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Figure 4 deadfall trap

My Dirt Time This is a figure 4 deadfall trap for small animals that I made and it actually worked. Not that I killed anything. It worked to hold the log up and when I hit the bait stick, it fell quickly. I think that with all that I learned, if I kept my head straight, I would not starve in the wilderness.

The figure 4 is a trigger used to drop a weight onto a prey and crush it. The type of weight used may vary, but it should be heavy enough to kill or incapacitate the prey immediately. Construct the figure 4 using three notched sticks. These notches hold the sticks together in a figure 4 pattern when under tension. Practice making this trigger before-hand; it requires close tolerances and precise angles in its construction.

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