Survival Tip: 3 Primitive Deadfall Traps For Your Survival Toolkit

  • Posted on: 21 October 2016
  • By: Jim jones
squirrel on a log

In a long-term survival situation, you are going to have to depend on the land to survive. The biggest challenge you will face is finding and procuring enough food to provide the calories you need to ensure your survival.

To maintain enough energy and wherewithal to overcome your situation, you’re going to have to find foods high in fat and protein; that means you’re going to need a way to acquire meat.

While hunting will certainly be one of your main activities in a long-term survival scenario, it also burns up valuable calories, something that you simply cannot afford to lose.

To limit the need to constantly hunt for your next meal, as well as increasing your chances of procuring food, you need to know how to employ a basic and reliable hunting trap.

There are many variations on primitive trap configurations. But the end goal is the same, to crush or suffocate an animal for the betterment of one's own physical state.

Which trap you resonate with the best will come from practice and trial and error. But the following are three traps that are fairly simple in design and will passively increase your chances of procuring food.

NOTE: Trapping is strictly regulated in most places. So research your local laws and only use these traps in a survival situation or when they are expressly allowed by law. Check your traps regularly and do not leave traps accessible to small children or household pets.

The Split Stick Deadfall:

Made from 2 components, A single support stick, split in the center to make a hinge and a bait stick.

The Paiute Deadfall:

The Paiute Deadfall trap has a hair trigger. Made from a simple support stick and a bait stick. Wedged the bait stick between a rock or log to create tension on the support sticks trigger mechanism. 

The Figure Four Deadfall:

Named after its appearance to the number Four. This trap is the most difficult to employ with many interconnected components.


These traps are not very complicated to implement once you get familiar with make the components and setting them up. Practice these skills often but remember to follow local laws when setting traps. And never leave them set for more then 48 hours without checking them.

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