Trapping was widely done in the early days of North American settlements, companies such as the Canadian fur brigade were established. Native Americans trapped fur bearing animals with pits, dead falls, and rudimentary snares. Europeans learned from the native Americans when they first arrived in eastern North America how to trap animals with dead-falls and pits.
Trapping is done for a variety of reasons. Mostly it is practiced for food or fur but sometimes it is done for wildlife management or pest control. Fur-bearing mammals are targeted for their fur to be used in clothes and other articles. The dead animals are skinned, and the fur is used to make clothes or is sold or bartered.
Trapping is an excellent supplement to the survivor’s food acquisition toolbox, since simple traps can be constructed with little more than some wire, string and a knife. Trapping can often be unsuccessful so don’t let it be your only source of food, or at least be prepared for frequent disappointment.