"He took down a book called Trapping North American Furbearers by S Stanley Hawbaker"

Subtitled ‘A complete guide on trapping all North American Fur bearers for both Amateur and Professional, also bear hunting, tracks and tracking, lures and baits, skinning and handling fur, etc.’ , Hawbaker’s book was first published in 1941 and remains in print today.

Hawbaker describes himself as ‘a naturalist and professional trapper’ on the title page - arguably something of a contradiction in terms given the behaviour of most trappers and hunters during the first half of the 20th century.