How to make Snares and Traps

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.

If you prefer to and can afford the gear, maybe a shotgun would be a more predictable way to get live game.

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 places 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

survival skills showing deadfall trap

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:

  • Survival knife – an essential bit of equipment – see article: Choosing the Best Survival Knife
  • Wire Snares –  A set of Wire Snares – reasonable thickness, 3/32″ for small game
  • Paracord – everyone needs to carry  550lb. strain Paracord – apart from snares, paracord has many uses
  • Survival Axe – an essential bit of equipment – see article: Best survival Axe Guide


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