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October 2017

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Tip #9 Snares & Traps

Trapping or snaring wild game is a good alternative. Despite the misconception that modern firearms have increased getting game, snaring can kill far more animals. When you set the snare, unlike a firearm hunter, you don't know when you have taken an animal or how many. In hunting you cannot block trails for 24 hours, snares can. To be effective you must know something about the habbits of the animal you are snaring. And, yes, you can snare deer or birds.

Wire and rope are cheaper and more readily available than bullets. It is also more indiscriminate, thus, wire snaring can be a very wasteful technique. You must remember the locations and check your snares regularly.  One should never put out a snare and just leave it. What ever type of snare you use for getting food make sure it safe and won't harm other humans.

 Use of Bait

Baiting a trap or snare increases your chances of catching an animal. When catching fish, you must bait nearly all the devices. Success with an unbaited trap depends on its placement in a good location. A baited trap can actually draw animals to it. The bait should be something the animal knows. This bait, however, should not be so readily available in the immediate area that the animal can get it close by. For example, baiting a trap with corn in the middle of a corn field would not be likely to work. Likewise, if corn is not grown in the region, a corn-baited trap may arouse an animal's curiosity and keep it alerted while it ponders the strange food. Under such circumstances it may not go for the bait. One bait that works well on small mammals is the peanut butter from a meal, ready-to-eat (MRE) ration. Salt is also a good bait. When using such baits, scatter bits of it around the trap to give the prey a chance to sample it and develop a craving for it. The animal will then overcome some of its caution before it gets to the trap. You should check your snares just after the natural feeding activity of the animal.

How to trap pigs

Build a fence to one side of the pen where you want to catch the pigs. Lay food on the ground that the pigs like. Let them eat all they want. When they get used to this fense, build another side of the pen. Keep feeding the pigs until they get used to the new side. Build the third side of the pen. Continue feeding the pigs and let them get used to the newer side. Build the last side of the pen, but leave the gate off. Keep feeding the pigs. They will get used to the finished pen. Put the gate on the pen and springload it to shut with something deep inside the pen to which a pig will touch or eat.  You've got yourself some pigs.

Some interesting snare sites

http://www.wilderness-survival.net/food-2.php