A Human’s Guide to Surviving an Alien Invasion: #6 Setting an Effective Trap

When faced with the threat of alien invasion, whether in the form of little green men or acidic bacteria, it is the duty and responsibility of every man and woman to do their bit to keep the Human race alive. Your species depends on you! This set of guidelines has been collated by the British Government to help you survive should you find yourself stranded, without power, and staring into the face of danger. Any polite and sporting alien should provide ample opportunity for you to read the correct section in line with the Intergalactic Fair Invasion Treaty (2012), before attacking you. Good luck.

Setting an Effective Trap.

One of the most important elements of survival is the ability to catch your own food. Learning to set a few simple, yet effective traps will ensure that you have enough to eat, at all times. Two of these are:

Figure 4 Deadfall

There are several different types of deadfall traps, including the figure 4. These traps use wood or stones to squash their prey, which are normally attracted using bait. They work best when set up alongside trails or outside burrows, where a small animal can easily release the trigger.

The figure 4 deadfall requires three basic items to construct:

  • The Deadfall Weight – A rock with a square edge that allows it to sit stably on the ground, will work best as the weight.
  • Three Sticks – These should be straight and roughly the same diameter and length. Deadfalls are normally made with sticks that are finger thick and about a foot long.
  • Bait

Step 1: Carve a flat point, similar to the one on a screwdriver, at the end of one stick. This will become the trap’s vertical post.

Step 2: On the second stick, carve another screwdriver point at one end and a notch near the other. This stick will be used as the diagonal line, in the ‘4.’

Step 3: A notch should be carved at one end of the third stick and a point, to secure the bait, at the other.

Step 4: Lay out the sticks in the shape of the number 4. Square up the vertical post and cut a notch on the horizontal bait stick so that it catches the square edge previously carved on the post.

Step 5: Attach the sticks using the notches. They should be sturdy enough to hold up the rock. This may take some practice, and the notches may have to be re-carved before they will fit into each other.

Step 6: Bait and set the trap.

Ojibwa Bird Pole

Birds are much easier to catch than mammals, and should be one of a new hunter’s first targets. The ojibwa bird pole can be set in a large clearing, where it will appear as a natural landing place to the birds.

Step 1: Find a pole approximately 6 feet in length and sharpen both ends. Drill a small hole at one end, and drive the other securely into the ground.

Step 2: Cut another stick roughly the same length that will fit through the hole in the top of the other. After this, tie a rock to a thin cord, which should also be passed through the hole in the pole. Use the cord to make a slip noose, which is then draped over the perch.

Step 3: Tie an overhand knot in the cord behind the slip noose, and place the stick against the hole. The tension will hold it in place, and the trap is now complete.

When a bird alights on the pole, the stick will be displaced, causing the rock to fall. The bird’s feet will then be caught in the loop, as it slides quickly through the hole.

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