The key to making a 3 pin trap is, not only getting the heavy log up, but positioning the three pieces of wood that must hold the log. I have found this trap hard to balance, due to the sharp point on the two pieces of wood (vertical) holding the center wood with the bait (horizontal). Be sure to use a base as seen in the illustration. This type of trap can easily be knocked over by wind or if an animal brushes against it.
The trap should be placed in or very near an animal trail, so the animal can smell the bait on the stick. If it works correctly, the animal bites the bait, the heavy log falls and kills or traps the animal under it. However, there is no guarantee the log will fall on the animal and it may fall to either side. I think this type of trap is too much work and the results are questionable at best.
How to construct a 3 Pin Log Trap
Gary Benton has over 45 years of outdoor experience in camping, hiking, fishing, and other activities. He's no armchair survival man, he's walked the walk from the arctic to the desert and all the area in between.
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