This next design in my “How to Build a Snare Trap” series is a very simple design but also effective. The Tripwire Deadfall and the Tripwire Spear designs can also be used as a defensive technique, although they are a little simple, making it easy to spot from anyone looking around.
Although they can be used as a stepping off point to more complex designs that are much more effective as defensive traps, they are much more useful for hunting along a well used game trail.
Since my last post that included a descriptive photo was a great idea for sharing, I have decided to do the same on this one and include the explination on the photo AND in text.
The tripwire deadfall explanation:
1. Find a well used game trail that has a good chance of getting a hit.
2. Place pegs into a tree beside trail (as short as possible & still hold weight). You can use nails, wooden dowels that you made, or other materials. You just need to ensure that it will hold the dead weight of a large log.
3. Place stick deep into ground that will also hold weight once tripped. You want to place this stick opposite the tree, that is the other side of the trail.
4. Find large log or other blunt object. The instructions here are for a log, but there is nothing saying that you can’t alter the design for other objects.
5. Tie tripline (small and strong) from the stick in the ground, under and behind the trigger stick that you place under the pegs, around a branch, and on the log.
Suggestion: Get your lengths of rope figured out, tie both ends, and then pull tension by setting the trigger stick.
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