We just built a large survival trapping course at our headquarters in Arkansas. It has well over 30 survival traps in a golf course style setup and we wanted to show off all the traps and teach yah a few things about survival trapping. This is the first series in our Survival Trappers Bible and in this blog we are going to cover a lot on survival trapping basics.

The paiute deadfall is by far and away one of the most useful survival traps. The trigger is sensitive and its very scalable in size. Meaning that you can trap small rats and game all the way up to raccoon in size. The trigger can be used for rock or wood deadfalls. It can be set for almost any type of game within the sizes mentioned. It can be used anywhere in the world and the pauite deadfall is one our first go to traps under most survival conditions.

When using any primitive trap trigger, you want to be able to produce them quickly and effectively. Instructors can build these at a pace of about 10 per hour for carving the triggers. That is a good number to shoot for. Primitive trapping is a numbers game so your going to want out dozens of them. Primitive trapping isn’t near as efficient as effective as modern trapping, so you have to use a lot more traps in order to produce the same odds. The primitive traps will only have about a 5% return and the modern traps will have a 25% return on meat for the number of traps used. For most areas, and dependent on game type, your going to want to put out between 30-50 paiute deadfalls in order to assure that you attain a reasonable amount of success. These traps should be placed in a manner that is easy for you to check. Usually in a large circle route around your camp. You don’t want to be walking several miles when surviving off the land. Unless you have animal transport like a horse. If you have to walk, then put your camp in an area with a good amount of food and resources.

When placing the traps you want to make sure to pay attention to the animals shelter areas and their food sources. You usually want to place deadfall traps of this type in the transition area between shelter and food. That means hit them on the way from their house to the grocery store.


When setting the paiute deadfall, make sure to never place your hands under the deadfall. You need your hands for survival and you can’t risk getting hurt just for food. Use the top bar as your level to manipulate the deadfall. Also never forget to use funneling with this trap. We explain funneling better in the survival trapper bible videos below.

Bait is important when trapping and can make the difference in success or failure. I personally always carry peanut butter in my survival kit for calories and for bait. Almost every animal loves peanut butter! IF you don’t have a carried bait source with you, then you look at the animals habitat pay attention to all the food sources for the animal your trying to trap. Pick a bait that is choice and isn’t easy for the animal to get in the local area. For example, fruits that are in a tree, you could use that as bait for ground dwelling animals.

This video below explains everything you need to know about the Pauite Deadfall and all its variations. This is our number one most important survival trap trigger for bushcrafting. The Survival Trappers Bible will be a guide to all things survival trapping, so make sure to check the website and youtube channel for updates on the series.

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