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Basic survival skills

using a box to catch dinnerWe've been thinking animal traps would be a good starting point for the possible homesteading intern project we might be doing in the summer of 2012.

Once the traps are in place it will only take a matter of minutes to check on them.

I'm guessing there may be enough rabbits to feed a small army while the first group begins to carve out a homestead.

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Comment by mark Wed Dec 21 16:07:10 2011
Have you considered snares as well? They're smaller, cheaper and easier to store away or carry in a bug out bag. No idea if they're legal to use in your state in a non-emergency.
Comment by Heath Thu Dec 22 10:19:47 2011
I know very little about snares --- just what I've seen on Survivorman back when we still watched Netflix. :-) I suspect they might be less safe with pets?
Comment by anna Thu Dec 22 17:43:39 2011

Studies have been done by many of the states regarding domestic dogs and snares. Dogs, especially those broke to the leash and a collar simply sit down after being caught and are alive and well when you arrive. A snare set for a coyote will typically be too high for a cat; it will walk under the snare and never be caught. Same thing for a snare set for raccoons and dogs.

If you're worried about pets they make a relaxing locking mechanism that will relax as soon as the animal stops struggling. Many states such (I think Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin .. off the top of my head) only allow these relaxing locked snares, they're called cable restraints, to be used. They release domestic animals unharmed frequently.

The veteran snareman is able to set their snares to target a specific species and not harm others.

Comment by Heath Fri Dec 23 10:48:23 2011
If I was more desperate, those techniques would probably sound pretty good. But right now, I'd rather shoot a deer than risk that our ultra-skittish cat would figure out to stop struggling in a snare....
Comment by anna Fri Dec 23 18:07:38 2011

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