Hunting & Survival

How to make birch oil

Another great video, I will definitely be trying this.


Tapping a birch tree for sap. Makes wine, syrup, ice cubes for malt whiskey, etc

Amazing video, he has lots of older style tools that need no power other then what you produce from your body. Very enjoyable to watch.


Box trap

This is a video of me making a couple of home made non typical box traps and catching wild ring necked pheasants (Hens).

To make this trap even more effective, substitute the trigger mechanism with a figure 4, like in my video “Making a figure four”. These traps can be modified in size and bait to catch many different species of wild animals alive.

To name a few animals that these traps will catch alive: They will trap ringnecked pheasants, trap ruffed grouse, trap partridge, trap quail, trap pigeon, trap crow, trap all different types of game birds. They will also trap squirrels, trap rats, trap most rodents, and many other different birds and animals.

The proper name is arapuca trap.

Habitat and habits (Ring necked Pheasent)
PREFERRED HABITAT : Quality habitat for ring-necked pheasants provides adequate food and cover in close proximity. Ring-necked pheasant habitat is often associated with areas of high soil fertility where agricultural crops and other vegetation provide the basic food and cover requirements. Cultivated farmland interspersed with patches of brush or woodlots often provides some of the best habitat for ring-necked pheasants.

Ring-necked Pheasants are omnivores with diet varying by season, eating a wide variety of plant and animal food. Although the importance of individual food items varies among regions and even locally. In winter, they eat mostly seeds, grains, roots, and berries, Ring-necked pheasants feed primarily on plant foods, especially waste grains, but also on seeds of weeds and grasses, acorns, buds and soft parts of herbaceous vegetation, fleshy fruits, insects, and occasionally snakes and small rodents. Common snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) fruits were the most important. Small amounts of chokecherry, buffaloberry (Shepherdia canadensis), and wild rose. prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola), sweetclover, and root fragments of prickly lettuce uprooted by plowing.

Habitat and habits (Ruffed Grouse)
It is found wherever there are even small amounts of broad-leaved trees, especially poplars, birch, hop-hornbeam, and alders, which provide the catkins and buds that are its staple winter food. Hardwood bush with deciduous trees are important as food and shelter. A good winter for the Ruffed Grouse is one with soft, deep snow that lasts. If the snow cover is inadequate or has a hard crust, or if there are long periods of cold and wind, grouse cannot find enough suitable protection. They are forced to seek shelter in clumps of thick conifer. Under these conditions grouse lose weight and many fall prey to hawks and other predators. Some grouse may starve; others freeze to death.

Never trap and harvest any animal until you know your local laws…You can do this by checking with your local DNR…(Department of Natural Resources)


Figure 4 deadfall trap

If your ever lost in the wild or decide to take some time to yourself and head out to the woods, try this trap out. It’s always reassuring to ones self when they accomplish things. Getting back to nature and gaining the ability of self-reliance is a great test and a great thing to teach. Enjoy!