Being out in the wild requires a lot of diligence. While you will need to secure a water source and shelter initially, you will need food within a few days if you want to survive.
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The good news is that the human body can go without eating for weeks. While there are many factors at play, Gandhi was well documented as going without food for 21 days, and some have even lasted as long as 73 days without eating anything.
A great way to ensure you are not stuck in starvation mode will be to create a snare trap. With it being passive, you can hunt or fish and hope that at some point, it will eventually catch small game.
3 Things You Will Need!
There are a few items that you will need to have on hand to create your trap. You may be able to substitute some of these things for others, but the easiest to find will be:
- Rope – A long cord to make a noose.
- Second rope or wire – Used to secure a rock and to tie against trees.
- Knife – Needed to cut both wood and the cord.
Sometimes, you will not have a knife available. In this case, you can rub the cord against a sharp stone to cut it, but fraying can occur. Ideally, all of the above items will already be in your survival kit and can even be kept in a vehicle or backpack.
Simple Step-by-Step Guide to Create Survival Snare Trap
There are multiple ways that you can create a primitive snare. We will be discussing the easiest method that we have found.
- Locate a thin stick that can easily be broken.
- Find two semi-thick branches that can be used as posts.
- Cut the branches so that they can easily be pushed into the ground.
- Carve a small hook into the branches that will hold down the thin stick from step one. This hook will be facing the soil.
- Insert your posts into the ground and ensure that they are sturdy.
- Place your trigger from step 1 underneath the hooks carved and fasten in place using rope or wire.
- Push it with your hand lightly to make sure that it will not fall due to gusts of wind.
- Tie your rope to the top of a sapling so that when pulled, it will bend down and act as the driving force (or engine) to lift the animal in the air. You can attach a rock to your cord and throw it over the tall sapling if it is too tall.
- Tie a stick to the dangling end of the rope that will act as an anchor to go between the posts and the thin branch that will be broken. This must be done carefully and you can carve a hook into it for better accuracy.
It Should Look Like This Now!
Now, you should have two posts with a stick in the middle of them ready to be broken by an animal. A rope should be tied around the top of a small sapling that is bent over because of the branch in step 9 that is holding it down to your trigger.
The idea is that once that stick is broken, the sapling will straighten with a lot of force and bring the prey into the air using a noose. If everything seems correct thus far, proceed to creating the last part of your device:
- Create a noose and tie it to the rope attached to the tree right near your trigger.
- This will be done in such a way that when the trigger is spring, the noose will quickly glide across the floor and grab the prey in the process before being thrust into the air.
Now, your trap is set and hopefully, when done right, an animal will walk into it and be caught in the process.
4 Simple Steps How to Use It
1. Identify Species of Animals & Small Game in Your Location
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Traps can be used for small creatures. Do not expect it to hold the weight of a buck or anything bigger. Instead, scout out the area looking for:
Only smaller animals will suffice, so if you do not see these, you would want to try another means of trapping. You can even make a snare for fish, but that will not be covered in this article.
2. Find a Proper Place to Lay Your Device
You want to discover the perfect location to lay your trap. This will be near:
- Water sources.
- Small game shelter (such as holes or caves).
- Food sources.
- On “animal routes”.
If you choose a place where game do not need to go, you will end up hungry.
3. Assemble Your Trap
Follow the steps above to set everything in the ideal location.
4. Leave Some Bait If You Can
If possible, leave bait within the noose. This will be berries, acorns or other items that you have found. I do not recommend using any of your personal food as bait because you are in a survival situation.
The last thing to remember is that you will want to cover everything up. Leaves and any nearby brush will be the ideal choice as animals can recognize a change in the environment and may avoid the trap otherwise.
Safety Warnings & Recommendations
Snares can be cruel. In fact, many states have made snaring illegal due to suffering of prey.
If wire is used, animals may be deeply cut or dismembered. Broken bones is also another possibility.
- In the UK – Free running nooses and traps that loosen when the animal is not struggling are legal while locking ones are not.
- In the United States – Each state has their own rules and regulations regarding snares.
In crisis, trapping is a necessity. If you are not in a survival situation, you will need to consult with local laws to ensure that snares are legal.
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