Bird Traps for Survival

Bird Traps for Survival
Birds have a natural defense system and some species run at the sound of people or a gunshot. Those who attempt to hunt these birds may find that the birds simply hide in the woods at the sound of a gun, which necessitates the use of a trap. If you're lost in the woods, you may want to use bird traps for survival, as a way of catching food for the day.

Wire Cages

Wire cages are the most basic type of bird traps and the most common. When you begin searching for these traps, you'll notice that the boxes are also easy to use. The basic trap looks like a wire cage, with two entrances on either side. The cover of the entrances slide down when the bird steps inside, which let you quickly trap the animal inside.

Wood Traps

Wood traps work the same as wire cage models but are usually heavier. However, you may also find that the wood traps are less expensive than the wire cages because these cost less to produce. You can find traps in this style that have one door or two doors, and some have a larger opening for catching bigger birds. You slide down the trap doors once the bird steps into the trap.

Rope Traps

Rope traps are designed for larger animals but work as a bird trap in survival situations, especially if the bird walks around the ground surrounding trees. These take the form of a noose and slip into the tree when it remains hidden. When the bird steps on the rope dangling from the tree, it automatically tightens around the bird's foot and moves upward, trapping the bird inside.


No matter what type of bird trap you pick, concealment should be your top priority. If the bird spots the trap, there's a good chance that it will fly away quickly before even approaching it. With rope traps, you simply hide the rope in the debris beneath the tree. With box style traps, you'll want to be a little sneakier and position the trap inside bushes or another place where it won't be spotted.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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