Setting up traps or snares can be a great way to secure some wild game for food. This would otherwise be an alternative to the direct hunting of animals. Furthermore, it could potentially be a more effective way at getting food than the latter. Today, for your benefit, we will be giving a general overview of Traps and Snares Food Survival.
A trap, by the way, would be the more general term to the term snare. While the term snare, itself, would be a kind of trap that refers more to the use of cordage and or leather. Such cordage could be wire or string. Both are synonymous to each other.
You first need to be familiar with your intended game or target.
You also have to be able to make properly a trap and mask that scent of yours.
Lastly, you don’t want to alert your prey. Don’t leave any traces of you behind around the trap.
Traps and Snares Food Survival: Setting your Traps
You have to set your traps according to the area and target as there is no general trap for all.
Determine what traps to set and where by:
Trails and runs. For trails, they will usually show signs of a variety of species. They also are rather distinct. For runs, they usually are smaller, less distinct and shows signs of only one specie.
Feeding and watering areas.
Nesting or roosting sites.
Chewed or rubbed vegetation.
For positioning, try to place your traps and snares where you know animals will pass through. Your perfect trap won’t work if you are careless in placement.
You can make use of a funnel or channel when placing traps or snares on trails or runs. This channelization is done by creating a barrier that acts a funnel. This extends from the trail or run to your trap. The trap being close to the narrowest part. The sides do not have to be impassable. Your funnel should be just enough in width. The mouth, however, could be a bit wider.
Traps and Snares Food Survival: Hiding your trap
Concealing your traps is important. This especially is true when you are in an area that is hostile. Also, as equal in importance, is for you to not alert your prey. You don’t want them to avoid your trap.
For this, if you can, start by removing all the fresh dirt around your trap. Moreover that, most animals, by the way, can avoid your pit-fall traps by instinct.
The creation of your trap should be done not in proximity to where you want to place it. Animals can sense disturbances in the vegetation. For example, freshly cut vegetation will create an odor from sap that animals can detect.
The process of masking a trap, as compared to the actual making of the contraption, is relatively much easier to do. For masking scents, you can use the urine fluids of other animals. Mud you can also use for concealment as well as for coating your hands when working on the trap.
Smoking can also be a viable way to mask your scent. You could also wait and use weathering to your advantage. But for the latter, be sure to not mess with your trap in the meantime.
One more thing also to remember for camouflaging is to place traps as natural looking as you can.
If you’re making traps, you might want to know some improvisation basics.