Into The Primitive: Advanced Trapping Techniques has lot’s of good information, information not found in other books, however, the section on Path Guards and Alarms is most impressive.
To me the title of the book is somewhat misleading. Seeing a title such as ”Into The Primitive” and you automatically invasion a guy living in the woods eating grubs and pine bark. But the book is more than that.
The techniques illustrated in the book would be useful to a survivor in a number of survival situations, even those in the city. For example, the hollow log trap can be set at the bottom of a lake or reservoir – out of sight from anyone passing, while allowing the trapper to pull food from the water. Ditto, the crawfish trap made from a tin can and string.
Another trap and one that’s been around for years is the “cone trap”. Basically the cone trap is a cylinder made of wire mesh, three to four feet long and two feet across, with a wire funnel leading into one end and the other covered. Fish swim in but can’t swim out. Simple, effective and easily hidden.
Martin’s section on large animal snares, (deer, elk etc.) and homemade box traps is an excellent resource. Both are easy to assemble from scrounged materials and success is almost guaranteed even for a novice trapper.
Into The Primitive also covers several small game snares and net traps. Most of these are triggered by a peg and nail type release – when released the animal is pulled off the ground and out of reach of most four-legged predators.
Many times, I’ve caught rabbits in deadfalls, only to find an half eaten carcass, when I check the trap. Twitch up snares and box traps help eliminate this – but there are no guarantees.
Into The Primitive shines above other books of the type with the inclusion of improvised mantraping devices. Yes, you read that correctly the first time – mantraping devices.
The author states in the opening “There may come a time when being able to gather food and secure drinkable water may not be enough to enable you to stay alive. You may have to prevent armed men from entering your territory or, at least, slow them down.
I’ve read Ragnar Benson’s books on mantrapping and while both books are good, the traps illustrated are, for the most part difficult to build, and require a lot of time and work to set in place. This isn’t the case with “Into The Primitive”. Most of the traps shown can be set-up by a lone survivor in less than an hour.
A few of the traps included in this section are; punji traps, bow-and-arrow trap, the stabber, foot snare, fishhook snare, fishhook nightmare, log jerk, weight slam, hot-foot, tin-can snare, shotgun-shell alarm and mousetrap shooter.
It should be noted that these traps can cause death or injury and should only be used in a true survival situation when your life is in danger.
Martin has two books listed in the Paladin catalog, “Trapper’s Bible: Traps, Snares & Pathguards” and “Into The Primitive: Advance Trapping Techniques” – If you buy “Into The Primitive” I suggest you skip ”The Trappers Bible” altogether. Most of “The Trappers Bible” is repeated in the pages of “Into The Primitive”.
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