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indoorsoccerfrea
March 8, 2009, 01:25 AM
Sometimes it seems like people place an emphasis on firearms for getting food in survival situations. The thing is, when you are hunting with guns, you have to be there...not doing something else. Snares and traps do the hunting for you, and you can be doing other things to stay alive, such as get clean water or collect other similarly vital things. I decided to go out into the woods and try my hand at two different types of trap. Here goes!

This is what I call the "Bird Trap". Obviously it can be used for other small animals, but you may need to add weight to it so it can't be pushed aside.

Step 1) Take two equal length pieces of string and tie them to two equal length sticks (base sticks) so that they form a square or rectangle.
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Step 2) Flip one of the sticks over to form an "X"
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Step 3) Take two sticks about the same thickness and length and slide them under the "X" of rope, but over the two base sticks, pushing them as far to the outside as you can.
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Step 4) Take two more sticks about the same size and slide them under the "X" but on top of and perpendicular to the sticks you just put on. Again, push them as far as you can to the outside.
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Step 5) Repeat step #4 until you reach a point where the rope/string is taut and it is difficult to add more sticks.
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Step 6) Slide sticks under the "X" of rope to form a top.
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Step 7) Congratulations! you have just completed the hardest part. If you feel that the gaps between the sticks are too large and little furry zombies could escape, you can always peel bark and weave it perpendicular to the sticks or put sticks in perpendicular as shown.
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Step 8) Here comes the trigger mechanism. Find a dead branch with a "Y" in it and lay it down flat. trim it to about 3" long and shave the sides of the bottom part of the "Y" flat.
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Step 9) Find two long thin sticks/twigs that can reach from adjacent corners to the middle of the opposing side. Also find one thicker stick about 3" long. Shown below are all the parts of the trigger.
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Step 10) Hold up one side of the trap and place the "Y" of the trigger against the middle of the up side. Place the 3" long stick into the flat groove you cut into the "Y" and, holding those together, carefully place the two long sticks in the corners closest to the ground and meeting on the other side of the "Y" stick.
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You can add a leaf onto the two long thin twigs as a platform and place your bait on the leaf. When an inquisitive ostrich or other bird comes to snatch the food, it will cause one of the long sticks to shift and collapse the trap, instantly entrapping it in a dungeon until you come to retrieve and eat it! BWAHAHAHAHAHA! :evil:
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Also, if/when you do catch a bird, I would advise against lifting up the edges of the trap to try to grab it as it may do what birds to best and evade capture and fly away. :uhoh: You can roll a branch in towards the center, creating a gap just big enough for your hand so you can grab the furious fowl.:D
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indoorsoccerfrea
March 8, 2009, 01:26 AM
feel free to add other ideas!

owlhoot
March 8, 2009, 04:26 AM
Roflmao

Duke of Doubt
March 8, 2009, 08:56 AM
Trappers up in Aroostook ("the") County are calling me, asking after my opinion of your technique.

Listen, be careful not to leave those traps unattended. The foot you save just may be your own.

hankdatank1362
March 12, 2009, 02:41 PM
When an inquisitive ostrich or other bird comes to snatch the food, it...

You guys have ostriches in Indiana?

indoorsoccerfrea
March 12, 2009, 02:45 PM
You guys have ostriches in Indiana?

Well, there is the occasional ostrich farm! Who knows, one could get loose! (I hear they taste like chicken):neener:

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