Easy Squirrel Trap




This is a very good trap for catching squirrels to eat in a survival situation. It is very simple and uses only 1 material not found in the out of doors.

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Step 1: Make It!

This is really a simple trap once you know what it looks like. All you need is wire (I use dark green military wire, to help it blend in) and a longish, straight log. The hardest part is figuring out where to place it. Observe the area you're in, and see which trees squirrels are living in and/or using. Then, simply lay the log (with nooses already in place) at about a 30-45 degree angle to the tree. Squirrels are lazy creatures, a will gladly use this shortcut. They are also curious and stupid creatures, and will try to run through the loops. Once their neck is in, they will jump off to get away and hang themselves. The biggest thing to worry about is to try to avoid getting your scent on the log. To translate, wear gloves!

Good Hunting!

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    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I haven't had an opportunity to try it yet. I was going to make one to catch the squirrels going into my mom's house, but its a lot easier to shoot 'em with a pellet gun.
    One of my friends has made several, and sets them up occasionally in his woods. As long as he keeps switching locations, he gets a fairly steady supply of squirrels to stew or smoke and store for later.

    Shooting them with a pellet gun is the best way to kill squirrels! Trapping/Snaring is just a great way to get them. "A trap is as someone else hunting for you when you can't, it is truly your best hunting buddy!" ~ Blake Alma, foudner of The Art of an Outdoorsman.

    I borrowed a gun from someone, but the sights were screwed up, and by the time I got it sighted in correctly, the squirrels know the sound of the door, and run away when they hear it. But thanks

    If they are in your house, we would recommend buying some rat traps and then make it unto a sick squirrel trap: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-turn-a-Rat-Trap-to-a-Sick-Squirrel-Trap/. These are amazing! Great for outdoor and indoor uses! Use crunch peanut butter for bait. Fell free to PM me if you need more help! :)


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Well, I would recommend rubbing your gloves with dirt or leaves before starting. Sorry, I should have added that.


    5 years ago

    You need to say how to bait the snare. Good job!

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    Reply 5 years ago

    Actually, this trap doesn't need to be baited. Squirrels are stupid, and they will simply stick their necks through the loops out of curiosity. Once they feel the noose tighten, they instinctively leap off the branch, hanging themselves. I suppose you could bait it with peanut butter on the branch if you wanted to, but you don't have to.

    - Leer42