoyed the pics as well ! My senior year of highschool was all about trapping. My parent’s {dad} got transferred to Wyoming on his job and I pleaded to finish my schooling
    where I was presently going. I got my wish , they set me up with a charge account at the small town gro/gas business { had to keep it under $400 bucks a month in 79} So I had pretty much everything I needed except the proverbial party and girl money…lol ! That’s where the trapping came in . I had been trapping since I was a kid ,since our
    little town had a furrier, I had my supplemental income ready at hand.
    Not only did it provide what I set out after,it increased my new found appreciation of the trapping world and gave me an accuirred taste for
    wild game . My regrets that my knowledge of plantlife sucked or I may
    have eaten truly like a Moutain Man ! My trapping consisted mostly of
    Raccoon $3/5 –Fox $5/7 — Rabbit,Opposum,Neutra..varied , and I also got $1 a foot for Rattelsnake skins….that was the life man ! I hope
    everyone has more than one way to feed whomever..traps are best IMO

  10. Don’t forget the famous Indian fish traps as well where you have moving water. Works great, passive harvesting, easy collection.
    We have also placed panfish fishing gear in with our food prep products.

    A truck sized windshield sunshade/ reflector makes a great lightweight portable solar oven for cooking your catch. I will try rigid a/c duct board next. Three or four of those things can cook a meal for 4-5 pretty good in a pinch.

    We don’t have much call for fur when planning to hunker down in south Fl. , or anywhere in the deep south for that matter.

    I worry for my friends and neighbors as to any prepping work. Even here in hurricane country, most folks will not prep for more than a 1-3 day power outage if even at all.

  11. This web site,, globalbuckets.org,,, has a great container garden idea for those of you with the inclination or lack of ground space.

  12. The Courier says:

    Anyone got any good links or book titles with specific North American Indian or Mountain Man survival skills?

    • Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

      The Courier, I’ve been collecting old trapping guidebooks for a number of years. These may be hard to find, but perhaps your library can do a search and get some for you to read on interlibrary loan. Also, if you go to this website (http://www.addall.com/), you might be able to find some and purchase them.

      Deadfalls & Snares by A.R. Harding, 1935
      Science of Trapping by E. Kreps, date unknown
      Home Tanning and Leather Making Guide by A. B. Farnham, 1950
      Mink Trapping by A.R. Harding, 1934
      Home Manufacture of Furs and Skins by A.B. Farnham, date unknown
      (Above 5 books were published by A.R. Harding Publishing Co., Columbus, OH.)

      The Education of a Beaver Trapper by Ray Black, published by Author.

      Living in the Open by E.E. (Deacon) Jones, 1961, Vantage Press

      Traplines and Trails by E.J. Dailey, 1945, Outdoor Publishing Co., Inc. (My personal favorite book of the bunch!)

      Journal of a Trapper by Osborne Russell, 1955, Oregon Historical Society (reprinted many times by various publishers). This is a firsthand account from a mountain man.

      Any issue of “Hunter, Trader, Trapper Magazine”. Often hard to find, but lots of good reading and information.

      • The Courier says:

        Thank you. I’ve been following this blog for a few months and these are my first posts. You guys are great contributors and I enjoy reading the comments. Kudos to MD as well for spending so much time to prevent the garbage posts that cheapens the quality other websites.

        Since I live on the plains, my trapping experience consists of coyotes, skunks, and feral cats. I see lots more muskrats than beavers, but I’m within fairly close proximity to the mountains. Should be some good reading.

        Thanks again for the advice and I will check it out.

      • tommy2rs says:

        Gutenberg has a good selection of the books listed above in various formats. I didn’t see pdf on the couple I checked but they do have text versions that could be printed out if you desire a hard copy.

        http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=trapping

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Lint Picker, I can’t tell you how glad I am to see you posting again. I pray it’s not a one time thing. We have missed you around here.

    • Courier- check out all the Tom Brown Survival series. Not really ‘specific’ to mountain man skills, they definitely are related to American Indian skills, who taught the mountain men. Tom also runs a survival school in New Jersey’s Barrens.

  13. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    Hot-diggity! This is a great guest post. I have enjoyed all the previous posts and expect to enjoy the future ones, too, but this is a topic that has been of great interest to me since I was a kid. Buckshot, you have a great website and well worth visiting for that outdoor aspect to survival.

