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How To Make A Windlass Animal Trap For Prepping And Survival



Food Procurement For Survival
How To Make A
Windlass Animal Trap For Prepping And Survival

It is illegal to hunt with this sort of trap in the UK. DO NOT DO IT.
I only practice my skills at setting up various types, and then fully dismantle the trap, leaving no trace.

Prepping is all about survival, and survival in the wilds mean learning bushcraft skills to keep you alive.
* Although you cannot leave a trap like this unattended, or hunt animals using this type of trap here in the UK, you can still practice the making and setup of traps. 
* On private land where there is a vermin problem (normally farms) it may be possible to get a permission to rid vermin from certain areas.

Trapping For Food

One of the top priorities for survival in a bugout situation is going to be food procurement, and you need to know as many ways to get a meal on your table as possible. This is essential to all us preppers.

As with all types of hunting animals for food, there are a few fundamentals that must be followed even before you can consider setting an animal trap and catching your dinner.

In my opinion you either get animals that are real smart or just plain stupid! Not much else in-between.
To some extent, the stupid ones are fish and rabbits, with fish spending most of the time looking for food and latching onto just about anything that moves underwater, and rabbits.
Rabbits are real daft and will quite happily sit up, nice and still and pretty much let you shoot them!

But even these daft animals can sense a predator, and especially a human predator.  
So precautions have to be made when it comes to making, handling and setting traps.
You must ensure as little as posible of your human scent gets onto the trapping materials, and the surrounding area where you place the trap.
This is an art in itself, and leaving no scent of a human and leaving no trace that you have even been there is very difficult to achieve.

Location Of Traps And Snares

Good positioning of snares and traps will greatly increase your chances of catching dinner, and by looking for animal highways and short cuts, you can build up an idea of the day to day route that animal takes whilst out looking for food.

Remember, most of an animals time is concentrated around looking for food, and generally they will take whatever opportunity to get some if it presents itself to them.

So your job is to find their most popular, active route and provide them with an incentive to check out the food (bait) you have conveniently left for them, and hopefully they will oblige and walk straight into your trap.

Making A Killer Blow

As with all types of animal hunting for food, we aim for a very quick, clean kill that’s fast, instant and as humane as possible, and the windlass trap is one of those fast methods if the entry into the trap, and trap itself are set out correctly.

If an animal is not dispatched fast, it will struggle and panic. This panic reaction is similar to human response which cause a massive amount of adrenaline and hormones to be released into the animals body.
This goes straight to the muscle to aid escape – the muscle meat is exactly what we want as our food, and these huge amounts of adrenaline can easily taint the meat, giving a very unpleasant flavour.

How To Make A
Windless Animal Trap
For Prepping And Survival

Even a small windlass trap can impart tremendous energy and force at a high speed, directed to an exact kill point within the trap if set and tested properly.
Dispatching the animal by ‘blunt force trauma’, the mechanism will release a ‘hammer’ type blow killing the game instantly.

Below Are The Principles Of A Windlass Animal Trap

Once you have decided on a good area to set the trap you have two options:
1/ Use two flexible saplings and set the trap between them
2/ Set two posts deep in the ground 

1/  Between Two Trees

Here you can see that I use two solid trees to bind my cordage around.
These have to have flex in them, so therefore saplings make a hood choice as they will ‘give’ with the force when you wind the windlass up in tension.

2/  Between Two Posts

Using tow posts means you can set the trap where you want it along a trail.

The posts need to be thick enough and strong enough to take the tension and give a little, but also a bracing bar is fixed to the bottom to stop any movement at ground level.
The bracing bar should have a notch each end to ensure it doesn’t slip out.

From this point on the setting up principles are the same:

Setting The Batton

Wind your cord around the two posts several times and tie off.
This doesn’t need to be tight.

Position the batton in between and the posts and twist around the cord until your happy with the tension, then wind back one turn and put a safety rod across to stop accidental triggering.

Form The Basic Trigger Mechanism

There are several different types of trigger that can be used for this trap, but I prefer this type shown here.

Bait up the trigger at this point.
Setting this triggers requires a few attempts and practice to get right.!

Finish Position For The Windlass Trap

This is the final set position for the windlass animal trap.

In order to prevent the animal approaching for any direction, it is important to guide the animal toward the front of the trigger in order to ensure a clean kill.

Final set up.

With the trap and guide path in place the animal can only approach from one direction and will take the bait head on.

This will give a blunt force hit directly to the head or neck area resulting in an instant kill.

A Scaleable Animal Trap

The windlass is completely able to be scaled up or down depending on the size of animal you are hunting. As the animal reaches forward with its mouth in order to eat the bait, it will be in the perfect position for a direct hit from the batton.

