We all need to eat, but the problem is getting it. Sure, we can survive on pine needle tea, but for how long before we need meat? Here's the answer: a deadfall trap made from mostly natural materials. It was invented and made by the Paiute tribe, and I'm carrying on their tradition here. Please note, the legality of making traps with natural materials may vary from place to place. In fact, it may be illegal in most states except for a desperate survival situation. So please, please, check with your local laws. Don't say I didn't warn you, and I'm not responsible for any injuries or trouble you may get in. However, I don't think it's illegal to just make one for fun, as long as you don't catch anything in it.
Step 1: Support stick
Choose or cut a relatively straight, strong stick. The height will vary depending on what animal you're trying to catch. Mine ended up about eight inches in the end. Using your knife, make a dovetail in one end, which is when you whittle one side of the top of the stick down, and the other side, to make a point.
Step 2: The Trigger, Part 1
Cut a second stick. It should be long enough to hold up a weight while keeping the rest of the trap out from under it, and also go down to about the middle of the support stick. Saw down at the right point after testing it out to find the best place. Saw down far enough to hold the support stick in place, yet not so deep as to weaken the stick too much. Remember, this will be the weakest point in the trap, if any. Now whittle the wood away from the bottom most point of the notch. This should make a nice gradual slope in the wood, and then a perpendicular point.