Disclaimer: Traps are presented
for information purposes only, they are dangerous, some lethally
so. Using them is also illegal in all likelihood. Don't use them
except in a survival situation.
SPRING SNARE: Game running
through the snare disengages the trigger bar,and the prey is flung
off the ground. Use on game trails or in gaps through rocks or
hedges. Cut a notch in triggerbar (a) to fit upright (b). Drive
upright into ground. Attach snare to trigger bar, then trigger
bar to sapling.
Construct as for spring snare but using the release mechanism
shown. The bait support should be only lightly driven into the
ground as it must fly away with the snare.
LEG SNARE : Push a
natural fork or two sticks tied together into the ground. The
line from a sapling is tied to a wooden toggle and the toggle
passed under the fork. When the game takes the bait, attached
to a separate stick, it falls away releasing the toggle which
flies up taking the snare and the game with it. Large versions
are amongst the best snares or heavy game.
PLATFORM TRAP: Site
over a small depression on the game trail. Snares on the platforms
either side, when the platform is depressed the trigger is released
and the game held firmly by the leg. For smaller, lighter game
use the mechanism shown in (a), displacing either the bottom bar
or the toggle will trigger the trap.
FIGURE 4 DEADFALL :
A simple and effective deadfall trap, can be made to any size.
A horizontal bait bar is is balanced at right angles to an upright
with a lock bar, which supports a rock or other heavy weight pivoting
around the tip of the upright.
TRIPWIRE DEADFALL :
A heavy log is suspended over a busy game trail, trips the wire
and pulls a retaining bar from under two short pegs secured in
a tree trunk. Keep the pegs as short as possible so that the bar
will disengage easily.
SPEAR DEADFALL : Same
as tripwire deadfall but utilizing rocks to add weight and sharpened
sticks to add trauma to the crushing blow.
SPRUNG SPEAR TRAP :
This is a VERY dangerous trap, it should always be constructed
and approached from behind the spring of the trap, only attempt
if you are confident that your cordage and other materials are
strong enough. A springy shat with spear attached is suspended
over a trail. A slip ring made of SMOOTH material is attached
to a trip wire and acts as a release mechanism. A toggle (a) and
short line to a fixed upright hold the sprung shaft in tension.
A further rod through the ring is tensed between the near side
of the sprung shaft and the far face of the upright, securing
BAITED HOLE NOOSE :
This trap is very useful for scavengers, drive 4 sharpened sticks
into the pit, through the edges. Lay a noose across them attached
to a peg outside the pit.