IMPORTANT: Normally snares are checked twice a day, preferably just before sunset and just after sunrise. But if you're using "weak and flimsy" material, then you need to check'em more often before a critter has had time to work himself free and escape. And when you do, always check'em a good distance away so you don't spook any animals that may be lurking nearby.

REALLY IMPORTANT: If the critter is still alive when he's caught, which he probably will be, find yourself a big, long, sturdy stick and give'em a good hard whack across the head to stun him. Then finish him off with a bunch of harder whacks until he stops moving, breathing, and you see blood flowing from his nose, ears and or eyes.


THE PYRAMID - A long, lasting fire requiring very little attention once it's constructed and starts to burn. Must be built in layers with the bottom being the thickest & longest to the top being the thinnest & shortest. Must be ignited at the very top so the fire will burn downward in stages.



TINDER - This is the primary material used to get a fire going and consist of a very dry, thin, light, airy material that is very sensitive to heat and will ignite with the "touch of a spark." And according to other survival sites and books, can be dry grass, leaves, pine needles, shredded bark, cattails, and other weeds and plants that produce a very fine, dry, "hairy" material.


KINDLING - Are thin, narrow, short, pieces of wood that must be placed on or above the tinder according to thickness & size so they'll ignite and burn more easily, which the first size is "toothpick" followed by "pencil size" sticks. And once the kindling catches fire, that's when you can start adding the next size, "magic marker" and "broom handle" size sticks.

FUEL- Once the kindling begins to burn, you're ready to start adding wrist, arm, and leg size sticks. But be careful not to place too much wood on the fire or you'll choke off the oxygen and it'll start to smother and smoke. And if it does this, just remove some of the wood and gently blow on the hot coals to get it burning again, then gradually place more wood on it until you have the size of fire that you want. Remember: The smaller the fire - the less wood it takes to keep it going. The bigger the fire - the more wood and work you'll have to do to keep it going.