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These survival snare traps will help you hunt for food and set up your own perimeter defense in the wild!

In this article:

  1. How to Set Up Hunting and Survival Snares
  2. 5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps
  3. Snare Trap Field Guides

Survival Snare Traps Ultimate Guide


How to Set Up Hunting and Survival Snares

When SHTF, your supplies will only get you so far. So, what do you do when your stockpile is dwindling? Mother Nature always has an answer. Knowing how to make these simple yet dangerous snares and traps for survival – using just what’s around you – can literally save your life in an emergency situation. It’s easier said than done, so you’ve got to do your homework before anything else.

Figuring out how to successfully use a primitive survival snare trap can be a bit tricky. You don’t want to jeopardize your chances of survival by being underprepared. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of traps from survival experts.

Snare Trap Location

You can save a lot of energy by making strategically placed traps. Like a good hunting technique, it’s important to position your trap not too close to your bug out area. This way, when things become too dangerous, you’ll be far enough to risk your protected location. Look for places near:

  • known game trails and runs
  • known watering holes and feeding sites
  • animal trackings and droppings
  • chewed vegetation
  • nesting sites and den holes
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Snare Trap Types

You can’t afford to use up needed calories when hunting, making it important to learn some hunting traps to do the work for you. There are so many different kinds of survival traps to use in a survival situation. These traps are made to hang, choke, and crush wild animals. These skills are essential for someone to survive longer in the wild.

5 Sneaky Survival Snare Traps

1. Tension Trap

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This spring snare loaded survival trap is pretty dangerous for humans and animals alike. The choice of wood is important because the bait stick has to impale the wild animal (or intruder) so they cannot escape.

Watch this video for 3 easy snare trap ideas:

2. Survival Spear

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I would not want to be caught on the other end of this guy. Although typically used as a fishing spear, you can also rig this into a nasty survival snare trap. Check out Reality Survival for full instructions on how to make this survival spear.

RELATED: Sneaky Hunting Traps For The Stealthy Hunter

3. Bow Trap

One of the deadliest survival snare traps for man and animal is the bow trap. To make this trap, use pegs to anchor a bow to the ground as you choose your point of aim. Lash a toggle stick to activate the trigger. The trigger stick must be supported by two upright sticks with a toggle stick that will activate the pulled bowstring. Create a trip wire across the game trail that goes around the stakes. When the prey trips the snare wire, the bow releases the arrow. Tap the video above to watch how to make one by Clan Gunn Bushcraft.

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4. Paiute Deadfall Trap

The Paiute deadfall trap may be one of the most classic of primitive traps for catching small game. The rock is propped up, the animal crawls underneath it to take the bait and SNAP, you’ve got dinner. Watch the video above for the dirty details.

5. Apache Foot Trap

An apache foot trap may be the most foreboding in appearance, so be sure to cover it up with leaves and brush. Otherwise, animals will see the trap and won’t fall for it. This trap is essentially a hole with wooden spikes that will cave in and grab the animal’s legs, locking them in place. No matter how hard the animal fights to get loose, the leg-hold trap will only tighten its grip. Watch the video for full instructions on making an apache foot trap.

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Snare Trap Field Guides

Be very cautious about these survival snare traps, and use them only in a survival situation. Snare traps aren’t just useful in keeping your property safe from critters and intruders. In a survival situation, snares and traps like these might be all that stands between you and starvation. That’s why you need to know how to “Trap For Your Life.” For more information on snare traps and how and when to use them, check out the following:

Tracker’s Field Guide: A Comprehensive Manual for Animal Tracking

Check out this tracking guide for training from tracking expert Jim Lowery. He shares illustrations, track measurements, a glossary of tracking terms and more from his intensive research experience.

Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species

This guide shares all you need to know about tracking mammals to find the best location for your snare traps. From anecdotes to track and trail illustrations, you’ll be prepared to head out on your own to track mammals in North America.


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With these survival snare traps, you’ll definitely cheat danger. There are tons of things you can do in the wilderness if you only know how to maximize your resources in making these traps. As long as you know how to set them up and you know your target, everything will go as planned, or at least closer to it. So, start prepping your snare traps now and make your prey shiver with fear!

What other survival snare traps would you like to share with us? Leave them in the comments section below! 

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 26, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

This article was originally published on Survival Life

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