MINIMALIST 2×6 SURVIVAL GILL NET
This simple bare-bones 2 foot tall x 6 foot wide monofilament survival gill net can put an insane amount of fish on the camp table if you know how to use it. It is designed specifically to work with small waterways such as creeks and streams that you’ll find most often in the wild. The mesh size is also sized to fit the most common sized fish found in those places, such as blue gill, small bass, trout and suckers. To use, pull tight across the stream and weight along the bottom with rocks. The fins and gills of passing fish will get stuck in the diamond shaped meshes. It can also be folded in half and lashed up each side to create a funnel trap, box net or dip net. The monofilament is durable and can be used time and time again. As seen in the documentary, gill nets are used extensively by members of the trapping community to pull food and bait from the Yenisei River by which they live. *NOTE: Gill nets are illegal to use in many areas. Check local laws before use.
NEW WEAVING NEEDLE
Although I teach you how to carve your own net making needle in this month’s skills challenge video, here is a plastic back up to keep in your foraging kit. Watch this month’s skills challenge video (link below) to learn exactly how to use this net needle to weave your own net.
COTTON NET WEAVING TWINE
I’ve provided this twine to use during the net weaving skills challenge below. NOTE: It’s important when making nets to use twine that does not have “memory”, like this cotton twine. What is “memory”? When a twine is uncoiled and still shows the coils in the line, that is called “memory”. This can make net weaving very frustrating and messy.
POCKET FIELD GUIDE: Siberian Deadfall
I was so impressed with the innovative trap used by the Russian trappers to catch Sable for fur that I decided to test and master it myself so that I could teach it to you. Although I’m a big fan of the entire method, I find the trigger system to be the biggest take-away as it can used in a variety of deadfall sets. This guide walks you through every step of the way.
Siberian Deadfall Skills Kit
Not only can you read detailed instructions with illustrations about how to carve and set the Siberian Deadfall, but you can use this kit to master the ingenious trigger system right at home. The enclosed kit includes one finished trigger system as an example and also the blank pieces to carve your own. Reading is great but DOING is better! Post your pic of the finished trigger system to INSTAGRAM using #apocabox!