Monday, January 22, 2007

Practice Traps

I've been terribly busy at work the last couple weeks. To add to that are the numerous sporting events I've participated in or watched on tv lately. I went a couple straight weeks without working on skills which sucks. During that time I did spend a lot of lunch time and free time reading about the peak oil crisis though. In short, I'm glad I'm practicing survival skills. The last week I have spent a good amount of time working on my snap bow. I'm in the final tillering stage and hope to have a post up about it this week.

In the mean time, I thought I'd post some pictures I found while prepping my tillering pictures. Here are a couple practice traps I set up last year. Trapping and snaring is a skill I have practiced very little and need to work on more. I think it is one of the most important skills to have in a survival situation because it is a reasonably easy and efficient way to get food.

Keep in mind that these traps were for me to practice selecting the right size sticks, cutting the right notches and figuring out the mechanics of setting them up. The weight of the dead fall portion is probably not perfect.

Figure four deadfall trap - One adjustment I'd probably make to simplify this one is to use a "Y" branching stick for the upright instead of having to carve out the notch in the diagonal stick.


Piaute deadfall trap - Typically the bait stick is propped against the bottom of the deadfall, but I couldn't get it to stay there so I propped it against the ground. With a longer string you can lower the deadfall so the quarry has less time to escape when the trigger is pulled.

10 comments:

torjusgaaren said...
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torjusgaaren said...

Peak Oil sure is scary...

Anyway. I also like the paiute deadfall. It's very sensitive isn't it?

Sassmouth said...

Yes it is.

Yes, it can be a lot more sensitive than the figure four. I think that is the main advantage.

fooiemcgoo said...

i like your traps. this is some of the cooler stuff you have taught me.

thanks!

when the end of days come, we might find ourselves in competing tribes. And we would have to fight to the death to establish dominance of the local resources becasue we would be the tribe chiefs. Of course, I would win, because at that time the student would have surpassed the teacher. and thus the circle is complete.

Anonymous said...

badass

Sassmouth said...

Fooie, I'll plan to murder you before the end of days. :)

Bleach n Sheets said...

I know I have openly doubted that these traps work. But, I saw survivorman catch something with them. That might have all been camera trickery!

You should set a trap and try and catch something. You could utilize anything you actually caught.

Sassmouth said...

The risk of setting them in a city is killing someone's cat. I wouldn't do it around my house because I want to keep the wildlife there as much as possible. I've gotten to know the squirrels pretty well. I know some of their routes of travel and where their nests are. Actually I might do a post about a couple of them soon. There are ways to set the traps to be non-lethal, but you may require a picture of a corpse to believe they work.

Sassmouth said...

To see some more traps in actual use, check out torjus's site under the "Trapping" label:

http://torjusgaaren.blogspot.com/

I also put a link on my main page under "Friends".

Jodajo said...

Looking for more survival dead falls? check out my site, as well: http://www.naturaltrap.blogspot.com