Introduction: Gags: Snipe Hunting

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Before I go on, I must tell you I actually fell for this. I can't believe it -- but if you stay in vacation for too long in the mountains, anything seems plausible. This is a simple trick to send one of your gullible friends out hunting for the "Snipe". There is a true snipe, but hunting one would be pointless -- they are mudbirds, and would not clash well with the palette.

Step 1: The Set Up

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You need it to be night and in an area where animals are plenty. The suburbs are not exactly ideal, so conning your buddy into thinking you have snipes in your backyard would mean Holmes has a lost brother (or something like that). Get a flashlight, a bag, and a big stick, then send your victim out into the wilderness. It makes an even better show to set them up in an area and watch -- but we're not there yet.

Step 2: Into the Fields

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Tell your victim to hold the flashlight up to the bag opening "So they can see it". They should make scratching noises on the ground with the stick as to lure the  snipe in. The snipe should just walk right in the bag in search for food, and you just shut the bag. The only issue is making this believable. You have to have a reason and comeback to every question, and don't shy from making something up -- that's pretty much what the entire thing's about.

Now send them off to the wilderness. It's quite funny to be there with them and point to a place to hunt, then just leave and go to bed.

Step 3: An Extra Step Further

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Now, if you REALLY want to mess with them, get in touch with a policeman (Usually a friend, but if your camping they may be willing to participate in a gag) and ask them to do you a favor. This favor involves coming up to the snipe hunter(s) and asking what they are doing. When they reply "Snipe hunting", the police officer should say something along the lines of, "Snipe hunting? They're not in season!" At this, the bewildered look on their faces would be worth a blockbuster film. The officer should continue, "Who sent you?" The victims should say it was you, and the policeman's response should be, "(Your name)? (S)he's the biggest poacher in the country!" So they will trudge up to your living quarters and knock the door. When the officer asks if the victims are yours, just reply, "I never seen them before," and shut the door.

After that, I suppose you should tell them it was a gag, but you could always make additions. This is always a great story to tell while making S'mores, so the next time you go camping -- snipe hunt!


grannyjones (author)2017-03-05

the truth is that snipes are ugly, dirty, and have little or no usable flesh. Not worth the ammo.

grannyjones (author)2017-03-05

Snipe hunting is SO last century! Do what all the cool kids do and po ke mon go.

IamF1 (author)2016-04-20

another tip that i can add is wearing a ghillie suit for
better chances of hitting a snipe. i get mine from and also from

Tyroberts51 (author)2015-08-09

We used to do this in Ponca ok, there's a cemetery in Ponca with statue that has a Jesus on it and when you shine your head lights on it, it looks like a hanging man, me and my gf used to take our friends out there and pass out the feed sacks and the sticks them split up then me and my gf would run back to the truck and leave them there at 3am.

Angel27551 (author)2015-04-27

I did this t my little brother, except without the police officer. LMAOROFL

garypcom (author)2012-07-22

Here in southern Louisiana, we cajuns love to go snipe hunting. We use shotguns, though. It can be a great day of shooting because they are fast and erratic flyers. Usually you split the hunting party into two groups and walk through the field toward each other. When one groups jumps and shoots at a few birds, they fly toward the second group of hunters who then shoot and make them fly back toward the first group. If you kill enough snipe to eat, you are a GREAT shot. And by the way, they ARE delicious!

he is not making that up i live in south Louisiana and we do go snipe hunting

Thergox (author)garypcom2012-07-23

I'd love to try it myself, but it seems that I'm going to have to take your word for it until I take a trip to Louisiana.

TN777 (author)2014-01-04

One time my grandfather was taking gifts into the house. My mom and I asked him what he was doing, and told me,"snipe hunting".

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HMice (author)Thergox2012-10-01

I was expecting the end to be that they got in big trouble because Snipes are endangered or something!

Thergox (author)HMice2012-10-02

That would have particularly interesting -- but the guy who was telling the story didn't really finish it.

sunshiine (author)2012-09-12

What a great trick!

Thergox (author)sunshiine2012-09-13

Thank you.

illegitimi (author)2012-07-22

Very good.

Of course the term sniper derives from the practice of hunting Snipe in India. they are very small and fast so to hit one was considered the best marksmanship :)

Thergox (author)illegitimi2012-07-22

Very nice fun fact -- that's the same thing written in the World Book, as well.

arkangel1975 (author)2012-07-20

hehehe... I remember being both the victim (once) and the prankster many times back in the Boy Scouts. The new scouts were always fun to mess with.

Thergox (author)arkangel19752012-07-20

I bet -- I've heard dozens of stories about boy scouts pranking their compatriots.

MikeCicc (author)2012-07-19

Awesome. I went on a few snipe hunts in my youth, too. I forgot about them - can't wait to try next time I'm camping with friends.

Thergox (author)MikeCicc2012-07-19

Good times

dreamberry (author)2012-07-17

Snipe iz yummers.

Thergox (author)dreamberry2012-07-17

There is nothing more delectable than mud.

dreamberry (author)Thergox2012-07-17

Don't knock it till you try it. ;)

SelkeyMoonbeam (author)2012-07-17

This is great. I've always wanted to know how to catch a snipe.

Thergox (author)SelkeyMoonbeam2012-07-17

Not catching, hunting ;) Though I suppose you could concoct a robot to run into the bag and really give a scream to your victim.

gedda (author)2012-07-17

As camp counselors we would take the campers on snipe hunts. Some of the counselors would play the role of guides and others would be snipe (snipes?). The "snipe" would hide out in the forest, armed with all sorts of noise making materials - plastic bags, plastic bottles, empty soda cans - but most importantly a squirt gun. Much like you, we'd arm the hunters with a stick and a pillowcase but we wouldn't give them flashlights; snipe are afraid of light! We'd tell them that the snipe make all manner of odd sounds so keep your ears open. They must also stay real quite because a frightened snipe may spit on you! It was a lot of fun watching the kids use the sound cues to home in on the various "snipe" hiding spots and then see them run in terror when the snipe "spit" on them. Eventually the campers figure out what was going on, some counselors would get smacked with sticks, some campers would get soaked with squirt guns and we'd all have a good laugh and go back to camp for S'mores. A few times we had campers that had been on snipe hunts the previous year so we'd bribe them to play along and make things more believable.

Thergox (author)gedda2012-07-17

What an amusing story! That's not a bad way to trick people.

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