Looking for survival snare traps? When SHTF, your supplies will only get you so far. So what do you do when your stockpile is dwindling? Mother Nature always has an answer. Knowing how to make these simple yet dangerous survival snare traps – using just what’s around you – can literally save your life in an emergency situation. It’s easier said than done, so you gotta do your homework before anything else. If you don’t, you’ll end up with zero catch. Don’t let that happen to you… prepare your trappers now so you’re ready later!
Survival Snare Traps Ultimate Guide
How To Set Up Snare Traps
Figuring out how to successfully use a primitive survival snare trap can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to jeopardize your chances at survival by being underprepared. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of traps from survival expert Bobby Akart:
Snare Trap Location
By setting up a number of well-placed traps, you save yourself a lot of energy. As with most hunting strategies, it is best to set up your trap line a bit of a distance from your bug out location. Should an extended perimeter from your bug out location become too dangerous, you will not have exhausted the game in the immediate area. Look for places that are near:
- known game trails and runs
- known watering holes and feeding sites
- animal trackings and droppings
- chewed vegetation
- nesting sites and den holes
- Size 17"x6"x6" - Because this trap is designed with precision and engineered for smooth, easy action, setting it, using it, and catching animals has never been easier. This trap is very simple and efficient to use from start to finish. The spring loaded door and sensitive trigger ensures a quick, secure capture. All you have to do is add the bait, set the trap, and then release your catch.
- READY TO USE RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX - This trap is made with Heavy Duty, Durable Steel to ensure that it gets the job done. And there are no confusing, cumbersome directions to follow or complex pieces to put together. Each trap comes fully pre-assembled and is ready to set in your yard, garden, or even the woods behind your house the moment it arrives on your doorstep.
- CRUELTY FREE - Since this trap was created for SAFE AND HUMANE trapping with NO injury to the animal, it's the perfect solution for trapping Rabbits, Squirrels, Moles, Gophers, Opossums, and Skunks. The internal edges are completely smooth, to offer additional protection and ensure there will be no injury to animals.
Snare Trap Types
Hunting uses up valuable calories, something that you simply can’t afford to lose. For that reason, you need to know how to build a wide range of hunting traps for your multiple targets. There are hundreds of different variations of survival traps and snares that you can use to procure wild game. At their most basic, they are designed to choke, crush, hang, or entangle wild and fur-bearing animals, and are an important skill to know for anyone who spends any amount of time in the wilderness.
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Snare Trap Basics
The best thing to know about trapping for preppers is the best survival traps are usually very simple to make and can usually be made with natural materials if you know what you’re doing. That means to be effective, you need to practice these skills before you find yourself in a situation where your life depends on them.
5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps:
1. Tension Trap
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Watch this video for 3 easy snare trap ideas:
2. Survival Spear
I would not want to be caught on the other end of this guy. Although typically used as a fishing spear, you can also rig this into a nasty survival snare trap. Check out Reality Survival for full instructions on how to make this survival spear.
3. Bow Trap
A bow trap is one of the deadliest survival snare traps, for man and animal alike. To construct this trap, build a bow and anchor it to the ground with pegs and adjust the aiming point as you anchor the bow. Lash a toggle stick to the trigger stick. Two upright sticks driven into the ground hold the trigger stick in place at a point where the toggle stick will engage the pulled bowstring. Place a catch stick between the toggle stick and a stake driven into the ground. Tie a trip wire or cordage to the catch stick and route it around stakes and across the game trail where you tie it off. When the prey trips the trip wire, the bow releases the arrow. Tap the video above to watch how to make one by Clan Gunn Bushcraft.
- FASTEST SHOTTING SPEED: 0.4s express shotting speed makes every exciting pictures you wanna see come in front of your eyes fleetly. With no delay, you could enjoy any breathtaking moment of animals and do not have to wait long time for taking next pics any more, at the same time, it has great stability and fast running velocity with high-lever configuration.the wireless outdoor compact camera is battery operated which is quite convenient to carry.
- HIGH QUALITY RESOLUTION: Gosira camera traps trail cam captures high-performance 12MP clear and bright images, takes 1080P Full HD video with obvious sound. It supports pics,video,pics+video 3 modes, and can shot 3 pics at most per detection, 10-min video. microphone is available and you can choose the sound to be recorded or not. This game cam also has versatile applications,e.g. time lapse, password protection and time stamp and so on."
- EXCELLENT NIGHT VISION & GREAT HIDDEN PERFORMANCE : As a new best scouting camera, it applies latest Infrared Technology 940NM Invisible LEDs.When night falls, the 42pcs lights turn on automatically and takes super HD black and white photos and videos. The distance can be up to 20meters/65ft. This no glow infrared lights hunting cam owns good concealment which hard for animals to sense the lights, the camouflaging shell creats a visual trick hiding it from animals and the passerby
4. Paiute Deadfall Trap
5. Apache Foot Trap
An apache foot trap may be the most foreboding in appearance so be sure to cover it up with leaves and brush so animals don’t suspect it! This trap is essentially a hole with wooden spikes that will cave in and grab the animal’s legs, locking them in place. No matter how hard the animal fights to get loose, the leg-hold trap will only tighten its grip. Watch the video for full instructions in making an apache foot trap.
- Versatile snares are 3/32, 7X7 Cable and 60" long
- Perfect for everything from raccoon to coyote
- Compact to easily fit in a pack
Snare Trap Field Guides
Be very cautious with these survival snare traps, and use them only in a survival situation. Snare traps aren’t just useful in keeping your property safe from critters and intruders. In a survival situation, snares and traps like these might be all that stands between you and starvation. That’s why you need to know how to “Trap For Your Life.” For more information on snare traps and how and when to use them, check out the following:
Tracker’s Field Guide: A Comprehensive Manual For Animal Tracking
Check out this tracking guide for training from tracking expert Jim Lowery. He shares illustrations, track measurements, a glossary of tracking terms and more from his intensive research experience.
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species
This guide shares all you need to know about tracking mammals to find the best location for your snare traps. From anecdotes to track and trail illustrations, you’ll be prepared to head out on your own to track mammals in North America.
Here’s a video about how to make a spring snare from Survival Know How:
This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and relevancy.
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