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.

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...