Trapping with Paracord

By Mark Cartier

Finding sources of sustenance isn’t always as easy as paying for it. It’s often a fatal scenario when people find this out the hard way. One of the unfortunate side effects of a modern and privileged society is complacency; complacency induced by convenience.Starving to death is one of the most excruciating ways to expire, taking four to six weeks depending on the environment. It is advisable to mitigate this as a possibility by any means necessary, and speaking of means…


Small game and critter snares can easily be made using the small braided strands from the interior of the paracord. The benefit of employing these traps is their simplicity; quick to deploy and easy to make.


When you use this method, never depend on one trap to be successful. Trapping is a numbers game. Set as many as you can, if one trap out of 20 is a success, you are eating that day. Using as little cord as required will save you valuable resources and ensure the animal has very little room to travel. The shorter the length of cord the less of a chance for it to break.

1. First tie a noose to one end of the cord. (See photo below for instructions on tying a simple noose knot).

2. Loop the other end through the noose and tie the end to a tree near a game trail about waist high.

3. Shove a stick into the ground angling a foot or two (depending on the size of your target animal) over the trail.

4. Hang the noose from the stick at about where the animals head will be. Make sure to leave the noose loose enough to go around the animals head and then tighten at the base of the neck and shoulders.


This trap is more difficult, time-consuming, and labor intensive. I recommend setting several ground snares before you take the time to make this trap. Done correctly, this trap is a much better method of catching a four-legged meal, as it snatches it off the ground and into the air. This method has been effective against game as large as deer. This trap involves setting a trigger. There are many methods of setting triggers, we are going to use one for the purposes of this exercise.


1. Pull a branch down toward the ground to create as much tension as you are able to put on the trigger.

2. Set the trigger’s notch and groove with as little toothing them together as possible to make the trap immediately responsive to the slightest stimulus.

3. As with the ground method, set the snare at the animal’s head height so it catches at its shoulder/neck area before the trigger releases and the snare snaps tight.


Luring animals to your traps will always be the preferred method. If you are lucky enough to be with your kit or bug out bag, I suggest having MRE peanut butter as part of your packing list. Not only is it an excellent protein source, the scent of the oils carries a great distance and is very enticing to ground squirrels and other small herbivores.

Being prepared in case of emergencies or worldwide catastrophic events is the goal of every prepper, survivalist or any other person concerned with protecting those they love. It seems reasonable to practice survival skills: JUST IN CASE.

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