Fishing, Hunting, & Trapping

5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps To Keep You Alive | Primitive Trapping

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 traps using your resources can keep you alive in an emergency situation.



Feature | Survival Snare Traps | Sneaky Survival Snare Traps to Keep You Alive | Primitive Trapping

These survival snare traps will help you hunt for food and set up your own perimeter defense in the wild!

Survival Snare Traps Ultimate Guide

How to Set Up Hunting and Survival Snares

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 snares and traps for survival – using just what's around you – can literally save your life in an emergency situation. It's easier said than done, so you've got to do your homework before anything else.

Figuring out how to successfully use a primitive survival snare trap can be a bit tricky. You don't want to jeopardize your chances of survival by being underprepared. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of traps from survival experts.

Snare Trap Location

You can save a lot of energy by making strategically placed traps. Like a good hunting technique, it's important to position your trap not too close to your bug out area. This way, when things become too dangerous, you'll be far enough to risk your protected location. Look for places near:

  • known game trails and runs
  • known watering holes and feeding sites
  • animal trackings and droppings
  • chewed vegetation
  • nesting sites and den holes

Snare Trap Types

You can't afford to use up needed calories when hunting, making it important to learn some hunting traps to do the work for you. There are so many different kinds of survival traps to use in a survival situation. These traps are made to hang, choke, and crush wild animals. These skills are essential for someone to survive longer in the wild.

5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps

1. Tension Trap
This spring snare loaded survival trap is pretty dangerous for humans and animals alike. The choice of wood is important because the bait stick has to impale the wild animal (or intruder) so they cannot escape.

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.

RELATED: Sneaky Hunting Traps For The Stealthy Hunter

3. Bow Trap

One of the deadliest survival snare traps for man and animal is the bow trap. To make this trap, use pegs to anchor a bow to the ground as you choose your point of aim. Lash a toggle stick to activate the trigger. The trigger stick must be supported by two upright sticks with a toggle stick that will activate the pulled bowstring. Create a trip wire across the game trail that goes around the stakes. When the prey trips the snare wire, the bow releases the arrow. Tap the video above to watch how to make one by Clan Gunn Bushcraft.

4. Paiute Deadfall Trap

The Paiute deadfall trap may be one of the most classic of primitive traps for catching small game. The rock is propped up, the animal crawls underneath it to take the bait and SNAP, you've got dinner. Watch the video above for the dirty details.

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. Otherwise, animals will see the trap and won't fall for 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 on making an apache foot trap.

Snare Trap Field Guides

Be very cautious about 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.


Outsmart your prey with traps and snares from Cabela's. Their wide selection of trapping supplies includes traps and snares designed for trapping predators or small animals.

With these survival snare traps, you'll definitely cheat danger. There are tons of things you can do in the wilderness if you only know how to maximize your resources in making these traps. As long as you know how to set them up and you know your target, everything will go as planned, or at least closer to it. So, start prepping your snare traps now and make your prey shiver with fear!

What other survival snare traps would you like to share with us? Leave them in the comments section below! 

Up Next: Simple Survival Hacks Using Household Items

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 26, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

Continue Reading


  1. Mike11C

    June 30, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    I’m surprised you didn’t show a simple “deadfall” trap or a spring snare. Also, when I learned your “tension trap”, it was called a “bamboo whip” and more than one spike was mounted on the spring stick.

  2. Gary Delatte

    July 4, 2014 at 1:24 AM

    the apache leg trap was indeed use by the apache. it was not used to catch deer ,elk ,or bufallo. they were used to catch a much more stupid animal that traveled in herds across the southwest. they were used during the indian wars of the late 1800’s to catch men. the indians would then sneek or walk up on the traped man, depending on how much fear the apache wanted to instill on his pray. he would then put the poor traped animal out of his misory in what ever way the brave deemed suitable.

    • Anonymous

      January 9, 2018 at 12:26 PM

      Seems real “Brave” to “sneak” up and kill something.

      • Rick

        March 31, 2018 at 10:10 PM

        Yea it seems a cowardly way to kill a enemy i’m a nam vet i always prefered to face the man face to face

        • J.T. Hickey

          April 9, 2018 at 9:02 PM

          It puts fear in others not knowing how they will die if caught. They were guerrilla fighters; there was nothing fair about it. As I recall, the VC did that too.

  3. Sifu Mike

    August 20, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    I am impressed! The note about putting a groove in the bow…GREAT idea.
    You go girl.