The bait should be set just above the animals head height to get the trigger to activate correctly.

Steve Hart UK Prepper

Trapping is a bushcraft art in itself, and takes years to perfect, but as preppers it is well worth trying to learn these skills, and go out and practice them in the woods.
In a SHTF situation they could be one of your only ways to procure food.
When you practice your trap making:  ALWAYS DISMANTLE THEM and leave no trace when you have finished.

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Martial Arts Systems For Devastating Self-Defense



Self-defense is always a hot topic in the survivalist and prepper community and with good reason – you don’t have to be in an “end of the world” type scenario for self-defense techniques to pay off. 

It can happen to anyone: walking alone or even with your family and you take the wrong turn. Or maybe it’s the right turn, just at the wrong time. In any event, the point is that even the most gentle, well-meaning people have found themselves on the wrong end of a raging psychopath, a deranged crack addict or someone just looking for trouble. 

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When that happens, you might not be able to get to your everyday carry weapon. Even if you can eventually get to a concealed firearm or other weapon, you might have to fight your way to get it – what are you going to do if your attacker pins your strong arm (or even both of them) against your body in a bear hug?

This is why it’s so important to know something in the way of hand-to-hand self-defense combat. Your life and your family’s might just depend on it. 

What Works And What’s Bullshido?

You can go to a self-defense course on just about every street corner these days. The issue is that all of these are not created equally. 

Take for example, kung fu. It’s a fascinating art and a beautiful one with a long, rich history and exotic traditions. However, in a real-life street fight it’s probably going to have you counting the street lamps from your back and your teeth after you manage to get up.

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Brazilian ju-jitsu and mixed martial arts gyms are incredibly popular these days, but as much as their proponents like to boast about how “combat tested” they are, this is simply not the case. Federal agencies have increasingly ceased relying upon them to train their undercover agents, because they’re just not up to snuff for a real-life street fight, mostly because they’re far too complicated for people to remember when push comes to shove – literally. 

So what can you count on in a real-life street fight?

The Deadly Art Of Kicking Butt

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If you’re already taking a martial art it’s not absolutely necessary that you switch from whatever you’re doing to something else more “battle tested.” In fact, what you know is certainly better than nothing, especially if you’re an experienced hand at the art. 

However, you might want to consider dropping into a seminar or three for the purpose of learning some very direct, effective and brutal tactics that you can deploy in a real-life street fight. 

There are three martial arts that are very good places to begin your hunt for these battle hardened tactics. We’re certainly not endorsing every martial arts school that teaches these, but, as a rule, these are the kinds of places that are going to be more oriented toward what works on the street than what works in the ring.

  • American Kenpo: This is what Elvis took and it’s a really interesting art that flies under the radar. American kenpo has always been about devastating strikes, crippling joint locks and fight ending chokes. “Kenpo 5.0,” an offshoot of American kenpo integrates the techniques from modern grappling arts that work on the streets, while ditching the rest. 
  • Jeet Kune Do: Bruce Lee fashioned his own martial art on the principle that students should do what works for them and not waste their time learning anything else. It’s specifically designed for street combat with a hard stance against sport competition, which practitioners see as watering down the art. JKD studios vary widely from one place to another. 
  • Krav Maga: This was developed by the Israeli Defense Forces to train recruits in brutally effective fighting tactics as quickly as possible. It’s primarily based on striking techniques, but it also involves a heavy dose of learning how to take deadly weapons away from people. To get a black belt you have to fly to Israel and disarm a soldier of his bayoneted combat rifle. Fun!

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Before you sign up, make sure to at least watch a class, though it’s very common for martial arts schools to allow people to take a single class for free. If you don’t feel that you’re welcome or the instruction simply isn’t your style, keep looking. Like we said at the very beginning, there are tons and tons of martial arts schools around for you to choose from. 

Remember that what works in the ring isn’t necessarily (and probably won’t) work in the street. So if you’re committed to learning self-defense, make sure that you pick something that’s designed for combat. If you’re already learning something that’s designed for sport, consider augmenting your studies. Because you never know when violence is going to come knocking on your doorstep. 

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Surviving the Unthinkable: 5 Lifesaving Items for When SHTF



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In the world of survival and preparedness, planning for the worst is a must. When SHTF, having these critical items will prepare you to survive and defend yourself when societal norms collapse. It will be you against the world in the wilderness. Check out this quick video from Calculated Survival that gives you 5 items to help you survive when shit gets real.

Calculated Survival – 5 Items to Survive

Think power grid failures, catastrophic natural disasters, or even finding yourself stranded in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back. At these moments, having the right tools can mean the difference between life and death. Here are five such items that every serious survivalist must-have.

