Survival Trapping

Difficulty: Beginner


A sustainable food source is one of the most important aspects of survival. Without food, our body does not function how we need it to and it doesn’t take long before you cannot think straight.  Building survival traps are an excellent way to supplement your food intake without spending a lot of calories and allows you to focus on other tasks while the traps do the work for you.

The Benefits of Survival Traps

Any food you bring with you into the woods will eventually run out and you can only carry so many bullets for your hunting rifle.  With primitive traps  and your bushcraft skills, your supplies are unlimited.

Trapping provides a sustainable food supply for you or your family and can be accomplished with a few simple tools or no tools at all.

Survival is a calories game and trapping requires much smaller calorie expenditure than hunting.


Traps can produce food while you are spending time doing other survival-related tasks and even while you are sleeping at night.  Often times the best time to procure food is at night when many animals are active and we are asleep.


You can build traps out of simple items you find in the wilderness or you can bring a few lightweight items with you in your survival kit that can be used over and over again.


What will you learn?

  • multiple primitive spring pole style snares

  • deadfalls that require no tools or just a knife

  • modern trapping and using modern devices

  • the best place to put traps

  • bird traps and fishing traps.

  • live game traps


Some traps you will learn: Figure 4 Deadfall, Paiute Deadfall,

Mojave Scissor Trap, Basket Trap, Tilong Rat Trap, T-Bar Snare, 

Turkey Trap, Twitch-Up Snare and many other simple snare trap designs. 

With the traps that we show you and have you build, you will be able to catch small game, large game, birds, and fish without having to leave the comfort of your tent or survival shelter.

Food and Water:  Water will be provided but you will need to provide your own food of your choice. We recommend quick field expedient meals such as Wise Food, Survival Cave Food or MRE’s. They can quickly be made at our primitive camps and won’t slow down the learning process. You can ship these meals to the course location if you don’t want to carry them. We will store them until you arrive.


Minimum Recommended Equipment: Fixed blade knife preferable a mora style knife, outdoor clothing, boots, folding saw, paracord, overnight camping gear, small backpack. Check Recommended Items List for more details!


Instructor: Jason Marsteiner


Overnight Camping: Youre welcome to spend the night before and night after the course at our camp!


Length: 2 days/ 1 Overnight


Airport and Bus Stops: If you are arriving by bus or plane, we can pick you up. Contact us to make arrangements.


Important Note: Please be advised that the use of deadfalls and snares are illegal and all other forms of traps are highly regulated in the State of Colorado.  We will not be doing any actual trapping, only building and demonstrating their use. No animals will be used to trigger traps and no trap will be left untriggered.


Tuition: $195


Survival Trapping

Survival Trapping

Colorado Mountain Man Survival


Colorado Springs, CO |

 719-684-4147 | Contact Us


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