when i was younger i use to use a few twister dead falls... never seen it in print, also experimented with quite the few triggers shown in hardings dead fall and snare book... was taught how to make the twister by my father and uncle....
the support stick... l ... whittling same as the figure 4 on top only... your lever stick... /.... same as figure 4 on top where it accepts the support stick..
the bait stick no real whittling needed unless you want a pretty point for your bait...
the twister ... is a live section of a thin young sapling or top.... take and mushroom the bottom of the twister with two stones... place on one and tap with the other the mushroomed portion goes under the bottom of the support stick... then figure where the twister is gonna need to be mushroomed out some to bend over top of the lever stick and mushroom her... "creates string like wood fiber" bring her over and under to the other side and cut off to the height you want your bait stick at....
the bait stick.... _ ... is placed up against the support and lever sticks... and slid under the twister stick to where you want it....
always found the twister to be a more sensitive trigger than the figure four with the weight needed, in so much that the bait stick will drop smoother than the force needed at times with the notches on a figure 4.....
one thing to remember about deadfalls is all that weight can put a hurting on your hands... when working under large stones... it pays to have a round stone or two under the side of the deadfall your working for a safety should she trip on you... roll or slide them out of the way when your done
if i get a chance ill try to post a picture of the twister set up... like i said never seen it in a book... but pretty simple and a lot quicker than all the notches with the traditional figure 4.... jim
I used to read those books from my middle school library back in the mid 90's. I think I was the only one to borrow them from the library for 3 years(cuz' I always had em'). I never did set any though.
Interesting...I had no idea that deadfalls are legal in NY state. Of course I never bothered to look into it being that they are illegal here in PA. I may have to give them a go when I'm on my "Northern" trapline next month. As a matter of fact, I just picked up that Harding book. I just bought it add to my trapping book collection, I had no idea I would be able to glean useful information with a real life applications from it.
I will definitely look into more before I try setting one up, I don't want to do anything illegal either. I know in PA it specifically says deadfalls are not permitted. I always just assumed that was the case with NY, but again I never looked.
I'm actually kind of excited to try using them this year and hope there aren't any issues to speak of. I really enjoy doing things in a primitive manner, this will certainly fit the bill while I'm waiting patiently for my traps to fill with fur ;D
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