8-Week Survival Bird Trapping Course

New video series delivered each week for 8-weeks. Learn 8 different survival bird traps. Early Bird Launch Discount!

Join me and learn 8 of the world's most effective survival bird traps!


Great Depression Survival Skills

Inspired by true stories from the Great Depression

My Grandpa told me stories about how he trapped birds for food during the Great Depression to feed himself and his brothers and sisters. Whether in times of food scarcity or during a sudden and unexpected survival scenario, bird traps can put survival food on the table.
Great Depression Survival Skills

8 Weeks = 8 Bird Traps

Learn 8 of the world's most effective survival bird traps.

  • WEEK 1: Great Depression Bird Snare

  • WEEK 2: Modified Ojibwe Bird Snare

  • WEEK 3: Māori [Waka Kererū] Pigeon Trough Snare

  • WEEK 4: Toggle Stick Deadfall

  • WEEK 5: Mokelumne Bird Trap

  • WEEK 6: Toggle Stick Bird Snare

  • WEEK 7: Water Fowl Leg Hold Trap

  • WEEK 8: Missionary Bird Snare

  • PLUS Many more skills!

Less than $10 / week

For less than $10 / week, I'll deliver a new video teaching series each week for 8 weeks. You'll learn 8 of the most effective and easy to set survival bird traps from across the globe. From North American Indian tribes to the Maori people of New Zealand, these survival traps have been used for centuries to secure food and resources.
Less than $10 / week

Meet Your Instructor

  • Creek Stewart

    Wilderness Survival Instructor

    Creek Stewart

    Creek Stewart is a Wilderness Survival Instructor, Author, and Television Host. He currently hosts the hit show SOS HOW TO SURVIVE on The Weather Channel and is the owner of Willow Haven Outdoor Survival School in Central Indiana.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Introduction to Bird Snaring
    • Terms & Conditions, Disclaimers, and Waiver of Liability
    • Disclaimer: Trapping Laws and Regulations
    • Materials Needed For Making Traps & Snares
    • 8 Week Delivery Schedule
  • 2
    WEEK 1: Great Depression Bird Snare (Available NOW!!!)
    • BONUS Full Color Printable Download
    • Trap Intro & Background
    • Carving the Trigger Stick FREE PREVIEW
    • Setting the Trap
    • Trap Overview
    • Trigger Stick from Landscape
    • How to Reverse Wrap Natural Cordage Skill
    • Final Thoughts
  • 3
    WEEK 2: Modified Ojibwe Bird Snare (Available 11/21/23)
    • BONUS Full Color Printable Download
    • The Modified Ojibwe Bird Snare: An Overview
    • STEP 1: Choosing, Cutting, and Preparing the Snare Post
    • STEP 2: Choosing, Preparing, and Lashing the Engine
    • STEP 3: Choosing & Carving the Perch Stick
    • STEP 4: Making the Snare Noose & Setting the Snare
    • Baiting Method # 1
    • Baiting Method # 2
    • Baiting Method # 3
    • The Modified Ojibwe Bird Snare: Review of Snare
  • 4
    WEEK 3: Māori [Waka Kererū] Pigeon Trough Snare (Available 11/28/23)
    • Pigeon Trough Snare Overview
    • MATERIALS: Traditional Log Trough
    • Creating the Trough Cavity: Step 1
    • Coal Burning the Trough Cavity: PART I
    • Coal Burning Part II and Water Test
    • Building the Trough Frame: Gathering Materials
    • Building the Trough Frame: Larks Head Lashing
    • Setting the Snare Supports
    • How to Tie Monofilament Snare Nooses + Snare Gauge
    • Stringing the Snare Nooses
    • Blocking the Ends
    • Wrap Up & Fill Up
  • 5
    WEEK 4: Toggle Stick Deadfall (Available 12/5/23)
    • Toggle Stick Deadfall: Overview
    • Building the Live Capture Cage: Harvesting Materials
    • Building the Live Capture Cage: Tying the Frame Foundation
    • Building the Live Capture Cage: Constructing the Cage
    • Harvesting Trap Components: Toggle Trigger Stick & Anchor Stake
    • Setting the Trap: Materials Review
    • Setting the Trap: Anchor Stake
    • Setting the Trap: Locust Thorn Trigger Stick
    • Setting the Trap: Final Steps and Baiting
    • Final Trap Test
  • 6
    WEEK 5: Toggle/Treadle Stick Bird Snare
    • BONUS Full Color Printable Download
    • Toggle/Treadle Bird Snare: Overview
    • Materials Needed
    • Setting the Arch
    • Installing the Engine
    • Making the Snare Noose
    • Attaching Noose Line to Engine
    • Installing the Treadle and Baiting the Snare
  • 7
    WEEK 6: Mokelumne Bird Trap (Available 12/19/23)
    • BONUS Full Color Printable Download
    • Mokelumne Bird Snare Overview
    • Materials Discussion
    • Building the Frame
    • A MODERN TRAP OPTION (modern trap feature) (coming soon)
    • Setting the Trigger Stick & Baiting the Snare
    • Bird Snare Overview
  • 8
    WEEK 7: Water Fowl Leg Hold Trap
    • Waterfowl Leg Hold Trap Overview
    • Location! Location! Location!
    • Making the Noose(s)
    • Cutting & Making the Anchor Frame
    • Cutting Stakes & Anchoring Frame Body
    • Tying Nooses & Baiting Trap
    • Bucket Lid Version
  • 9
    WEEK 8: Missionary Bird Snare (Coming 1/9/24)
    • BONUS Full Color Printable Download
    • Missionary Bird Snare: An Overview
    • Materials Needed
    • Beginning the Braided Line
    • Cutting and Sizing the Monofilament Nooses
    • Braiding in the Monofilament Nooses
    • Setting the Snare
  • 10
    Habitat Development / Maintenance
    • Backyard Habituation
  • 11
    Dressing / Cooking Wild Birds (Coming Soon)
    • Video Lesson Series Coming Soon