    From what I’ve read, the native American pre-Columbian population was somewhere around 10 millioin people. That’s a far cry from today’s population of some 310 million Americans. Of course, in a cataclysmic disaster, the population could again be as low as 10 million. In that case, living off the land could be feasible if the land/animals/resources weren’t compromised in the original catastrophe. Therefore, learning to identify and experience eating native plants, berries, nuts, roots, and animal life is crucial for the well-rounded survivalist. BTW, that animal life should include shellfish and reptiles. All new foods, however, should be eaten initially with care since some of us may not react well to unprocessed foods.

    I have visited the Mountain Man museum in Pinedale, WY and highly recommend a visit. The flints, steels, long rifles, traps, etc. are very enlightening when seen up close and personal. Those men were indeed hardy and tough and ingenious in many ways – their lives often depended on ingenuity. Thinking outside of the box was a necessity for them.

    Excellent info from a man who knows his stuff. My thanks to Buckshot and MD for this great guest post. More, please.

  14. Jeffrey29584 says:

    Buckshot is the man!!! I love this guy, been a customer for a while now. Buckshot is my go-to guy for any woodsman/survival question. Buckshot rocks!!!

  15. blindshooter says:

    I trapped from the mid seventy’s to the mid 80’s pretty regular. We could get $20 to 25 for a good coon and black rats could get $5 or 6. I won’t smart enough to catch otter and the law would not let us catch fox at all. The guy I sold my hides to wanted them whole/frozen and actually paid more for whole animals, I guess he didn’t trust any of us to skin them right, I thought I was pretty good at it. He did hire several older ladies that could skin rats faster than three of me! I don’t even know if anybody buys hides around here any longer, but I still have my traps. I liked the conibear types and also wire fish type traps in large ditches were very efficient on the rats. My uncle and and a few friends would get together and cook a stew with rats and coon meat, it takes a while to get the bones out but they made good stew. Lots of folks would not even try it but the ones that did said they loved it, my dad used say if you used enough onions you could cook turds and they’d be pretty good;^) I’m tired, my brother in law helped me with a plumbing job at the new place tonight, looks like I may actually get in it this weekend. I need to find a used stove but that won’t hold me back, I have lots of ways to cook.

    I like reading Buckshot’s stuff, I’m a babe in the woods compared to this guy! Good article.

  16. Hi Buckshot-
    Really cool post. My late teen-early 20’s years were spent dating a young man who could claim legal Oneida heritage. Didn’t care to live on the reservation, though… at least not back then. Now, the casinos have made all the Finger Lakes Indian tribes wealthy, and I don’t know what happened to either my old boyfriend or his brothers.
    Anyway, during those years, I spent much of my time on their land in Upstate NY, and learned a lot about hunting, trapping, and tracking. Turns out, I wasn’t a bad shot, even though not raised with guns, and had a good eye for tracking injured game. His family used to enjoy taking me out to the range with them and see the surprise on the faces of the regulars when they saw a little bubblegum-snapper suburban girl beat them all out in skeet/clay pigeon shooting. Really wish I’d kept up those particular skills.
    I was interested in the prices that you listed as going rates for the different kinds of fur. I think they were almost the same rates that my friends got, back in the mid to late 80’s. Wonder what they would go for now? How about what they would go for in a few years? Definitely a useful bit of knowledge.
    Thank you for such a thorough and well-written post. It was fun to read, and reminds me of some of the skills I had begun to learn all those years ago from those good friends of my youth. It would probably be useful for me to teach my sons what I know, and perhaps use some outside experts to make sure they learn the right way. Might be a very good insurance investment in the not too distant future.
    Cat

  17. Matt in Oklahoma says:

    Good post as this is not a “buy your way out” issue we face. Skills are needed and this is one that is a force/time multiplier. Trapping in SHTF should be expanded to everything to include rats/mice/gophers/fish/small game/ crayfish and birds etc. Everything that is edible, not desired but edible. You have to start now, do not wait till the bad happens and think you will just be able to apply that book learning. This is a skill that has a learning curve. If no one can teach you then go to his class and skip the next “cool looking, wear my mall ninja outfit” rifle class. There wont be any extra credit bonus “range commando” points but you will eat and keep warm when others will falter.
    Jaw type traps and snares can also be used in “dead zones” and “avenues of approach” for defense projects as well so they double duty.

