Click on the link below to explore the third article from a series from Forest and Stream titled: How Fur is Caught III. This late 19th century publication contains detailed descriptions of trapping, fishing and hunting. Questionable practices like poisoning wolves, market hunting and fishing are included in the many short vignettes that comprise this article. More alarming are racist references to Chippewa Indian’s as they fished for bass.
Most important to the history of the Manitowish Chain is the highlighted reference to market fishing of the Manitowish Chain for muskies. The article also notes how the area near railroads were cleaned out of fish from market fishing. Logically, market hunting was taking place as well. 1895 was the height of logging in the northwoods, and hunting/fishing for food by logging camps had to put addtional pressure on wildlife resources in the northwoods.
Editor’s note: please be aware, some articles from How Fur Is Caught, contains 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.