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8,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mousetrap Still an Effective Killing Machine

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Here’s how to craft an ancient bird or mouse trap from a few sticks and cordage. It worked for the Egyptians and it’s still an effective small animal trap.

Shawn Woods demonstrates how to build an ancient Egyptian-style mousetrap like the kind used 8,000 years ago. It turns out, it’s still an effective killing machine. It’s still being used by some cultures to trap small animals and birds for sustenance.

All you need is a few sticks, some cordage and a knife to carve the sticks with, and you have yourself a highly effective trap. This bow-style trap can be modified to include a snare for bird captures as well.

I’ve seen a variation of this trap also set on a post with a small snare that will encircle a bird’s legs when sprung. It’s a versatile design that’s adaptable to many situations.

Woods has demonstrated other survival-type traps that also use a spring made from tightly twisted cordage (such as his Spanish Windlass Trap). This is a very useful bit of primitive technology that could benefit any survivalist or outdoorsman.

Like what you see here? You can read more great articles by David Smith at his Facebook page, Stumpjack Outdoors.

NEXT: SPANISH WINDLASS SNARE: ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE TRAPS FOR CRITTERS BIG OR SMALL

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8,000-Year-Old Egyptian Mousetrap Still an Effective Killing Machine