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Trapping is a rewarding activity that can improve your existing survival strategies by adding another sustainable food source. Although the tools used may vary based on the region and the materials you have on hand, the basic premises of trapping never change. Trapping isn’t difficult, but it is definitely a skill that takes practice to master.

If you plan to incorporate trapping into your existing survival plan, take some time to practice the techniques described in this guide before you actually need to depend on these skills to survive. You’ll learn valuable lessons while learning how to customize your traps for maximum effectiveness.

You will also learn how to read the environment for animal sign – a skill which is also useful when hunting.

If you would like to learn more about trapping, additional information is available by contacting your local Department of Fish & Game. In addition to providing information about trapping regulations in your area, many of these people will be more than happy to share details about what works and what doesn’t work in a specific geographical location.

Also, try reaching out to other trappers in the area as this is probably the single best resource for learning more about this essential survival skill.