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Food is one of the hardest things to come by in the wild. In a survival situation traps can do the work of hunting for you while you make shelter, create fire, and find water. The Paiute is the easiest deadfall because all you need is a piece of string or a shoelace.
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Step 1: Materials

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Hammer:          large flat rock (the bigger and flatter the better).

String:                shoelace

Main support:   Y-ed 1-2 inch by one and a half foot stick

Lever:                 1 foot by 1" strong stick

Toggle               3"-3/8 inch twig

Trigger               inflexible twig as long as the rock

All the measurements are very flexible and are just general guidelines.

Step 2: How it works

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Y-ed stick is the fulcrum to the lever. The lever stick holds up the rock. The string which is being held down by the toggle pulls the lever down. The toggle is wrapped around the base of the main support and is held in place by the trigger. the bait is placed on the trigger stick. When the trigger is touched it releases the toggle, letting the rock go.

Step 3: Tie it together

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Tie one end of the string to the toggle and the other to the end of the lever.

Step 4: Set up main support

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Sharpen the end of the main support or dig a small hole and plant it in the ground.

Step 5: Set up

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Have a friend hold the rock up. place the lever between the Y of the main support and under the edge of the rock.  Wrap the string/toggle halfway around the base of the main support. Put the trigger stick against the toggle on the side that's resisting to stop it from unwinding (letting the rock go) and the other end against something in the back to keep it in place (ex. the rock itself or a small stick planted in the ground). Put the bait far back in the trap to keep the animal from escaping before the trap springs.

Now bask in it's glory!
does it work?
cap n crunch (author)  charlie-on-our-63 years ago
Of course!
have you killed anything in it?
cap n crunch (author)  charlie-on-our-63 years ago
I haven't personally but I've only done it a couple of times. The thing about traps is you have to put out volume because they aren't 100% successful
Ketzer3 years ago
How much do store-bought mousetraps weigh? Seems like if you are planning ahead.....
chuckr443 years ago
This is a fine trap to understand how it works. But I don't think it has enough force to kill a mammal. Maybe a bird. But I'd like to see a video of ANY deadfall trap actually killing or maiming a food source. Can't find one. Anywhere.
cap n crunch (author)  chuckr443 years ago
At the end it shows what he caught.
tjesse3 years ago
Well done!
LOL "want some peanut butter little guy?"
cap n crunch (author)  tjesse3 years ago
Thanks haha!