  18. SurvivorDan says:

    Another great guest article. While I have trapped and teach survival primitive trapping, this article made me realize that I need to learn how to trap critters like beavers. A bit different then trapping bunnies, coons, pigs and such. I am going to get right on that.

  19. templar knight says:

    Nice article, Buckshot, and one that gets a man thinking. When the weather doesn’t cooperate, when insects kill the crop, when “authorities” decide to share your preps, the ability to trap food might just be what saves your life, not to mention that fur could provide income or something to barter. My grandfather trapped mink, raccoon and some beaver years ago. When I visited, he would sometimes allow me to follow him when he went out on his trap lines. I remember he allowed me to bring my .22 rifle along, and we would also pick up a few squirrels as we checked the traps. It was also not unusual for him to take a predator that had gotten into one of his traps. I think I need to go back and learn some things my grandpa knew. Much thanks.

  20. Lint Picker (Northern California) says:

    My mother was a very smart outdoorswoman. She grew up on a ranch out in the boondocks and learned to use native plants for all kinds of things. She would sometimes take us kids out into the country and point out the watercress growing at the end of a culvert or the miner’s lettuce that grew in the shade and the dandelion with it’s bitter leaves. She was a great survivalist teacher and a woman who lived through the Great Depression by using what little she had to its best purpose. I only wish I had listened more closely to what she was trying to teach us, but I was more interested in learning about wild game. Typical boy. Thanks, mom, RIP.

  21. AZ Rookie Prepper says:

    Great article. Thanks for the contribution. I trapped as a young teen, ran the line before school and again after school. Caught mostly coon, possum, the occasional skunk. Brings back some great memories. Never ate any of those critters, but guess if the shtf, could eat about anything.

  22. Are not many places left that a person can still live like that without running into people , Can be rough out there but at the same time I envy that at times . Alaska is still very much the last frontier .

    • blindshooter says:

      T.R, I took a lot of hides just a few steps off the highway. I could check them going to and coming home from work. Lots of farmers were grateful for me to stop the rats from digging holes in ditchbanks and pond dams. Getting a job that required dress clothing was the end of my trapping except the occasional Friday thru Saturday night sets and helping some of my farmer neighbors when they had a pest problem. I have gotten soft in my old age, not sure if I could stand to stick my hands in nearly freezing water again. I don’t know how long a good pair of hip boots would last in storage but they were wonderful to run traps with. Might be a good idea to pack away a set if your shtf plans call for some trapping. (at least where I live, lots of water)

      • Blindshooter , I live in the southwest , so not much water here , but with that said , Your advice is very sound . Just because I live here now , doesn’t mean that it will always be the case and to have a good pair of waiders on hand is a good idea . One never knows where life is going to take them , especially if TSHTF . depending on what they are made of , I would think hip boots and waiders would last pretty much indefinitely in storage , the company I work for does a lot of ground-forms and other exhibits using cement if its an outdoor exhibit . The rubber cement boots last forever even after years of abuse .

    • Actually, T.R., I think the idea s that with the right skills, you’ll be miles ahead of and away from theose people you’ll probably not be running into at all times. Rather, they’ll be coming to you for their needs because you’ll have what they want.
      Regardless where you live, even NYC, there’s opportunity for trapping fur bearers for food and clothing. (How many articles have you read or seen on news lately of wolves/coyotes in NY Central Park? Or beaver?) Animals are very adaptive, especialy the wild ones, and can live in the most surprising places. All there for your taking if the need arises- but you need the skills.
      If you have the skills, you’ll be able to put them to your advantage rather than be a customer to those who have it when you don’t.
      JSW

  23. Buckshot, a very sobering article, very much reality-based. I’ve always had an interest in edible wild plants, but the thought that the Indians gathered hundreds of bushels of foodstuffs had not really hit me. There is very little available in central Texas, and this year’s drought is an object lesson on the lack of availability from year to year.

    Prep Now, thanks to the site reference. I garden on my deck, and the Global Buckets and Olla irrigation system are ideas I want to try. I have raised a couple of potato plants in the large woven bags birdseed comes in; worked great and an Olla pot should make it even better.

