Introduction: Survival Snare

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Easy instructions how to make a simple snare that can be used in a survival situation.

WARNING... this should only be used in a survival situation. It is illegal to trap game animals without a license.

Step 1: Materials

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All you'll need is:

-a knife
-a stick (see pic.)
-some string

Step 2: Making the Snare

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Take the string and fold one end over about an inch and a half. Now tie the the folded part in a lose overy-undery knot and thread the opposite end of the string through the hole. Tighten the knot so the string isn't falling through.
Then take the stick and sharpen the end of it and make a notch on the opposite end.
Tie the snare to the stick with the string in the notch to hold it in place.

Step 3: Seting Up

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Find a well used trail (look for a long line where no plants are growing and the leaves are packed down) and look for a place that creates a natural funnel.
Drive the pointed end of the stick into the ground (make sure its deep or it wont hold).
Poke some small sticks into the ground and use them to keep the loop open, then poke some more sticks into the ground around the trap so animals cant go around it.


cbigelow (author)2016-07-06

Does this trap work great?

Wow, this is an awesome trap! Never thought about making it like this!

theobsessivehomesteader (author)2014-05-31

hate to tell you gecko hiker but the reason cow and buffalo survive off of greens only so well is they have completely different digestive multiple process areas and fermintation to gain the full benefits from greens only.

ve2vfd (author)2008-06-21

If you are a vegan and never eat or wear any animal products, I highly respect your opinion and choice. If not, you're a hypocrite and just let other do the killing for you...

A good name (author)ve2vfd2008-06-28

Well I'm not sure about my shoes but I try to avoid animal products... I'm a vegetarian not a vegan, I'll eat eggs and milk, no fish though. It's completely immoral to kill.

recyclebin (author)A good name2008-06-29

eggs are undeveloped baby birds

TaZedPhanTom (author)recyclebin2014-04-22

No, we only eat un-fertilised eggs, the fertilised eggs contain chicks, un-fertilised eggs are pooped out when not fertilised by a cockrel.

A good name (author)recyclebin2008-06-29

Technically if they're taken before anything starts then they'd only BECOME birds... it's not really killing them since they never lived in the first place. I don't eat eggs too much anyways for that very reason but sometimes I will... Milk isn't too bad though.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2008-07-08

Thats like saying that abbortion isn't killing a baby because it wasn't born so it hadn't lived yet.

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2008-07-12

It is killing the baby. In the egg though, it doesn't develope, just has the potential to. If you get the egg before it develops AT ALL then it's fine since there was nothing there. I see what you're saying, and that's why I don't eat them alot.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2008-07-12

This may sound bad from different point of view, but killing animals is just a way of life. Why can wolves kill rabbits, but it's wrong for a human to kill a cow (which are bred to be killed)? The only reason we think it's wrong is because we have the capability to think at that high of a level. If you want a real problem then start hating pollution. It's worse for animals because they're not even being killed to survive.

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2008-07-12

Well, we (theoretically, I'm a christian though) developed from monkeys. Monkeys did not ever eat meat. Therefore, it's okay for the wolves, but it still bugs me. If I were given a gun and someone said "There, go shoot that rabbit" And I saw a wolf about to attack it, I'd likely shoot the wolf instead and let the rabbit get away.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2008-07-13

That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. The only valid reason someone would tell you to shoot a rabbit is for a survival situation, and you're saying you would kill a wolf that was about to kill a rabbit that you could eat to survive, and then not even eat the wolf! No offense, but that is purely idiotic. btw, monkeys did eat meat. Meat is another word for animals as food, and termites are animals. Monkeys eat termites.

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2008-07-13

1: Please, stop being so obnoxious. 2: Get some morals, and don't feed me that "survival of the fittest" Bullshit 3: Termites aren't animals, they're insects (don't try to get deeper into that) 4: Good day.

ztevo (author)A good name2009-02-21

Apes eat other primates and often kill them just for fun, gorillas will rip the skin off of a living gorilla to watch it suffer just for giggles,

Adult dolphins kill seals and baby dolphins just for fun life is cruel.

Chimps make spears to hunt other primates with, Apes are not vegetarians. Would you argue that monkeys are not animals?
(chimps hunting monkeys with spears)

Sorry to step in here and I really could care less eat you eat unless you are pregnant, don't have a sick malnourished baby do to your religious beliefs. As for the veggy thing do you have any idea how many animals have to be killed to grow and harvest an acre of any vegetables?

As for the cool people that are doing it, name one Olympic or professional level athlete that is a vegetarian (surfers don't count), they do not exist.

For the egg people , a vegan one explained to me that eating a chicken egg was the equivalent to sucking on a bloody tampon, but then again the vegan people are OK with eating a human afterbirth (placenta?) and consider it to be the only form of meat ok to eat.

