Something I've never really thought about before, have you?
I've considered that there may come a time in my life when I might need to know how to trap wild animals for food. In fact, I was reading an article today that was about just that. But, what I hadn't thought of before is that others most likely are also trapping wild animals. Maybe even near the area that I may be. I'm not talking about this happening in the world as we now know it, but in the aftermath of a SHTF event.
Even if I'm in a secluded are of the woods and there have been no signs of anyone else around, there could be other people who wander into the same area as me to hunt their food. Using steel traps like the one in the picture above. I may not even be using those types of traps, but there could be others who are.
While reading that article, I began to imagine, in my mind, what would happen if I were to step on one of those types of traps! i cringed and quickly erased that picture from my mind! But, it kept trying to come back into view. I won't go into graphic detail of what I imagined, but it was horrible, to say the least. And then I thought...what if I just stepped on the trap enough to trigger it, you know, with my foot just half way on the trap. How would I even be able to lift my foot off that trap without getting hurt? Unfortunately, my imagination sometimes gets carried away.
The point I'm trying to make is that this may not be something many of us have thought about. In a major SHTF aftermath this could happen even in smaller, rural type towns where wild animals may roam in looking for food. People could even set traps around their homes for security purposes. (Hmmm...something to think about 🤔.) Either way, it is something we need to be aware of that could happen and prepare ourselves for.
How can we avoid stumbling upon a trap like this?
We need to be mentally prepared ahead of time; such as knowing that this could possibly happen. We should be alert, at all times, not just when we hear a noise or suspect trouble. Ways we can be alert and prepared:
Situational awareness. Be aware of your surroundings at all times...that includes watching where you walk. If it's dark out, use a flashlight to light up your path. If there are lots of bushes or leaves/debris on the ground, use a stick to poke through them before you step there.
Carry a walking stick or cane.
Do not allow yourself to become so relaxed and comfortable in your situation that you let your guard down. See #1.
Don't allow horseplay or running outside of your immediate camp area.
Those are just a few suggestions. We always need to be alert, even in our every day lives as they are today.
(Not only do we need to be aware of the possibility of running across another hunter's steel foothold trap, or even our own if we forget where it is, but we need to be medically prepared to care for such an injury should one happen. We need to make sure that our medical supplies [and knowledge] include items that would help to stop bleeding as well as making a splint. )
What are the possibilities?
There's a huge possibility that you will never run into a situation like this. But, we never know what the future holds. I'm not trying to instill fear into anyone, but am just saying that this is all a part of being mentally prepared. Know that even if there is a remote possibility of something like this happening you can avoid it if it's something you've thought about ahead of time.
Just because we think of something doesn't mean it's going to happen. But, if we are aware and prepared for the fact that there is even a remote possibility of it happening, we can hopefully avoid it ever happening.
It is my prayer that you fully understand what I'm trying to say here today.
Until next time...happy prepping, and God bless!