Book: Ricketts, Muskrat Trapper's Guide

A 182 page encylopedia of knowledge on muskrats and trapping them written by Mitchell Ricketts. Complete with photos and diagrams.

Part 1: Understanding the Muskrat-

1) Muskrat Population Explosions

2) Centers of Muskrat Activity- Coastal marshes, Inland marshes, ponds and lakes, watercourses, swamps, strip-mine ponds, stone quarries

3)Muskrat Activity Patterns: characteristics of Home Range areas, routine daily movements, daily and seasonal activity patters, territoriality and relationships among resident muskrats.

4) Population Shifts

5) Population Density and Rates of Change

6) Effects of Environmental Emergencies - Flooding, drought, freeze-out, eat-out, disease outbreaks, miscellaneous emergencies, population effects and responses of the trapper

7) Signals of Key Activity Areas

Part 2: Trapping the Muskrat

8) Getting Started

9) Select Muskrat Sets

10) Laying out a Trapline - Managing a trapline, harvest strategies, trapping during environmental emergencies and population shifts, trapping for damage control

11) Marketing your Furs

12) Following Local Muskrat Populations

Appendix: Plants of importance to muskrats