Here is an overview of a Split Stick Deadfall set.
The base of the lower vertical stick is supposed to sit
on a rock. To increase this trap's sensitivity, a rounded rock can
This is a very tough trap to set up. The two vertical
sticks are always wanting to flip out on you.
Again, the vertical stick in this trap has actually
been cut into two pieces, and they are resting end-to-end,
vertically. The bait stick is a much smaller stick that has been
inserted into a notch cut into each end of the two vertical sticks
where they meet.
The slightest movement of the bait stick will trigger
this trap. If the bait stick is pushed to one side, it destabilizes
the mechanism, causing the two vertical sticks to flip out.