This easy to follow step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make a simple dead fall snare.
A dead fall snare is just a heavy object that falls when triggered by the triggering mechanism (in this case, a stick!).
Step 1: Materials
You will need....
1. 1 x long sturdy stick (10 inches)
2. 1 x heavy rock (or log)
3. 3 x similarly sized sticks (9 inches)
Step 2: Location, location, location.
Find a track or path that animals will follow. I've used a long ditch.
To channel the animals to the exact location of the trap build a small wall to 'funnel' them towards the trigger. I made a pile of leaves. It doesn't need to be a strong wall as animals will take the path of least resistance.
Put two sticks into the ground firmly. These will have to hold the heavy object up so put them a reasonable distance apart.
Take another stick and put this in the ground but only just. Make sure it is sloping at a 30-40 degree angle.
Now place the heavy object onto the two sticks and use the third stick to stabilise it. This part requires a good eye for balance!!!
Then place your trigger stick in front of the sloped stick a few inches off the ground.
When the animal walks or runs along the path it is 'funnelled' towards the trigger stick, when it stands on or walks into the stick the sloped stick will move and the rock will fall onto the animal.