Steel Traps

Describes the Various Makes and Tells How to Use Them, Also Chapters on Care of Pelts, Etc.

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Author: A.R. Harding
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 53,657 / 150 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.6
LoC Category: SK
Downloads: 825
Added to site: 2010.11.08
mnybks.net#: 29491
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Instructional
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especially among the old and experienced trappers, prefer the smaller sizes, and for obvious reasons. When an animal steps on a small pan he is caught to stay, but with a large one he may be "nipped" or his foot may be thrown out altogether. At any rate his education has been immensely advanced and it will take a trapper with a "long head" to get him into a trap next time.

The pan should fit loosely in its bearing for as is well known, rusting increases the size of a piece of iron and as there are four surfaces to rust in a pan bearing, ample room must be left.

[Illustration: LIMB GROWING THRU JAWS. This trap was made about 1875 and no part had given way from the tremendous pressure. Surely a good Newhouse.]

The dog or latch should be thick and narrow rather than wide, as presenting less surface for the animal to step on. It should be curved and pointed in such a way as to hold up the pan but so as to "go off" "easy" or "hard" in proportion to the size of the animal trapped for. This is

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