Making a Figure 4 Deadfall Trap - (Nuisance Squirrel = Dead Squirrel)





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This is me showing how to make a figure four deadfall trap...This is a great survival trap that can be easily constructed ( with practice ) out of very basic materials that in most environments can be easily found...The trap can also be made with very limited, or primative tools.

This trap is a very handy bushcraft skill that must be practiced...

In the event you get lost in the wilderness with no immediate rescue, this trap can provide a temporary food source by catching squirrel, catching chipmunk, catching mice, catching rats, catching small rodents, catching birds, and catching small animals, it is also a good trap for pest control.

I made the trap with only a small multi tool, a rock, and a small sapling...For bait I used a small amount of peanut butter... Chocolate, cheese, and even tooth paste can be used...I guess you can use what ever you can find when lost in the woods.

I set the trap behind a friends house because he was having problems with a pest red squirrel that was causing damage to his property...I recommend never setting any trap without knowing the laws.

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I made this video in Nova Scotia, Canada

The scientific name of the red squirrel is Tamiasciurus hudsonicus. The Latin word "Tamias" means "storer", and "sciurus" means "shadow of a tail". To the Ojibway Indians, the red squirrel is known as "Adjidaumo", meaning, "tail-in-the-air". This species is closely related to the western Douglas squirrel (T.douglasi), which derives its popular name, "chicaree", from its musical call.

About one-half the size of the grey squirrel, the red squirrel weighs about 155.5 to 342.1 g (5 to 11 oz.) and measures 25.5 to 38.1 cm (10 to 15 in.) from nose to tail. Both male and female have anal glands.
The sexes look alike and show seasonal colour variation. In summer, they are rusty red on the upper body and grey-white on the lower, and have a prominent black stripe along each side. The tail is a red colour on top and yellow-grey on the underside. In winter, the fur becomes paler and the black stripes disappear. There are two moults each year.

The female is usually ready for her first litter by the age of one year, and thereafter can produce two litters annually. Breeding occurs in late February or March and again in June or July. After mating, the males are antagonistic towards each other. The females keep them away from the litters.
After a gestation period of 36 to 40 days, from one to seven young are born. They are naked, and remain blind until about 27 days have passed. At about one month, they begin to venture from the nest, and are weaned shortly afterwards. The young disperse in late summer or early fall.

The red squirrel's principal habitat is the coniferous forest, although it can sometimes be found in deciduous forest. Nests are usually built of leaves and perched on branches close to the trunks of trees or within cavities in tree trunks.

Among the red squirrel's food sources are seeds of pine and spruce, nuts, mushrooms, meat, sap, young birds and birds' eggs, and a variety of berries. Food is cached, sometimes in quantities amounting to more than a bushel. Favourite feeding spots are habitually maintained.

Active by day and on moonlit nights, the red squirrel is a chatterer. It clucks, grunts, and calls out warnings, which help it maintain its territory. Except during the breeding season, it is a solitary creature that is very likely to fight interlopers. Its home range is usually less than 182 m (200 yds) in diameter.

The red squirrel is agile in the trees, and can jump outward 1.5 m (5 ft.) and upward .9 m (3 ft.) from a moving branch. It is also a good swimmer.

The population density varies according to the habitat and the season. There may be only one squirrel in an area of 8 ha (about 20 ac), or as many as 25 in 1 ha (2.5 ac).


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