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The Wilderness Survivor, Issue #001 -- trapping
May 02, 2004
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Table of contents

- Editor's Notes
- Subscriber Feedback - deadfall trap
- Editors reply - Trapping
- The ancient mystery - more about trapping
- From trapping to eating bugs

Editor's Notes

Hello ,

I hope all is going well with you. Please, take a couple of minutes and read this issue of the Wilderness Survivor.

About a month ago I got an e-mail from Thomas L. Andrews, one of the subscribers to the Wilderness Survivor. Thomas made some good feedback about how to trap animals. Below you can read his e-mail.

Thanks to Thomas feedback, this newsletter is much about trapping.

Knowledge and preparation are necessary for safe travel in the wilderness. To be able to find food in the wilderness is a great skill. But plan your trip so you don't need to use that skill. Always assume that you will need extra food and water.

Enjoy your reading!

Have a safe and fun wilderness trip - Respect and protect the wilderness !

Subscriber Feedback - deadfall trap

I really have enjoyed your site this morning. Being born and raised up here in the Blue Ridge Mts. of NC we always had to pretty well use survival skills to eat and survive. We hunted and trapped constantly to put food on the table. When I think of traps (which I have used them all), the common deadfall always comes to mind first. I can remember when we couldn't afford steel traps and the deadfall was the greatest of them all. Depending on the bait used and size of the flat rocks we could target about anything. I still have approximately one hundred sets of triggers. These mts. have hundreds of old deadfall rocks that have been in use for over a hundred years some of which were first constructed by my grandfather, great grandfather, uncles, and neighbors. I was a professional trapper for most of my life until just the last few years and still swear by the old trusty deadfall. Thanks for the tour and your great website. It was enjoyed very much!

Thomas L. Andrews
Outdoor Adventures

P.S. One would always know who's deadfall it was when one stumbled upon them by the design of the triggers. Everyone had their own way of making triggers and the way the rocks were set up. They were like a calling card! If the deadfall was baited with part of an apple one knew they were after rabbits which were cut up into smaller portions to be used for skunks, 'possums, etc. so the fur stretchers could be filled up.

Editors reply - Trapping

Thanks, Thomas. I really appreciate your feedback and suggestions to add more good content to the Wilderness Survival Skills website.

The "trapping page" have been updated !
- Read about how to construct a deadfall trap.
- Learn more about tracking. Animal tracks are fascinating.
- New information about Trapping with snares.

Check it out:

The ancient mystery - more about trapping

More about trapping:

Archeologists conducting digs in Northwestern Utah found a sharpened peg unique to that area. An expert in primitive skills helped them unlocked the ancient mystery.

Do you want to know more ? Read the article “New understanding of an archeological find” at :

From trapping to eating bugs

Your most vital nutritional needs in an outdoor survival situation are protein and fat. Most insects are rich in both. Turn off your cultural bias against eating insects.

Edible bugs are delicious lifesavers!

Don't forget that wilderness survival skills and learning is a powerful and exhilarating experience.

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Your next wilderness adventure travel will give you even more enjoyment because of your greater knowledge.

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Written by Erik C. Falk


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