In this article, I'll be sharing my top 5 tips for using the L-7primitive trap and trigger to catch more game when you need it most. As a seasoned trapper, I've used various trapping methods and have found the L-7 trap and trigger system to be versatile and effective. Whether you're a novice bush crafter or a seasoned woodsman, these tips will help you master the L-7 trap.
Creating and using the L-7 trap is a breeze, thanks to its simple mechanics. Once you've got the hang of it and constructed the trap correctly, you'll be able to start catching animals in no time. This trap is very common and can be found in military survival manuals and most primitive trapping books.
Don't let its apparent simplicity fool you - there is a learning curve set this trap and get the results you're after.
As a beginner making this type of trap for the first few times, it's natural to follow the diagrams closely. However, while these diagrams are technically correct, they can be difficult for newcomers to grasp. The basic idea and mechanics of the trap are there, but in practice, you will find that adjustments are necessary for optimal performance. Don't worry, with a bit of trial and error, you'll soon find what works best for you and begin catching more game.
As you can see from the textbook example above, there are some challenges that may arise when using this style of trap in the woods:
-The 7-notch cut on the stake is positioned too high and may break off when driven into the ground. Additionally, the angle of the notch is too steep, which could create unnecessary drag if the trigger is tripped when outward or downward forces are applied.
-The snare's connection point on the L-trigger is less than ideal, as the cord's tension is solely reliant on the strength of the trigger. Moreover, the snare is attached too high, causing the trapped animal to pull straight down and potentially create drag tension.
-Another issue with the depicted snare is that it appears to be made of heavy wire, which may not be readily available in a wilderness survival situation. This illustration shows it holding its shape in mid-air.
-Additionally, the size of the snare loop in relation to its height off the ground is questionable, and the snare supports do not provide an easy travel route for the game. In fact, obstacles or blockages may discourage the intended prey, making this trap almost ineffective. The trap mechanics may be sound in a perfect scenario IF THE ANIMAL WERE TO STUMBLE THROUGH IT.
It's important to note that while traps made in this way will catch, they may not be as effective as they could be. There are several factors that could limit their success, including the placement of the snare loop, the type of snare material used, and the positioning of the trap components. By making slight adjustments to the design and placement of the trap, you can increase your chances substantially.
Improvements Here are 5 simple tips to improve this type of trap and trigger:
1. Make a small 7-notch at the top of the trigger. This will prevent the cord from slipping upwards due to tension from the "engine" pulling upwards above. It will help secure the tension line.
2. Use a simple clove hitch to connect the snare and tension cord. This knot is effective and requires fewer knots and a more secure catch when you do.
3. Carve a "Bail-notch" into the trigger's opposite side, at the bottom, leaving about 1" of length below for the notch's strength. Keep the contact point flat, not pointy. Be careful when making this the bail/pothook notch. It's easy to fracture and split the wood that is supporting the notch (hook) when carving.
To improve the effectiveness of your trap, make a small notch in the contact point of the bail-notch for the cord to pass through. If you're using an all-in-one line with both the tension and snare cord attached, it's essential to allow enough room for the cord to pass around the L-trigger closest to where the trigger and stake meet. You should also ensure that the cord wraps tightly to aid in a cleaner release when the trap is tripped. By making these simple adjustments, you can enhance the effectiveness of your trap.
4. Carve a 7-notch at the top of the stake with a long approach angle to the perpendicular plunge cut. It's important to keep the notches clean by using sharp cutting tools.
5. When setting your snare, leave some slack in the line. This will increase the chances of a successful snare/catch and reduce the risk of misfires.
Whether you're an experienced trapper or just starting, these tips can help you take your trapping skills to the next level.