How to make a spring loaded deadfall trap using your paracord gear

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Throughout this Instructable I will demonstrate how to make a spring loaded deadfall trap using your paracord gear. When in a survival situation, you can unravel your paracord gear and create a spring loaded deadfall trap to catch small game for a meal.

Also find the tutorial and other paracord supplies and kits here: http://www.paravival.com/how-tos/traps/spring-loaded-deadfall-trap

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Step 1: What you'll need

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What you'll need:
  • (4) foot long sticks roughly 1 inch in diameter (1 not shown in picture)
  • (1) 6 inch long stick roughly 1 inch in diameter
  • (1) 5 foot long sapling/tree (must be alive, and flexable)
  • A rock to use as a hammer
  • A large rock to use for deadfall weight (Ideally 2' x 2' x 5")
  • Paracord bracelet or other gear
  • Knife/sharp object for cutting cord

Step 2: Prep work

Before you do anything, find a good place to set it up.
  • Look for burrows or nests.
  • Locate game trails.
  • Find rivers and streams.
   Start off by sharpening the ends of 3 of the foot long sticks. These three will be hammered into the ground. Sharpening the ends will make it much easier to hammer them into the ground. If you don't have a survival knife, use a sharp rock, broken bottle, or anything you can find. If you snap the stick the rigtht way you can get a pretty good point.

Step 3: Preparing your cord

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Start by deploying your gear. Learn how to deploy your gear.
  • To get the most use out of your paracord you're going to only use the sheath to make this trap.
  • Cut/snip both ends of your paracord to loosen the guts of your cord.
  • Pull out the guts and set aside for later use. Do not misplace the inner strands.

Step 4: Building the foundation of the spring.

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  • Take two of your foot long sticks and hammer them into the ground using a rock.
  • Make sure they are roughly 2 feet apart.
jcwordwmith8 months ago

You've got some pretty amazing skills here. I would love to see this snare in action.

awesome! could you put a video of it in action?
Paravival (author)  mrbubbles98682 years ago
I actually took one but i frickin deleted by accident. We just got some snow this week and it's really cold out but if there's a nice day and the snow melts I'll go back out in the woods and set the trap up and video it.

Once the snow really kicks in I'll be doing a snow-shoe instructable. Using your paracord gear, how to make snow shoes in survival situation.

Stay tuned!

Pat_Maroney2 years ago
It is a very clever idea but I have to agree with the observation of the rock not falling to the ground completely. Also that a standard figure 4 deadfall doesn't require the sacrifice of invaluable paracord. But to be fair I'm no expert, I still enjoyed the instructable. Grabbed my attention for sure and was the first one I checked out today! Cheers!
Paravival (author)  Pat_Maroney2 years ago
Thanks Cannibal_hect0r,

I love the figure 4 and I think your right. But my profile is paracord based, and it goes along with my paracord gear website. But I should and will do a nice figure 4 trap Instructable soon.

I guess with the spring loaded dead fall trap you might be able to day it's a bit easier to make. Some people have trouble making all the notches necessary to put together the "4".

And if the critter is positioned correctly it would get pierced by the trigger.

I also think that this particular trap can hold a much bigger rock. Especially because you can place two or even three sticks holding the rock up. As long as your spring is powerful enough it should dislodge all of them.

Thanks for your comments! Glad you liked.

I'll have new pictures with bigger rocks and smaller triggers soon!

unclelar2 years ago
Real cool idea but doesn't the stick the trigger is tied to stop the rock from falling to the ground completely?
Seems to me a small prey animal (squirrel,rabbit,etc.) would be able to escape from this.
May be I am missing something here,went to your site but that was no help.Please if I am wrong tell me what I am missing.I really want to try this,maybe tonight.
I was thinking the same thing. I didn't comment originally because I haven't messed with snares in decades. I usually like to offer some sort of solution with criticisms. Other than the trigger I like the method. Should be quick.
Paravival (author)  mr.incredible2 years ago
Although the critter could get slammed, and pierced into the bottom part of the trigger!!!

I'm going to get some new pics up today or tomorrow.

Paravival (author)  unclelar2 years ago
Hey unclelar, couple things.
-The trigger is a little dramatic and should be made smaller.
-When it comes to traps, they aren't guaranteed. When using traps it's best to set up as many as you can, to make your odds better.
-Also, the bigger and flatter the rock, the better the odds. I ideally would look for a HEAVY rock about 4' x 3' or 4' x 2'. This way the odds get better here as well, with a bigger rock that may just smash the trigger as well.

Hope this helps.
Sooner than later I will have better, more efficient traps. I have a ton of AWESOME snare traps coming as well.

Paravival (author)  Paravival2 years ago
Actually. Thank you for pointing that out. I'm going to take new pictures of a much bigger rock, and much smaller trigger.