  4. Wolf

    August 30, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    How many of my fellow prep peers ,ever think about this situation the Ebola virus has hit the Americas hard over 50 million people get sick half of that pass away from the virus ,god I hope this never the same time the dollar collapses everything sky rockets in price every thing is pure chaos the unemployment numbers hits at about 50 -75 % .the government is running at a limited capacity , but is still there in place! war is in coming but not yet?we have saved food and water and other supplies for this very moment and it’s here the sh$T has hit the fan so we all start to bunker down to out last this horrorible event and one day theirs a banging at your door it’s the law to enforce a eviction notice from the banks of non payment of rent or mortgage your not working theirs no unemployment checks or social program like ssi, ssd,no ebt no welfare what do you and your family do now.this is the worst case and point. Will the bankers and lenders want their payments still in a situation like this,I hate to say it but I think yes they would. My opinion is this wouldn’t happen only if the government no longer existed and it was just a survival issue. What’s your opinion????

    • Mahatma Muhjesbude

      August 31, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      In a worse case scenario you described, what makes you think that the banks will even be able to do any foreclosures or repos, lol! I doubt the mail will even be working for you to get the legal ‘notice’. So they couldn’t ‘legally’ foreclose anyway. And you can bet the ‘summons serving’ business will be ‘DOA’ with all the people bunkered up in active armed defense mode.

      As far as government checks and pensions, well, yeah, those would stop. but you have to ‘prepare’ for that also.

      • BJ

        December 16, 2017 at 8:31 AM

        I agree if it collapses, that means mail, no banks, no police..utter chaos….may have to make for the woods til the waves escaping from the cities finish killing each other for what little they will know how to use…got everything I need..just need to find someone with a lot of wooded property to let me practice

        • Kim Donald

          January 9, 2018 at 4:29 PM

          Everyone says ” I’ll just head to the woods and wait it out” Do you know how many other people will be doing just the same thing , Now I don’t know about you but I guess it’ll be very crowed ” out in the woods “

          • Anonymous

            February 1, 2019 at 7:05 AM

            not as crowded as the inner cities.

    • Anonymous

      November 2, 2017 at 11:24 AM

      Damm you really put down. That’s real! Guess we’re going to have to eat the bankers.

  5. Mahatma Muhjesbude

    August 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Great article, Natalie!

    We ‘seasoned’ survivalists always get a laugh out of books and info sold as guides to ‘bullet proof’ your home and to make it into a ‘fortress’e, and then all they tell you to do is to put bars on your windows, get steel doors and put longer screws in your lock and hinge holes, lol! Apparently they never saw a Chicago style break in on a so called ‘secure’ home with bars and everything. Unless it’s a brick home, they go right through the outside wall between the 16 inch apart studs with a pick axe and sledge hammer in about 25 seconds.

    If you are at a shtf point where you are ‘defending’ against intruders in the process of breaking in your home, you didn’t do what you should have done and you might terminally regret that.

    Any serious compound security absolutely REQUIRES perimeter defense/security as a priority set up. The farther out for a field of fire, the better. Just think remote Special Forces base camps in Nam.

    A heavy barbed wire type anti intrusion fence, or the equivalent ‘natural’ barricade like six foot thick and eight foot high dense thorn bushes rigged with alarm sensors would be a minimum exercise. But there are ‘other’ set ups that will definitely do most of the ‘anti-intrusion’ work for you if you know what you are doing. You can also set it up to where the ultimate ‘seriousness’ of it doesn’t risk hurting innocent strays until you’ll actually need to worry about such things. Yhen you just connect the ‘connections’ and flip he switch.

    You have to keep in mind the liability and criminal consequence reality of setting up a potentially lethal to humans traps around your house or land. For instance, it’s illegal in most municipalities to set up a cross bow type booby trap to your back door to shoot when someone breaks in. However, it is NOT illegal–at least during trapping season which is probably all year around in most venues for residents, to put out rather ‘large’ (some are just about the right size to fit a size 13 boot) steel spring animal trap found in sporting goods stores or online. If some trespasser happens to be sneaking up on your property, especially toward your house–these wouldn’t kill them but if you spiked them into the ground, he’d be flopping their screaming loud enough to act as the built in siren alarm, as well! Then when you call the sheriff to come get him, you can actually also charge him with damage to your property which is the trap!

    Again, you have to serious think these things out because not only are they dangerous to others, but you don’t want to hurt some poor kid who went to a common core school and can’t read no tresspassing signs, or–yourself if you forget where you put it! And you don’t want to needlessly kill animals either, especially if the game wardens have a bad habit of also trespassing around your area. By the way, they’ll arrest you for poaching, even on your own land, if they find one of these set up out of hunting season or trapping season.

    As a former jungle warfare counter insurgency instructor and 18 Bravo combat vet, I’m debating whether to reveal my rather extensive experience in this stuff to your readership here. Most of the silly books on the subject give you just enough incomplete info to either hurt yourself or give up on the project in frustration. I’ll watch your website for a while and see what the ‘mentality’ level is and think about it.

