Many of you have asked for more details about the Live Capture Box trap that Bill, Dave, Andrew and I used to catch the Quail. To my knowledge, this is a trap style that originates in Asia but versions of it exist all over the world. It’s very unique in that it can be constructed from all natural materials. Below I detail the trap design as well as the trigger I normally pair with it.
It all starts with 2 pieces of cordage and 2 sticks…
A length of cordage is tied between the ends of two sticks. When tied, the length of rope should be a little longer (6 or so inches) than the sticks. The shape at this point should be somewhat rectangular because the cordage sides are longer than the stick sides. The length of your sticks will determine the size of your trap, in this case about 18″ x 18″.
Now, twist each stick so that cordage forms an X in the middle. At this point, your trap should look fairly square.
The coolest thing about this trap is that it’s held together with tension. You start by sliding sticks one at a time in a log-cabin pattern UNDERNEATH of the string. The string will be loose in the beginning but will start to tighten as you build up the walls underneath with sticks. It is this tension that ultimately will hold all of the sticks in place.
Below is a trap almost finished using a natural reverse wrapped yucca leaf cordage – just like we did in the episode of FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS.
Here the trap is finished with the trigger set. Now, let’s discuss the trigger system that I use with this trap. It’s awesome AND simple!
This trigger system is very simple and is in essence a double trip line. There is a pretty cool trick to making the trigger stick. I use a pencil below to illustrate:
First, cut a slice in the middle of the trigger stick that is about 1/2 of the way through. The saw from a multitool works perfect for this.
Now, turn over the stick, move 1/2 inch down and make another cut 1/2 way through on the opposite side.
Then, with your thumbs at each cut, firmly snap the stick in half.
Nine times out of ten the stick will snap as shown above with 2 perfectly mated notches. This completes your trigger stick. The only remaining step is to tie two thin trip lines to one half of the trigger stick. I typically tie them around the top of the bottom half.
The other ends of the trip lines should be tied to the back 2 corners of the box trap – in this case, an egg crate.
Now, assemble the trigger stick and prop up the front of the box. You can see that the two trip lines are impossible for a small game animal to avoid when trying to get the bait that is located toward the back of the trap between the trip lines.
In the episode when we caught the quail, we used rose hips as bait and thin yucca fibers as trip lines. The trip lines don’t have to be very strong because the trigger stick is very sensitive.
The basic principle of this trap design can be applied in all types of environments, both urban and wilderness. Use your creativity when it comes to cages – even a cardboard box will work! Innovation is one of your most important survival skills!
Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,