History: Ad McPherson, Oldtimer of ’69, Pt.2

Reprinted from the November 1949 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

History: Ad McPherson, Oldtimer of ’69, Pt.2

Ad McPherson, Oldtimer of ’69 (concluding installment)
By W.M. Bleasdell Cameron, Meadow Lake, Sask.

‘One winter Ad teamed up with Charlie Smith to go “wolfing” at Big Valley, the location of the present town of that name. Beside provisions, their outfit included among other things their rifles, tools, duffle, moccasins, bedding and an enormous supply of the quick-fire ammunition needed in their business – strychnine. They hauled their stuff in sleds pulled by their cayuses to a sheltered spot a short way back from the east bank of the Valley, put up a log cabin and a huge stack of firewood and following a heavy snowfall, set out hundreds of poison baits within a radius of a mile from the camp, already visioning a big harvest of skins.’

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