In a resource scarcity crisis access to fresh food is critical to survival. Vital proteins and fats are essential for enduring the long haul. Fortunately there is plenty of small game out there if you are looking for it. In the first months following a resource scarcity crisis, you may be able to survive on neighborhood cats and small dogs. Depending on your region, rabbits, squirrels, prairie dogs, and or rats may be an option. Trapping alive guarantees you are getting fresh, healthy game. 

live animal trap

These designs, and the video (after the jump) will show you how to build your own live game trap. Bludgeoning or bleeding out the game is another matter altogether.

This design is based on a paiute deadfall.