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The woods are not like your local grocery store where you go to the meat department and pick out your pre-packaged meat, most people never see where there food comes from. In the woods you kill and clean your own meat, so you see where it comes from.


If you practice snaring animals, you will be killing animals and many of them will be cute, snaring is intended to kill an animal so don’t try to catch a pet with a snare, in most places it is against the law.

My first kill wasn’t a pleasant experience; I did not know rabbits scream like a guinea pig as you kill them. The other thing people don’t realise is when you hunt and you shoot an animal with a bow or a gun, they don’t die instantly. I know I hunt, sometimes they run for a mile other times they fall instantly and lay there dying. A friend of mine shot a rabbit with a cross bow bolt (arrow) and it ran under a bolder to die, where he could not retrieve it. Losing your kill is wasting a life and your time. Snaring is a slow way to die, hold your breath for five to fifteen minutes and see how long one minute is. It is one thing to kill this cute Chipmunk slowly for food when you must, it is another to kill it just because you can.

No animals were harmed during the making of this article.
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Step 1: Marking

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Mark your snare placements or you can loose your game and snares, the forest changes quickly sometimes over night, these three photos taken over nine days shows how much and how fast the forest can change.
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lemonie2 years ago
Your statement "NEVER KILL WHAT YOU DON’T EAT." doesn't make sense.


*Excepting the inedible parts.
finton lemonie1 year ago
Lemonie, do you mean
"...proceed to eat it [immediately] afterwards [while it's maybe still warm and perhaps kicking]" or
"...proceed to eat it [sometime] afterwards [when you're back at home]" or
"...proceed to eat it afterwards [but not raw: cook it first]",
or what?
"...afterwards" is a redundancy - no-one should eat anything BEFORE they kill it - and imho makes your statement a trifle wordy. A simpler way to phrase it would be, oh, say, "Never kill what you don't eat"* - not my wording, just some pithy advice I read recently.

*With the exception of mosquitos, white butterfly caterpillars, rats, varroa mites, powdery mildew, stoats, Australian possums**, and so on.

** In New Zealand, the best possum is a dead possum.

***  .... looks up Lemonie's profile: WHOA! Dr Lemonie! Nice. I only have an honours degree (Horticulture)

Josehf Murchison (author)  finton1 year ago
Don’t kill what you don’t eat; it means there is a difference between a hunter and a sadist, respect the life that feeds you. You should try possum pot pie um um good.
Totally with you Josehf on the "Don’t kill what you don’t eat". I certainly don't believe in sadistic treatment of any animals - I would not use snares for example, as I'm not convinced that an animal strangling to death is as humane as a quick-kill trap (look up Timms Traps).

In NZ though, possums are a widespread pest, originally imported from Australia (where they are protected, ironically) for the fur trade. They cause great destruction to native NZ species: killing trees, eating native insects and native birds eggs and young. Ditto stoats, ferrets, weasels.

We could eat possum (I think you're thinking of opposums? *), but another problem in NZ is that they spread tuberculosis, so are not always safe to eat.

If I was a farmer, and dogs were attacking my sheep, I'd have absolutely no reservations about killing them any way I, most humanely, could. But I wouldn't go killing things just for the "sport" - which is where we came in, yeah?
Josehf Murchison (author)  finton1 year ago
I was referring to opossums commonly called possum here, they are invaders in Ontario, and they came up from the US on freight. Now we can kill them in fact it is required by law to kill invasive spices when captured.

I looked up the Timms Trap not sold here.

Snaring is cruel but when you are trying to survive with little resources it becomes a necessity live trapping is preferred. That way you don’t harm animals you don’t want to like the neighbour’s cat.
Josehf Murchison (author)  lemonie2 years ago
I said it right.
How do you get nourishment if I eat it?
My statement leaves it open to nourishing others.
If I proceed to eat it afterwards how do you or someone else get nourishment?
Also preserving for later use is still ethical use.

I don't eat spiders, house-bricks, wood, people and many other things.
Instruction not to kill everything that I don't eat is generally meaningless.

Within a piece about killing animals, the point is not to be snaring things without then cooking and eating them isn't it?
Such as "Don't just snare animals for fun".

Josehf Murchison (author)  lemonie2 years ago

Critiques are not to stroke ones ego like a phallus.
Nor are they to be said in anger or malice.
If ones structure points to a technique.
Then that’s what must be pointed out in critiques.

