Trap for Your Life - Article 1 - The Squirrel Snare

December 29, 2015:
The Squirrel Snare,
By Blake Alma

Thousands and thousands of people have been lost in wilderness with no way of surviving. Many do
get lost while camping and hiking. Many have gotten lost from a car breaking down in the middle of nowhere, for there is no cell phone service. Shoot, you might even end up being stuck like Castaway. Whatever the matter of being stuck in the wild may be, can you survive? Can you get food, water, or shelter? How will you get food, when you do not know how to and you do not have the proper resources? How can you survive without food or water? YOU CANNOT LAST LONG! Henceforth, you must know the basics of survival, in case these thing ever happen.

Survival Kit:
Having a survival kit is very safe way to prepare for anything. The kit is about the size of your phone, and can literally save your life. You will need an Altoids box, a mini utility knife, some matches, some bandages, a mini compass, a couple small antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) packets, a pencil, and 10 feet of 24 gauge floral wire. Another very helpful item I carry in my kit is the UST Survival Card (https://www.ustbrands.com/product/survival-card-tool). This very thin card includes: a mini phillips head screwdriver, a small flat head screwdriver, an attachment loop, a magnifying glass, a 8-sided bolt head wrench, a position wrench (4 sizes), a butterfly wrench, a large flat head screwdriver, a bottle opener, a file edge, a knife edge, a can opener, a 2” (5cm) ruler, and a mini compass. It is also very cheap, for it cost only seven dollars. It can also fit in your kit with all the other supplies. I would recommend having this card in your survival kit. First, you need to break the pencil in half and role the wire around it. Then take all your supplies and place them within the Altoids box.
I trust that you have made a nice little survival kit. It is not only handy in a survival situation, but when a problem comes to hand. You might give yourself a cut and you need a bandage. You also might need to cut through something. So what do you do? You pull out your survival kit. Very helpful! If you haven’t made one yet, you might want to make one now.


Altoids Box


Survival Card

Now that you got your survival kit, you might wonder, “Why do I have wire? What good will that do me?” One might question himself. The wire is for making traps. What kind of trap? An animal trap
called a snare. The snare is a trap constructed from cord, wire, string, line, or cable. The animal enters the snare and the noose (loop) tightens arounds its body or neck. Snares can be homemade very easily or purchased online. The wire you have in your kit is quite thin, making only good for rabbits and squirrels. Yes, squirrels. You can eat squirrels, they are quite good. That is if you like chicken. They are full of vitamins too, which will save you in a survival situation. However, if you do not know how to make a snare, what good will the wire do for you? Not much. So why not take few minutes to learn how to make a trap for your life. A few minutes could save you many years.

The Squirrel’s Ramp of Snares:

Note: There are laws regarding trapping.

Steps:
1. Using your knife, cut about 15 to 20 inches of wire. Grab your pencil and the wire. Loop the wire around the pencil twice. Twisty tie the loop, using the pencil. Pull the pencil out.



2. Put the other end of the wire through the loop, and make that loop 2 ½ inches in diameter (which is the size of your fist).






3. Grab your large stick or log and attach the snare onto it by wrapping the extra length of the wire to the stick. Then twisty tie the rest back around it. It should look like the picture back in step 2.

4. Attach several snares to the stick/log to catch more than one squirrel. Now you need to test the snare and see how and if it works. Make your hand as if you are putting on a mitten and slide your hand through the snare. Your thumb should be pointing down and the snare should tighten around your hand. Set the stick on a tree where squirrels often climb on.





5. Now if you stuck in the woods with no food, you don't have bait! Duh! So you hafta rely that the squirrel travels on the tree that you set the ramp on. However, if you are testing the snare or practicing, use crunchy peanut butter to bait it. Do not place bait on the snare but behind it. Now you are ready to trap squirrels!


Squirrel in Snare
      
I know trust you feel more confident about surviving in a wilderness incidence. In my next article I will show you how to construct the basic snare.

Photos Cited:
http://www.wilderness-survival.net, Squirrel snare photo
The Art of an Outdoorsman - www.artofanoutdoorsman.com, all other photos