A squirrel clings to a branch while harvesting acorns beside a trail in Bangor. While squirrels have long been a commonality in rural areas, they were a rare site in cities until the 19th century. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki

If you spend time in the woods, it’s good to have some basic skills at your disposal to help you find shelter, start a fire and find food and water. (It also helps to know how to find your way back to a trail.)

Even if you never get lost, these kinds of skills are just cool to know.

For instance, if you’re deep in the woods and get lost for longer than a couple days — and you don’t feel like eating insects — do you know how to trap a small game animal?

This video shows a few ways to rig a trap. They assume you have some things on hand, like rope or paracord and a knife to cut notches into wood.  One uses a plastic bottle for a funnel fish trap.

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Dan MacLeod

Dan MacLeod is the managing editor of the Bangor Daily News. He's an Orland native who moved to Portland in 2002 and now lives in Unity. He's been a journalist since 2008, and previously worked for the...