Make a Snare From a $1 Dog Lead




Introduction: Make a Snare From a $1 Dog Lead

This is a handy item that can be used if you hunt and trap, or if you go on a camping trip and become lost.  It can be used to snare small animals up to around 50 pounds.  The dog lead cost $1 from our local store where everything is $1.  This took me less than 10 minutes to make.

For instructions on various ways to use snares, I suggest doing some internet research on trapping and snaring, as well as on survival.

Note:  Please be aware of your local laws on trapping and snaring.  Some states require a license for trapping and snaring, even when done on private land.  Other states do not require a license if trapping and snaring on your own land, or on private land.

Step 1: Items Needed

Very few items are needed for this project.  They are as follows.
Dog tie out cable (a.k.a. the dog lead)
Needle nose vice grips (optional)

Step 2: Remove the Lead From the Packaging

Take the lead out of its packaging.  The lead should be held in a coil by 2 zip ties.  Use your snips to remove the zip ties.

Step 3: Removing the Clips

Once the dog lead is uncoiled, you will find a clip at both ends.  These will need to be removed and saved.  Using the pliers, I started by bending the tab above the pin that held the clip onto the loop back and forth, until the tab snapped off.  Then I bent the pin up until I could slip the loop free of the clip.

Once the clip is free of the loop, you will need to remove the remnants of that attachment.  Using the pliers, I removed the reaming tabs on the connector.  Using the snips, I cut the last of the connector to the post of the clip, and used the pliers to remove that list bit.  Finally, the clip is free and usable.

Repeat this for the other clip.

Step 4: Making the Actual Snare

What you should have now is a vinyl coated steel cable with a small loop at each end, and 2 clips.  Take one loop and pass thread it through the other.  This make take a bit of gentle forcing.  If it does, carefully pull and push the loop through with the pliers or option needle nose vice grips.  You should now have one loop passed through the other, creating one big out of the whole wire.

Attach the clip to the small loop that you just passed through the other small loop.  Adjust the clip so that the loop is at the bottom of the clip.  The cable should move smoothly through the small loop without coming undone. 

Congratulations!  You've just finished making the snare.

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    This is really useful! I have wanted to try snares for a while but was stuck on how to acquire the snares. Now I know how I can get into it! Thanks a lot!

    camping crazy

    This would make a really good coyote snare and a lot easier to make than the traditional ones with steel cable and clamps!!