Trapping pits

by Bosse
(Sweden)

Trapping pit

Trapping pit

I am a wilderness hiker from the north part of Sweden. This is no useful wilderness survival tip but nevertheless an interesting fact how people survived in the past.

If you hike the wilderness of the northern Sweden, you probably sooner or later will see a pit, as you can see on the above photo. It is an old trapping pit. These pits were primarily intended for trapping moose or in some mountainous regions also wild reindeer. More then 20 000 of these hunting-pits are known in Sweden. However, trapping pits have been used in many parts of the world since the Stone Age.

A trapping pit can measure up to 4 x 6 m and be up to several meters deep. The depth made it impossible for the animal to escape once it had fallen in. The pits were camouflaged with branches and leaves.




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Trapping Pits
by: PeterK

I love travelling along beautiful and wild places like mountains and lakes. There is no hard and fast rule of being completely safe from trapping pits. The only thing you can do is to stay conscious and be very careful during hiking. I admit that I have learned many things about travelling from your blog. Keep up the good work. Thanks.

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by: Ferous

In olden times, people were used many techniques to escape from the wild animals. This is one of those techniques that people had used. But I have to say that those are very efficient techniques to trap the wild animals than the new techniques that have been using.

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Location of the pits
by: Larry

The pits were placed along known "runs", where they were most likely to be encountered by the animals to be trapped.

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Simple The KISS principle
by: Anonymous

Simple but like all effective traps etc, very effective. Proboly one of the oldest type traps next to driving them off a cliff?

Well as we say in the military K.I.S.S keep it simple & stupid getting too fancy may look nice but in the end impresses no one, least of all the "Dumb" animal in the bush laughing it's a** off at you, unless you plan to let them die of laughter...

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History
by: Jim

Thanks for taking the time to share this information. History is definitely one of the best sources of information.



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