Click on the link below to explore a second article from a series from Forest and Stream titled: How Fur Is Caught II 1895. This late 19th century publication contains detailed descriptions of trapping, logging, camp life and hunting. The article has rough testimony of early logging and lumberjack behavior. Most of the article is based in Mercer with a trapping adventure to Circle Lily Lake that led to the capture and demise of a huge Canadian Lynx. The story is most entertaining but has a member of the party nearly perishing due to the rigors of the day long adventure. Fay Buck from the Manitowish/Mercer camp was the trapper that led these Chicago adventurers to his camp at the divide of the Turtle Lakes. Buck's family later will establish Buck’s Resort in Manitowish Waters as well.
In addition, some great images (see below) from Star Lake, Wisconsin trappers are included to illustrate trappers’ equipment and use of toboggans. The article chronicles the rigorous work, expertise, and mettle that was required by trappers.
Editor’s note: please be aware, some articles from How Fur Is Caught, contain nativist and racist comments, sadly typical of early authors. Additionally, some may find offense regarding late 19th century trapping and wolf mitigation practices. The MWHS chose to preserve these early articles unedited with a cautionary note allowing the reader full context and the option to skip offending text.