Herschell Wells recalls how he started trapping during the early 1930s when he was a kid and how he focused on trapping muskrats and mink along the stream. Wells notes that as he got older, he started to prefer trapping predators, such as cats, fox, and coyotes. He also describes the process of setting the traps, skinning the animal, and treating the hides. Wells discusses making his own stretcher boards and which methods of skinning worked best for different animals. He talks about the popularity of trapping in the Butte, Anaconda, and Dillon area of western Montana and how that has significantly decreased trappable populations. Wells also describes his encounters with coyotes and fox that would dig up his traps, making it harder to catch other animals.
Trapping, Montana; Fur trapping methods; Predator control; Fur trapping equipment; Butte, Montana, trapping; Anaconda, Montana, trapping, Dillon, Montana, trapping
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Wells, Herschell, "Herschell Wells Interview, August 20, 1982" (1982). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 20.