Feb 12 2014

How to make Snares and Traps

How to make Snares & Traps animal tracks in sand


There are many methods of catching your wild food in the wilderness, but knowing how to make Snares and Traps, is one of the most essential survival skills you will need to learn before venturing out into the wild.

While it is more than possible for you to survive for several weeks without any food, it is not generally recommended you go out and try.

So, by knowing exactly how to go about catching your food, using the various trapping methods available, will ensure you always have a good supply of fresh food when you need it.

There are other methods of obtaining food – fishing for example can prove very good, and doesn’t need to be a time consuming exercise either – see my article:  how to catch fish easily.. 

Snaring and Trapping is designed to kill an animal by either choking, crushing, hanging  or entangle the animal until dead, thus making it safe for you to approach the animal.

As with all things survival – the most effective traps are usually the simplest – the key to good trapping is not so much using the latest, super high tec, trap. But knowing and understanding an animals habits in order to position your traps in the very best paces where you have a higher chance of actually catching the animal.

Without doubt, good trapping comes down to location, location, location…. 

Firstly,  take a look at the basics::

Most snares and traps use a combination of the three basic methods shown below – 


The Simple Snare

Dead Fall Traps

The spring Snare

simple animal snare survival skills showing deadfall trap animal snare - the spring snare

You can make any of these without any equipment at all, however, having a few essential survival tools will make the job so much easier.

To make life easier I always have the following survival equipment with me whenever going out into the wild:


article: Simple Snares

article: Dead Fall Traps

article: Spring Snare

article: Baiting the Trap