How To Build 6 Survival Hunting Traps That Are Both Simple And Effective

Up Your Off-Grid Survival Skills With These Simple Animal Traps!

One of the top priorities and biggest challenges, especially during a long term SHTF situation where you’re literally having to live off the land, is finding and procuring food.

Although just hunting can certainly bring us good results, in those times when calories, fat and protein are so important, taking action on every opportunity we can find to increase our chances of finding food is the action to take.

Below you’ll find 6 practical and useful hunting traps that can be easily made with a minimal number of items. Learning these trap making skills will make you one step closer to winning in a survival situation.

  1. Graves Bait Stick Snare
  2. Grave’s Motion Triggered Snare
  3. Fixed Snare
  4. Peg Snare
  5. Drowning Snare
  6. Treadle Snare

The only way to get good at making an effective snare or trap is to practice making them (then taking them down so you do not accidentally kill someone’s pet or traumatize the kids with a dead squirrel in the backyard.)

Knowing how to make a trap or snare is one of those survival skills that can be a life saver – not only can it ensure you get vital food, it also is silent, which in a SHTF moment, could be a life-saver.

1. Grave’s Bait Stick Snare


This bait-activated spring pole snare comes to us from a little-known and long out-of-print book called Bushcraft, by Richard Graves. The Grave’s bait stick snare is my go-to trap for most animals and occasions. To build this trap, you’ll need a spring pole, a forked stake to drive into the ground, a pencil-diameter toggle stick, a snare line with an attached trigger line, a bait stick, and some bait.

Tie the snare line to the end of your spring pole. Bend the pole down until the snare line touches the ground and mark the spot. Drive the forked stake into the ground at that spot. This keeps the snare line more or less plumb, which is vital to setting the trap. Tie your pencil toggle to the end of the trigger line, which is attached to your snare line.

Run the toggle under the fork on the stake in the ground, keeping the toggle parallel to the ground and at a right angle to the stake. Next, set your baited trigger stick out at the end of the toggle, which should set the entire trap. Now, set it off to test it. If it springs quickly, set up some twigs to support the noose, then reset the trigger.

Warning: Never handle the noose of a snare line with your bare hands or fingers AFTER the trigger is set. If the trap misfires, the noose can close on your hand or fingers, ripping off skin or even a digit.

Click the “Next”Button Below for Trap #2: Grave's Motion Triggered Snare


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