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The Trail


The object of the trail consists in offering a leading scent

which, when followed, will bring the animal to the various traps,

and when properly made will be the means of drawing large numbers

of game from all quarters and from great distances, whereas without

it the traps might remain undiscovered.

Trails are sometimes made to connect a line of traps, as when set

along the banks of streams for mink, etc.
at other times, as in

trapping the fox, for instance, they should extend from the trap on

all sides, like the spokes of a wheel from the hub, thus covering

considerable area, and rendering success more certain than it would

be without this precaution.

The combination medicine just described is excellent for the

purposes of a trail for minks, otter, muskrat, and many other animals.

Soak a piece of meat, or piece of wood in the preparation, and

drag it along the ground between the traps. A dead fish smeared

with the fluid will also answer the same purpose. The soles of

the boots may also be smeared with the medicine and the trail

thus accomplished. Trails of various kinds are considered under

their respective and appropriate heads in the chapters on animals,

all of which will be found useful and effective.