    But traps like these, easily made from scratch, or more ‘mission specific’ versions are a good start. Everybody should at least put learning how to make and use these on their survival priority list, and then expand from there. Keep up the good work!

  6. Michael L. Piggott, TSgt, USAF (retired)

    January 20, 2015 at 12:01 PM

    All of my 21 years in the Air Force were spent in the audio visual fields. One of the tricks we used to eliminate wind noise was to put a non-lubricated condom over the microphone. Every time the president steps up to a mic outside, their is a condom under the the wind hood. I hope this helps you and others improve sound quality.

  7. Pingback: Sneaky Survival Snare Traps To Keep You Alive - Survival Life | Preppers | Survival Gear | Blog - DIY Craft's Home Decor

  8. Kevin

    February 29, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    I would like to purchase a book or whatever to show me how to make a remote detonator explosive. I have roots of trees to remove and have no idea how to work on explosive material
    Thank you, Kevin Van Winkle.
    If you would like my number just email me a request. Thanks again

    • Jeffery A Silvia

      August 31, 2019 at 12:45 PM

      Anarchists cookbook online about 25 dollars US Amazon.

  9. Pingback: Trap For Your Life (Part 3) | Survival Life

  10. Pingback: These Survival Traps Will Keep You Alive Outdoors – World Trending News

  11. Chuck

    September 3, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Is it really that hard to just say “thanks for the info”?
    Everyone has to through their 2 cents in , well I think the trap was really used for this or hey that trap came from this source. Really?
    Just an FYI, all of these traps came from another source. The author in no way was attempting to claim them for his own. Traps are nothing new they have been used for decades.
    Any and all traps can be used for game and or humans , by adjusting the size. And killing or maiming are not the only purpose , sometimes they are used merely to alert everyone that someone/something is approaching.
    Stop being such Richards and just say thank you.
    By the way, thanks for the info.

  12. Pingback: The Ultimate Guide to Trapping Coyotes | Wilderness Survival Guide

  13. Pingback: How to Get Rid of Coyotes on Your Property

  14. Nathan

    January 16, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    this is by far the best instructional video I have seen!! how to make everything needed, put it together and use it. very well done sir. well spoken and no BS. totally impressed and I watch a lot of these.

  15. Pingback: Survival Life's Ultimate List Of Survival Hacks And Skills

  16. Pingback: How to Use Snare Traps for Survival - Survival Frog

  17. dillet

    March 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Somewhere on one of your webpages I saw a black metal mousetrap, but now I can’t find it. We live on a Puget Sound island with 4 deer, 3 cats, 3 dogs, an occasional chipmunk and lots of voles. If/when volcanic Mt. Rainier blows or the Juan de la Fuca Subduction Zone earthquake hits, there is about a 50% chance we will survive, and we have lots of preparations for enduring. We have snares, but that vole or mouse trap would be our best bet for obtaining meat. So where can I find it again? Thanks.

  18. Hammer Of Thor in Sialkot

    March 26, 2018 at 11:24 PM

    Pretty section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I get actually enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I will be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you
    access consistently fast.

  19. Pingback: The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7) | Survival Life

  20. Pingback: The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7) - Survive!

  21. lksgflk

    September 6, 2018 at 3:10 PM


  22. Pingback: 4 Tips To Become A Better Trapper| Learning Trapping Basics

  23. Pingback: 4 Tips To Become A Better Trapper | Learning Trapping Basics - Survive!

  24. Pingback: 5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps To Keep You Alive | Primitive Trapping | Primitive technology

  25. Pingback: Booby Traps To Protect Your Home | Survival Life Security Tips

  26. Pingback: Squirrel Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 1) | Survival Life

  27. Pingback: The Squirrel Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 1) – Ultimate Survival Alerts

  28. Pingback: What Is Bushcraft? Your Complete Guide to Becoming a Bushman - Grid Down Tools

  29. Pingback: Turmeric Benefits: Improving Your Health And Natural Healing At Home

  30. Pingback: Turmeric Benefits: Improving Your Health And Natural Healing At Home | Primitive technology

  31. Pingback: 11 Underrated City Survival Skills You Should Know in the Urban Area – SurvivalHood

  32. Pingback: Squirrel Snare | How to Make a Snare Trap Step By Step - Primal Survival

  33. Pingback: 5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps To Keep You Alive | Primitive Trapping – Survival need gear

  34. Pingback: 8 Booby Traps To Protect Your Home | Spent Brass

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply



Enter for a chance to WIN a pair of these Tactical Boots when you sign up today for our exclusive email newsletter subscription.