With inspiration from my new rule, I spent some time researching primitive methods of trapping small animals. I came across some information about a classic box style trap held up by a stick. You can't get any more simple than that. The one I made today at lunch time involved three sticks and a Tupperware tub. The sticks are carved in a way that creates something called a figure-4 trigger. It resembles a number 4 and props the container up on its edge until an animal comes along and triggers the trap to close shut. I used peanut butter and a couple walnuts for bait. We'll see. I am thinking a squirrel or rabbit will be the most probable varmint in my yard to set it off. Unless, of course, one of the cats gets curious and has a desire for peanut butter.
Energy levels remain low today. I have only had seasoned rice and water today but will probably shuck some clams for dinner. I wonder what I would buy at the market if I catch a squirrel??? Going by the rules it would have to be an animal of similar type and size. Hmmm. I really don't know. Since there really aren't any small mammals in the market I think I will either get a small bird or an equal weight of meat from a larger animal - like a pork chop the same size as a squirrel. I guess we'll cross that bridge when we come to it. I don't know why I think catching a wild animal will be any easier than catching a fish. I also wonder if I might trap a raccoon or an opossum at night time. That would be interesting.