A Good Solid Knife

Bushcraft Knife and campfire in the evening

The heart of any survival kit, a reliable knife is multifaceted. Beyond its obvious use for cutting, a knife can be crucial for hunting, food preparation, and even defense. The blade should be sharp, sturdy, and capable of maintaining its edge through the rigors of survival situations. Your life might very well depend on its strength and reliability.

Ferro Rod

The ability to start a fire is fundamental. From boiling water and cooking food to keeping warm and signaling for help, fire is paramount. In a world where lighters can fail and matches can get wet, the Ferro Rod emerges as a dependable fire-starting tool. With its long lifespan and ability to produce sparks even in wet conditions, it’s a lifeline you can trust.

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Paracord, Particularly Survivor Cord

When you’re thinking of survival, paracord should be at the forefront of your mind. This versatile rope is a staple for a multitude of tasks. But not just any paracord will do. Survivor cord takes it up a notch by incorporating fishing line for catching food, tinder for fire-starting, and wire suitable for setting up animal traps. With this, you can craft shelters, snares, or even makeshift fishing gear.

Shelter Tools, like Tarps and Heat Reflectors

Exposure is a silent and deadly threat in survival situations. A tarp provides a quick and efficient shelter against rain, wind, and even the sun’s scorching heat. Pair this with a heat reflector, and you’ve got a system to keep you warm, amplifying the heat from your fire and directing it towards you, a true boon in cold environments.


Water Filtration System

Clean water is the elixir of life. While you might endure weeks without food, mere days without water can prove fatal. In many scenarios, available water sources are teeming with harmful pathogens.

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Having a reliable water filtration system ensures that you can safely hydrate, safeguarding against deadly waterborne diseases. Check out Modern Need’s Ready Filter to always have a reliable water source here!

In conclusion, the stark reality of survival situations necessitates robust preparation. While the above items are invaluable, remember that the real survival tool is your mind. With the right knowledge, these tools, and the will to survive, you can weather even the gravest of situations. So gear up, stay informed, and always be ready for when SHTF.

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The Art of Concealment: Best Places to Hide a Knife on Your Body 



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The Hidden Edge in Tough Times

All throughout history, concealed knives have swayed the tide of battles, saved lives, and borne witness to raw, unyielding human spirit. As survivalists, we recognize the tactical advantage and peace of mind a discreetly hidden blade can provide. Here’s a deep dive into choosing the best places to conceal a knife on your body.

Why Hide a Knife?

Tactical Advantage: In sticky situations, surprise is your ally. A concealed blade can provide that edge, literally and figuratively. Discreet Utility Beyond defense, a hidden knife is an invaluable tool for mundane tasks, ensuring you’re always equipped without drawing unnecessary attention.

Choosing the Right Knife for Concealment

Before we dive into the “where,” we must address the “what.” Not all knives are suitable for hidden carry. Opt for:

Compact Size: A blade that’s too long can be cumbersome and conspicuous.

Secure Sheath: You want it to stay hidden and avoid accidents.

Quick Release: In a crisis, you need to draw it swiftly.

Best Places to Conceal a Knife on Your Body

Ankle Holster: Tucked away in an ankle strap, it’s both discrete and easily accessible. Especially useful if you’re seated or downed.

Behind the Back: In a horizontal sheath, a knife can be comfortably nestled at the small of your back. However, ensure it doesn’t poke you when you sit.

Underarm Holster: Much like a shoulder holster for a firearm, there are harnesses that hold a knife snugly under your arm. Ideal for quick, intuitive access.

Pocket Clip: While not entirely hidden, a good folding knife with a low-profile clip can be inconspicuous in your pocket.

Inside the Waistband: This provides quick access while being hidden by your shirt. Make sure the grip is positioned for a smooth draw.

Boot Top: Slipping a knife inside your boot, especially with a dedicated sheath, can be both concealed and quickly accessible.

The Balance of Comfort and Access

Finding the right spot is a blend of comfort and functionality. You want to:

Ensure Mobility: Your concealed knife shouldn’t impede your movement.

Practice Draws: Regularly practice drawing the knife to ensure smooth, swift access when needed.

Always be mindful of local laws regarding concealed weapons. While a hidden knife is a survivalist’s tool, it’s essential to stay on the right side of the law. For the experienced survivalist, a concealed knife is more than just a tool or weapon; it’s a silent protector. As with all things survival, preparation and practice are key. Equip yourself, train regularly, and always be ready for whatever the wilderness—or life—throws your way.

How do you conceal your knife and why?

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