Eat what you like and be happy, don't criticize others for what they choose to eat and don't be sucked into a cult. Never send money to an organization that manipulates your emotions to get a financial response from you. ie if an organization is posting disturbing images to try to get you to open your wallet they are manipulating you by getting you to react with your primitive emotional brain instead of you rational human brain, peta is just as guilty as the anti abortion groups in using nasty images to make lots of money while never accomplishing anything except taking your money.

Do you really thin it will become illegal to eat meat? then do not send these people your money. Just eat what you like.

A good name (author)ztevo2009-02-21

"As for the veggy thing do you have any idea how many animals have to be killed to grow and harvest an acre of vegetables?" What? You're joking right? I planted roughly a quarter of an acre of veggies in my backyard, without an animal casualty. Anti-abortion groups don't take your money. Anti-abortion groups are normally organizations that use the money to hold rallies and stuff and keep websites up. The egg thing you're pointing out is horseshit. It isn't licking a bloody tampon, it's laying an egg which is unfertilized. Many animals lay eggs. I'm quite sorry to say but you sir are just another one of the many sheep I interact with throughout my life, who believe that God made animals on four legs to be eaten by animals with two legs, who believe oil is never going to run out, and who believe whatever the government tells you.

ztevo (author)A good name2009-05-01

"What? You're joking right? I planted roughly a quarter of an acre of veggies in my backyard, without an animal casualty." Your rotary tiller, shovel or garden fork killed hundreds if not thousands of beatles, worms and larvae, what about the mice, moles and other small animals? their homes you destroyed, what about the snails, and slugs, YOU KILLED them, what about the ants, the moths and butterfly cocoons you cut to peaces. There are more animals below the surface then above it. "Anti-abortion groups don't take your money. Anti-abortion groups are normally organizations that use the money to hold rallies and stuff and keep websites up." If activists groups don't take your money were do they get it from? Are they printing the money in a back room? Do you really think that all the lawyers and activists both pro and anti any cause are working for free. Why do all of their websites have a "make a donation button" if they do not take your money. To find the truth follow the money.

A good name (author)ztevo2009-05-10

Tiller? You've got to be joking. I have a raised bed. It was previously lawn. Moles do not live under my lawn. Ha, I cut ants and moths to pieces? Yeah, I got out a knife and made sure they were dead. As for butterfly. >< Sigh. That was the point I made about the abortion groups. They use the money for things. They don't steal it for themselves. Shut the hell up and get the hell out, because you obviously have no idea what you're talking about.

ztevo (author)A good name2009-05-26

Quarter of an Acre of raised beds? that would be 10,890 square feet of garden space, at best you can buy top soil and compost for $1 per cubic foot it usually cost more than double that, you would have needed to purchase at least 5000 cubic feet to fill a quarter acre of raided beds. sure you have a 10,000.square raised bed, sure you do, so did your dad give you $5000 to buy dirt with or did you pay for it your self mowing lawns?

ztevo (author)A good name2009-05-01

"The egg thing you're pointing out is horseshit. It isn't licking a bloody tampon, it's laying an egg which is unfertilized. Many animals lay eggs." Come 7th grade in your health class you will learn that a period is an unfertilized egg being disposed of . If you are curious about that kind of stuff now you could ask your mom or a close relative to explain it to you.

A good name (author)ztevo2009-05-10

I'm in the eighth grade, nice try making yourself seem superior though.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2009-02-21

That was a bit abrupt, but I completely agree

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2009-02-21


OfficerKarl (author)A good name2009-02-22

I did write probably over 200 lines (including sources) of arguments that covered everyone of his points, and how he's wrong... but it wouldn't post it...

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2009-02-22

Hmmm... it doesn't matter, being wrong speaks for itself, now Karl, can we PLEASE, take this into private chat or something?

OfficerKarl (author)ztevo2009-02-21

Sorry for the delay. It says there's Invalid Formatting in the Comment, so it won't let me post it...

OfficerKarl (author)ztevo2009-02-21

please, no one say anything to this guy. I want to be the first to reply to this...

1. Please stop being so obnoxious. 2. I respect that some people don't eat meat for a variety of reasons so I would like it if you would offer the same courtesy to people who do eat meat and disagree with you. 3. Why do you discount termites right of the bat? Is there any reason that the life of a termite is any less valid than yours? All things die sooner or later so why do you insist that it is wrong to kill?

Plus, if any of you hadn't noticed, animals have been killing other animals for millions of years.

OfficerKarl (author)OfficerKarl2009-02-11

Man this was the dumbest comment I have ever made...

blakdragon19 (author)A good name2008-08-02

just because you wouldn't eat it doesn't make it not an animal. besides. survival of the fittest means the deaths of thousands of animals every day as prey. you are not mourning them. you are afraid of death, so you are trying to rationalize it by saying it is cruel to kill another animal.

OfficerKarl (author)blakdragon192008-08-03

Thanks for adding a rational comment to this argument. I was tired of responding to bullshit. Maybe he stopped arguing because he knew I was right...

