Even though you know how to make a snare trap to catch animals for your food, the next important thing is to lure the animal into your snare.
Correctly Baiting the Trap can mean the difference between you getting lunch and the animal walking off with his lunch – provided by you..!
Baiting a trap is a whole topic on it’s own and requires more skills than just putting some animal food down and waiting around – good hunters who use snares and traps are always good trackers and know the body language of animals.
How animals move about in the wilderness and being able to spot the signs of an active route that the animal uses, is a skill on its own and takes quite a while to learn – but there are always signs to be seen – even for a novice hunter.
Using the correct bait
Firstly, you must look for an area that is highly populated with animals – to do this just look for simple signs on the forest floor and on the trees.
Animals will do all sorts of things as they wander around the forest and looking out for these signs will give you an idea the routes they take on a regular basis.
The ideal places to set up a snare is along the animals routes.
Checkout the type of berries and leaves that are about and see if there are signs of the animal eating them – if the animal is eating foods that are in the area, then the same foods will attract them into your snare.
Plants that are stripped bear are a good indication that there are animals in the area as well as telling you the food they like – once all eaten they will move on to other foods, but find the food they like the most by seeing what has gone the quickest – use that same food for your bait when ever possible – it will draw them in better.
Lookout for any animal scat – again, another area the animal will use on its route to find food. As well as animal scat, the creature may have stopped and eaten something along his daily route -look out for signs of husks and stalks – a sure sign he has passed this way.
The whole concept of baiting a trap can become a science in itself – it’s certainly something that takes time to learn – fortunately there are some good books available to help – The Trapper’s Bible by Dale Martin, a expert on survival techniques – but essentially, baiting is a combination of your tracking skills and ability to observe your surroundings.
Learn the daily life of the forest and the routines of each of the animals, and observe what foods they eat.
Before you begin baiting the trap you should take careful note of what the animals have and have not been eating, as well as to what degree the food reserve has actually gone. With that in mind, the best bait to use in your trap is the one that has been eaten first.