Olive Hamilton tells of her two years trapping in Mineral County, Montana, in the mid-1920s. She describes trapping marten, mink, beaver, otter, coyotes, and other wildlife. She discusses the process of skinning different animals, including the difficulty of skinning certain ones. Hamilton recalls walking an eight-mile trap line on snowshoes in the wintertime with her husband and their pack dog, Pilot. She recalls how they would try to smoke bears out of hibernation on these trips and their encounters with those animals. Hamilton describes the trapping process for animals like mink or marten, including the location of the traps and the bait she used. She also talks about stretching hides out on a wooden board to preserve them, and she recalls being bit on the finger by an angry mink the first time she tried to pull one out of a trap.
Mineral County, Montana; Trapping, Montana; Fur trappers, Montana; Fur trapping methods, Montana; Women trappers; Trapping bait
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Oral History Number
OH 099-013, 014
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)
Hamilton, Olive, "Olive Hamilton Interview" (1981). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 21.