Deadfalls and Snares

I am fascinated by old books written by the pioneers, and every so often, I am lucky enough to find one that gives information that is useful for preparedness.  Today I found a book written in 1907 called “Deadfalls and Snares” by A R Harding.  It is a large book on how to set and build many different types of traps, deadfalls and snares.  In addition, the book covers various methods of skinning and taking care of the hides.

The book can be downloaded from the following site for free or purchased on Amazon for about $12.00.

This book is a good addition to your library and shows a lot of old method of making deadfalls that I have not encountered in the past.  Since this book was written in the early part of the last century, the information contained in this book comes from trappers who were actually still using deadfalls and snares on their trap lines.  Many of the methods discussed predate the easy availability of steel traps.


3 thoughts on “Deadfalls and Snares”

  1. Christopher de Vidal

    You’ll notice that many of these homemade snares/traps books have drawings and not pictures; Could it be that they don’t work well enough to warrant a picture?

    (Yes I realize this particular book is from 1907, but they did have cameras; and also I’m speaking in general.)

    What does that teach us? Don’t wait til the balloon goes up to find out that the deadfall you were going to depend upon requires weeks or months of practice. Maybe they do work, but you’ve got to practice, practice, practice.

    I’m working to improve my odds from day one; I will be practicing these homemade deadfalls but also I bought a book on using Conibear traps and wire snares from Bruce “Buckshot” Hemming, along with some snares and traps, and it was a good investment. Next is to practice 🙂

  2. If you want to feed yourself, long term, in the wild places, trapping is the most productive way to do it. However, 2 or 3 traps will not do. To or three DOZEN will do the job. Buckshot’s website is a good resource. So is the USRSOG “Green Book,” entitled “Six Ways In and Twelve Ways Out”. A dozen #10 Conibears, 20 Thompson snares, ten military speed hooks, 50 no.2 or larger treble hooks and 1000 ft. of 16 gage steel wire is a good start.

  3. Treble hooks rigged on stealth wire also great for perimeter security, very commonly used by gangs, with large enough hook set and shark line to stop infiltrators. Original use dates to CBI during WW2, using hook line as tension release trigger for IEDs rigged to treeburst to take out enemy patrols, 50-50 mix of WP and frag. But treble hooks on 550 cord will stop progress of intruders right now!

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