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In these uncertain times it is imperative to be prepared to bug out on foot if need be. Your bug out bag contents could mean the difference between staying alive or not. We all know the basics one should have for survival; a knife (check our Arthos Fixed Blade Survival Knife review here), fire starter, means to make potable water and some sort of shelter. But there is one critical survival tool that few have in their bug out bags but absolutely should! That tool is having a couple of small game traps. We will go some of the best squirrel traps for preppers (which really can be used for most small game) that could mean the difference between starving or surviving.
Small vs Large Game
Were you aware that small game animals outnumber large game by over 100 to 1? Small animals are abundant in nature and catching them with a snap trap is easy and doesn’t take up valuable time (while in survival mode) like hunting with a rifle would.
Best Squirrel Traps for Preppers
There are three main types of traps, the cage trap, snare trap and the snap type trap. Cage traps are too cumbersome to travel with on foot and snare traps are not the most efficient way to catch a meal. Your best option is a baited snap type trap.
Snap traps are a proficient form of passive hunting and can be easily carried in a backpack and set up a short distance from your bug out camp. When you arrive at your chosen camp the snap traps can immediately be set up in seconds ready to catch you dinner. This gives you precious time to do other important tasks like water collection, building a fire and setting up a shelter.
Each snap trap is like having a full time hunter 24/7 that never tires and is quiet so as to not give your location away like hunting animals with a firearm would.
Trapping small game is a better means of survival food when bugging out than killing large game animals. Large game can’t be eaten in one sitting so need to be preserved. This is not feasible for most in a bug out situation.
What Type of Snap Trap to Use
So what type of small game snap trap should you use? There are a handful of options on the market.
Another option we have used is a modified Victor Professional Rat Trap. This type of modified trap is easy to use, fits in a backpack and are safer than most. With modification they can be used to kill squirrels, birds and other small game depending on the type of bait you use. It is not wise to use a unmodified rat trap. They are not sturdy or powerful enough to do the job right of trapping small game consistently without modification.
To see these unique looking modified snap traps and get the directions on how to make or buy them there are a ton of articles and videos on YouTube. Here is a particularly good ‘how to’ article for modifying rat traps for squirrels and a bonus ‘how to’ on softening, preserving and mounting the tail and a delicious looking fried squirrel recipe (I have yet to try it).
How to Set a Tree Set Trap for a Squirrel
Check out this great video on how to set a tree set trap for a squirrel which is perfect for keeping their bodies off the ground and away from other hungry critters.
This guest article was graciously submitted to us by Karianna.