Tex Baker talks about his first trapping experiences in the Seeley Lake country, including one of his best years of trapping. He explains how he made his own snow shoes to traverse the mountains and creeks. He talks about his relationship with the game wardens of the area, including Harry Morgan. Baker describes Morgan’s background as an outlaw, who ran with a “wild bunch” throughout the area. Baker describes the process he went through to care for his furs and sell them to companies around Missoula and Swan Valley. He also talks about the differences between when he was trapping for a living and the current state of trapping at the time. Baker explains that the wildlife has been depleted so badly that there is no future for trapping as a profession.
Seeley Lake; Trapping; Coyote trapping; Game wardens; Harry Morgan, Montana; Swan Valley, Montana; Furriers; Trappers, Montana
Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project, OH 099, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)
Baker, Tex, "Tex Baker Interview, December 19, 1981" (1981). Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers Oral History Project. 8.