Disclaimer: The Use of Primitive Survival Bird Snares

Before delving into the techniques and skills related to primitive survival bird snares, it is essential to emphasize their legal status and ethical considerations. Bird snares and traps can be effective tools for obtaining food in survival situations, but they should be used responsibly and in strict adherence to local laws and regulations.

1. Legal Considerations: The use of bird snares is subject to various local, state, and national wildlife conservation laws and regulations. These laws are in place to protect wildlife populations and ensure their sustainability. In many areas, the use of primitive bird snares is strictly regulated or even prohibited. Before attempting to set any kind of trap or snare for birds or any other wildlife, it is imperative that you thoroughly research and understand the specific laws and regulations that govern your location. Violating these laws can result in serious legal consequences.

2. Ethical Considerations: Even in survival situations, it is essential to approach trapping and hunting with a strong ethical mindset. The principles of ethical trapping include minimizing harm to non-target species, using traps and snares only when necessary for survival, and practicing humane trapping methods. Trapping birds or other animals for sport or without a genuine survival need is ethically questionable and often illegal.

3. Survival Situations Only: Primitive bird snares should only be employed in genuine survival situations, where obtaining food is critical for your well-being. Survival situations typically involve life-threatening circumstances such as being lost in the wilderness, facing extreme conditions, or being without access to food for an extended period. In such cases, it may be appropriate to use survival skills, including primitive snares, to procure food as a last resort.

4. Responsible Use: If you find yourself in a survival situation and must use primitive bird snares, it is crucial to do so responsibly and humanely. Regularly check your snares to minimize the suffering of trapped animals, and ensure you have the necessary knowledge and skills to set and use them effectively.

In conclusion, while primitive survival bird snares can be valuable tools for procuring food in extreme circumstances, their use should always be governed by a deep respect for local laws, ethical principles, and a genuine need for survival. It is the responsibility of individuals to be aware of and adhere to the legal and ethical considerations surrounding trapping and hunting in their respective areas. Always prioritize the well-being of wildlife and the preservation of natural ecosystems.