Whether Waka, Tie or Haiku.
Only the rules in these will do.
Not every one will like what you write.
So don’t consider critiques a slight.

If you don’t understand what I say
To this next part, attention do pay.
Perfect in structure shape and form.
For Tie poetry this is the norm.

Tie Poetry

Tie poetry has three very strict rules.
1. Every word must be one syllable.
2. Only two lines in the poem.
3. Only three words in a line.
With that in mind this is a poem.

Up your but.
You numb nut.

Josehf Lloyd Murchison
That's verry cool,i did not know that kind of poëtry.You Ace'd it Joe
Josehf Murchison (author)  BLUEBERRY352 years ago
It is in my "Book Melodious Verse"

Nice poem.
Do you understand what I said?

Josehf Murchison (author)  lemonie2 years ago
Yes I understand you perfectly.
To quote you, “I don't eat spiders, house-bricks, wood, people and many other things.”

In Cambodia spiders are a common dish.
And you murder people but don’t eat them.
How do you kill inanimate objects like bricks and wood?

Dude what have you been smoking?

I my be weird but at least I have style.

I'm wierd too, but I gave up cigarettes.
(I wasn't sure, thanks)

tjesse lemonie2 years ago
Lemonie, I see where you are coming from, however, I must say that this is an argument that makes you look petty and foolish. This was the smallest mistake in the article, you don't see me mention the fact that he had multiple spelling errors like "Never waist your time" or "wire from pitcher hanging wire", because I'm better than that. You don't see me commenting about the fact that I was disappointed to only see one crudely made snare and information gathered from T.V. shows.
"Try not to kill in vain", would be a less confusing statement.
lemonie tjesse2 years ago

It's not petty, it's about good communication.
I like "Try not to kill in vain", you put it much better as you've not tied yourself to the original format.
Spelling etc is of less interest to me than the fundamentals.

tjesse lemonie2 years ago
The satire was lost in print. Although, I do see a lot of meaningless ball-busting on this site. "Because I'm better than that" was written in jest and I hoped that in would show that I to am guilty of critiquing.
What's more fundamental to communication than spelling?
I'm sorry if you were not aware of some of the errors in this instructable, if you feel the statement is not confusing then let this conversation be proof. NEVER TAKE OFFENSE WHAT YOU DON'T READ. I'm going to now eat the dog I had to put down. Just Kidding. If you could, I would include the pictures of snares that are not easy. It just seems like you took a picture of a wire loop and some mushrooms and said "now survive". But, then again, what do I know?
Josehf Murchison (author)  tjesse2 years ago
I don’t think lemonie read the whole piece if he did he would realise that the saying, “NEVER KILL WHAT YOU DON’T EAT” is an old saying and I clarified it afterwards.

Also he took the saying outside the context of the article on snaring.

And please do mention “Word confusion” this is not spelling, I do appreciate it. I write in MSword and sometimes MSword automatically puts the wrong word in what I am writing. I have turned off that option but it still does it.

Word confusion is, Which witch is which? There is a difference between spelled wrong and word confusion. Which and witch are both spelled correctly, when misused in a sentence it is word confusion not a spelling error. Word confusion is a more concise term then spelling mistake or spelled wrong. Spell checks can tell you if the word is spelled wrong, in the dialect you are writing in, they cannot tell you if you are spelling the wrong word and Msword sometimes automatically puts the wrong word in.

Dialect confusion is, “Prise Vs Prize.” Both words are spelled correctly and both words have the same meaning. Just in one place they are accustomed to spelling it Prise, and in another place they are accustomed to spelling it Prize. In Canada both are correct.

Don’t correct the spelling of my name, it is Josehf.

I like my Dog with a little curry and garlic.
Ha Ha
You are referring to homophones. If you were given the word waste in a spelling bee you would ask to hear it in a sentence... "Don't waste your time." W-a-i-s-t is misspelled. I'm not word confused, it's misspelled.
Who corrected your name?
Josehf Murchison (author)  tjesse2 years ago
Josehf is Spanish and Aramaic spelling of Joseph. But then again, Juan and Jose is Joseph also.

I mean Msword changed it when I made a typo, then I missed it while I was proofreading. I write in MSword and sometimes MSword automatically puts the wrong word in what I am writing.

This is the program making the word confusion.
The program cannot interpret a sentence. Therefore, it corrects to what it thinks you are saying.

