Harvesting wild game for the stew-pot is excellent long-term survival strategy as long as you don’t plan to live off of harvested wild game exclusively. Wild game should be considered as only one link, in your food resupply chain, and not as the whole chain.
You must have variable and independent sources of resupply, lined up and ready to go. I’ve seen too many preppers, who plan to rely 100% on their stored foods. They have no resupply chain, and if the crisis lasts longer than their food stockpile, then they are out of luck.
Plus your stockpile can be looted, burnt, blown away or destroyed a hundred other ways, so please don’t put all of your eggs in one basket, so to speak. Plan on losing your main supply, and make plans that will allow you to keep on feeding your family, regardless of how empty your storage shelves become.
But I digress, from the intended subject of this section, and that is suggested tools and traps that you’ll need when foraging for wild game.
To start you’ll need to learn how to trap and use the following trap, and related suggestions to their full effectiveness. To help you with this I can suggest a couple of books, but you’ll still need to get off of your rear-end and actually, go outside and do it. You’ll need to practice, practice and then practice some more, because most animals are smarter than the average human when it comes to trying to trap them.
Books that you should have include:
- The New Buckshot’s Complete Survival Trapping Guide
- Survival Poaching
- The Modern Hunter-Gatherer: A Practical Guide to Living off The Land
There are other good how-to-do-it trapping books available, but the three above are my top recommendations. Just don’t think that you’re an expert or proficient trapper just because you read a book, you’re not. You have to get outside and DO IT!
As for trap and gear recommendations, I suggest that you lay in a good supply of small game snares, you can make your own snares, but I’ve found that it’s just as cost effective to order them pre-made in bulk, than to make your own, especially when you consider your time.
The Dakotaline Rabbit Snares that are linked to above are the perfect size and weight for trapping small game like rabbit, squirrel, and pheasant. Larger game can also be taken (easily I might add) with snares, but you’ll have to make your own, heavy-weight snares for this (disclaimer: check and follow game laws… yadda, yadda, yadda), full details are given on the pages of the book Survival Poaching, that I linked to above.
My next trap recommendation is the 110 Single Spring Body Trap, these are perfect for rabbit and squirrel sized game, and can be set without a setting tool by most people. When setting these traps, it’s a good idea to use a Safety Grip Tool, for your safety.
These traps work by snapping shut hard enough to kill the animal with a blow to the neck, and have enough power to break your hand if it’s accidentally triggered while you’re setting the trap if your hand is caught.