I recently wrote about squirrel poles and how to use them to catch squirrels without bait in wooded areas. The importance of being able to trap animals without bait should not be underestimated. In this article, I have posted a video showing how to make and use an “Ojibwa bird pole”. Like a squirrel pole, it can be effectively used without bait. This trap is most effective in an open area, otherwise, the bird will tend to land on trees that are higher than your pole and avoid being trapped. Another way to increase its effectiveness is to apply some sticky pine resin to the perch pole that will slow the bird down as it tries to fly away. Like most traps, remember that you will probably only have a 10% success rate, so you should set 10 traps for every one animal you hope to eat.
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