Remember programmers are people and they cannot think of every thing.
That was a total of three errors in editing which I have corrected.
Thanks for pointing them out I missed them.

The rest of what you think of as miss spelling is dialect.

Dialect confusion is, “Prise Vs Prize.” Both words are spelled correctly and both words have the same meaning. Just in one place, they are accustomed to spelling it Prise, and in another place, they are accustomed to spelling it Prize. In Canada, both are correct.

Remember there are over eighteen different dialects of English in use worldwide, yours is not the only one that is correct. This sight is open to the whole world is it not?

However, please do point out errors that I missed, after all, I am people to.
What are you talking about? I am not the grammar police, I don't care about why it happend or if you change it or where your name is from (why did you even bring that up?) What makes you think I care about programmers or any of that stuff you keep repeating about prizes. I understand what your talking about, I just don't know why you are repeating yourself. I'm done.
Josehf Murchison (author)  tjesse2 years ago
45 years of people telling me my name is spelled wrong and,
“What's more fundamental to communication than spelling?
Or did I take this out of context?
I was talking to lemonie and wanted to then talk to you so I addressed you, like in a letter. I was not saying anything about your name, honestly I didn't think it was spelled wrong. I assumed it was just how some people spelled it.
Josehf Murchison (author)  tjesse2 years ago
Out of context.
If I do make a mistake, do point it out.
I like quotes and page numbers.
Can you imagine going through a 150,000 word novel only to find the person claming a misspelling made a dialect error.
TheStudio71 year ago
This is fabulous, since they have banned all guns in my country, snaring is the only way to go in dire situations. Thanks.
Josehf Murchison (author)  TheStudio71 year ago
Where do you live?
There are a number of good instructables on traps here like the figure 4 trap you might like looking up.
Australia. The worst nanny government on the planet.
And yeah, thanks for that, any knowledge I can get on how I can make things myself is the way to go.
Josehf Murchison (author)  TheStudio71 year ago
Have you checked out coil guns?
jkimm71 year ago
what if you are doing this for pest control? i dont want to eat a rat
Josehf Murchison (author)  jkimm71 year ago
Cat food
i dont have a cat
Josehf Murchison (author)  jkimm71 year ago
Dog food! they are also good bate for large Pike and Bass fishing so do baby ducks. I have a friend that feeds mice and rats to his Oscar it's cool he dangles them just above the water by the tail and the Oscar jumps up and takes them from his hand.
sweet fish bait in my backyard that wont go away i guess it could be cood
Josehf Murchison (author)  jkimm71 year ago
If you want to see something cool toss one between two adult Muscovy ducks.
ha ha alright then
Would it hurt to put a piece of green or camo duct tape where you wrapped the wire around itself?
As long as it doesn't interfere with where the snare slides.
doflagie2 years ago
Great 'ible. Great photos. I love that people are learning to take care of themselves. Practice is needed before survival application. And you should include trapped meat in your daily diet. Otherwise, you may have a problem with the squirts when you first start trying to survive. Plants and fungi too!

I see someone else mentioned It's an excellent site. Ron Hood has an excellent method for making the loop for a snare. The little twisty loop that you run the tail through to make the snare loop. Wind the end of wire around a small stick. 6 - 8 wraps. It should look something like a spring. Break and remove the stick and you have a nice tight coil to thread the other end of your wire through, making the snare. This coil tends to hold fairly large animals without unwinding. Remember to dress the short end so it doesn't stick your supper in the eye. You might end up with no supper :-( Ah well, back to meat bees...where's that piece of bullion cube I had left over?
Josehf Murchison (author)  doflagie2 years ago
To look at my photographs you would not know I am visually impaired or blind.
I am planning to add photoes of trails in the snow.
You're doing a damn good job! And that stick trick could be handy It's something you can feel. The stick should be about the size of a pen filler. The coils of wire touching each other, and the short sharp end tucked in or nipped off. All of this can be felt (I tried it inside a photo changing bag before I typed this :-) The only gotcha I found was that the stick could leave pieces in the coil when you try to break it out. They seemed to dislodge when I threaded the other end of the wire through.

Keep up the good work! (You've got another follower :-)

flamesami2 years ago
Is a deadfall a trap or a snare? It does sound better as "deadfall trap" I suppose.
Good instructable, but I think it would be better if you described size, positioning(along the trail) and possibly best target species (what you find easiest to snare, most plentiful, tastiest, ...)
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