  24. I have read Ragnar Benson’s books. I have read Military survival manuals. I have read Bradford Angiers books. Buckshot’s books filled in the gaps. At least Ragnar Benson told his readers to learn trapping from someone else. I got Modern Trapping Guide, and later Complete Survival Trapping Guide and Grid Down: Reality Bites. These books opened my eyes. I’ve tried homeade snares, deadfalls, and hunting.
    Buckshot’s modern snare and real traps are what you need. We are destroying our country each day. With Buckshot’s books and tools I feel like I am more prepared.

    • Leonard says:

      Right on the money, Ralph! I too, am a client of Buckshot’s, and he DOES have the right instructional materials and real world knowledge to share. The man even called me to explain some concepts I was unsure of after my first purchase, to make sure that I understood. Great guy!

  25. For those that live in the city, being a hunter/gatherer may not be practical or even possible. What do city dwellers do? Those of us who are thinking about the bad times coming are putting back food and water, but eventually that will run out. Any suggestions?

    • tommy2rs says:

      Pigeons for one, haven’t seen many cities without those. Just think of it as squab instead of a feathered rat. Some cities have deer problems, as in deer eating ornamental plants out of backyards. Might be surprised at how many waterfowl, fish and amphibians live in city ponds as well. And you’ll find raccoons, possums, squirrels and others in most any city. And there’s always rat, grit your teeth then prep and cook it like a squirrel. Then there’s the domestic pets (and the feral dogs and cats), a bit harder to wrap the mind around but it is a source of protein.

      • Leonard says:

        Pigeons are VERY tough, as the breast muscles are well developed after they learn to fly. Have had good luck cooking them in Crock Pots and/or stovetop pressure cookers. Mine were caught with regular rat traps set on top of my flat roofed house, baited with cracked corn, stuck to the business end of the trap wooden base with Dollar Tree pancake syrup, and to the bait pedal–don’t want your prospective dinner to eat all the corn and fly away…

        • tommy2rs says:

          I always parboiled them, shredded the meat then simmered it in either a red or green chile gravy and made enchiladas. Learned that recipe shooting doves in Mexico but it works on pigeons as well or better.

  26. blindshooter says:

    swalt, if I were living in a city now my main objective would be getting out ASAP. I live in a rural area and if it won’t for all my family and close friends I’d move to a less populated area. For me it’s a trade off, living with/near my “tribe” or alone in a more remote area. The tribe wins, it’s good to have people that you can trust all around the area you live in.

  27. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    Thank you for your submission Mr. Hemming. I own a few steel spring traps, but have never used them. I’m not counting the larger Victor Rat Traps that we used to help control vermin attacking my brother’s pigeon coop.

    My maternal Grandfather used wood plank ‘box trap’s when feeding his family in the Great Depression. Hunting and trapping was a common event, but because of the human competition, the ‘getting’ was pretty spare when hunting – traps were more productive, AS LONG AS YOU CHECKED THEM FAST ENOUGH BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE TOOK IT.

  28. Thanks for this great article! Trapping and snaring is one of my weak points when it comes to survival and I’ve always wanted to learn the basics. Great site, Buck. I’m ordering your Complete Survival Trapping Guide book next payday.

  29. JP in MT says:

    I have his book (or at least one of them). I have been slowly studying it to look at what would be good for around here. Picked out a couple of traps and put them on my Amazon wish list.

    For now, they are not needed/useful, based upon where I live. Now when we move…….

  30. Gunny-T says:

    Great article. excellent information. I’ve set a hundred snares and the only thing I ever caught was a feral cat. The cat survived the trap and was in a pretty bad mood by the time I got to him. Wasn’t a pretty sight. Best of luck. I’ll keep trying.

  31. Very helpful article. Thanks for posting.

  32. Von Ehman says:

    I was watching an old Walt Disney episode of ZORRO titled “Mountain Man.”

    The Mountain Man, who trapped beavers for a living was in a Cantina were he ordered a bottle of “Beaver Blood.”

    This appeared to be Mountain slang for an alcoholic beverage; at least that was the understanding the mountain man and the waitress arrived at.

    Is this backed by any historical fact? I am a artist musician and I have written a song titled “Beaver Blood.”

    Was this just creative writing or does the term “Beaver Blood” actually exist?

    I thank you for your time,

    Von Ehman