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2008-07-13

I'm only going to say this one thing because I feel it would be unfair to have an intellectual stand-off with someone who thinks that inscts aren't animals! Look it up on Wikipedia:
Hmm... Waddaya know... The third animal in the picture is an insect DIPSHIT! I really didn't want an online argument to go that far, but you asked for it.

blakdragon19 (author)A good name2008-08-02

many types of monkeys eat meat, most importantly chimps.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2009-02-11

I apologize for all of the time I spent arguing with you, but there are some facts you have wrong. Dr. Explosion is right. Laying an egg is like the hen having a period. It just goes to waste. Unless, that is, a rooster fertilizes the egg, but in factory farms, there are no roosters. With that, the only reason you should avoid most eggs and egg products is because the way hens are treated.

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2009-02-11

Yeah I know. Since I made that post, I now eat eggs, but there's just something in the back of my head that makes me a little uncomfortable with eating eggs...

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2009-02-12

I don't like eating eggs too much myself, but I don't think I'll be able to go vegan until I get a place of my own... My ultimate plan though, is to find a place where chickens are raised humanely and get eggs there.

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2009-02-12

Yeah, I'm going to build a farm when I grow up and keep chickens for eggs... I just worry that I might have to snap one of their necks for the bird flu getting them... Anyways, this convo is over IMO. If you want to talk more about the issue, just message me.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2009-02-13

At least we agree now

The eggs people eat are not fertilized yet. They aren't unborn birds, they are just the potential to become birds. The chicken is just getting rid of it anyway, like having a period. Abortion is the killing of an already fertilized egg or fetus that WILL be a baby. I do respect your beliefs on eggs though.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2009-02-11

I'm a vegetarian too, and I'm just curious as to why you became a vegetarian and still are. Could you tell me? I did it for many reasons, mostly because:
1. Killing is immoral. We don't kill humans, why should we kill animals?
2. The meat industry is the number one cause of global warming. Even if you meat-eaters don't care that your eating another living creature, you're still killing the earth.
3. I'm helping end world hunger. The ratio of food fed to cows and the amount of meat produced is 7:1. That means that if every family in America replaced 4 oz of beef with 4 oz of tofu, one meal of every week, there would be 10 gallons of fresh drinking water for every person on this planet.
4. It's healthier. While many people with "standard" diets may be obese and have various health issues, only 7% of vegetarians are obese.
5. It's not that hard. Despite what people may think, based on the rewards and consequences, it's not much harder to live a guilt-free life.
6. It's much cooler. There are many celebrities and famous people that are vegetarian and even vegan. If you want the list go here:
7. It's different. 'nuff said...

Well, If you didn't hunt the animals, then there would be too many around the world. There is about 1 chicken to 1 human in the world, if we didn't hunt them, then there would be billions more, and more earth crowding.

We don't hunt chickens, they are bred to die, it is cruel but thats the way it is and my word wont change it.

We should only kill animals for food (and never be bred for food,) but only if we are starving without food, Survival of the fittest.

That's not necessarily true. If we didn't hunt them all the animals kept as livestock now would be living in the wild where they would find natural predators. Besides, as long as humans have a choice (which should be a while) many people will want to eat meat, so there will most likely always be animals kept as livestock.

I totally respect your choice, I couldn't last a second (cowardly me) as a veggie, but i'm happy some people had the will to go on with it. I like the idea of saving the planet and whatnot, so I hope you stay veggie forever man.

Making a change of lifestyle for any reason can always be hard, but like all changes it may take small steps and gradual change. Even if you don't go completely veggie, just cutting back on meat is a relatively simple change to make, and it's also the first step in completely dropping meat.

A good name (author)OfficerKarl2009-02-11

1: Yep. 2: No, that would be the auto industry. However if you factor everything in (IE, the cost of trucking the cows, etc, etc) then eventually, you'd end up with a similar margin. Although it is still a big polluter. 3: Didn't know that... 4: I'm actually pretty unhealthy for all the grains I eat. My problem is that I just eat too much to be honest :| 5: I don't know, I've been a "veggie" since I was 3. 6: :| Okay no comment. 7: Woooo :D Anti-conformity.

rocketkid (author)A good name2009-02-07

holy crud dude! if we didnt kill stuff to eat we'd never have even gotten to be cavemen. have you noticed, that alot of the really big, majestic, more popular animals, kill things to eat? if you are seriously that hard headed go try to learn how to photosynthesize and tell me how that works out.

A good name (author)rocketkid2009-02-08

But no, just stop now. I don't want to spam this person's instructable any longer. People have, and will likely continue to kill for a long, long time. I have no issue with that, since it's an issue I can't fight.

OfficerKarl (author)A good name2009-02-11

I think that if you are a vegetarian you should have a reason and wouldn't just do nothing. If you really do think it's immoral to kill then you would try to stop it. If it was ok for people to be killed at a high rate, wouldn't you try to stop it as well?

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