The Squirrel Snare

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One day, you might find yourself lost in the woods while camping! One day, the stock market will crash and are YOU ready to survive? Traps and Snares are one of the most important things while surviving. Blake Alma, the founder of The Art of the Outdoorsman once said, "A trap is as someone else hunting for you when you can't, it is truly your best hunting buddy!" This is so true. Unlike fishing poles and firearms, traps and snares work when you are sleeping! So learning how to make a simple snare is indeed helpful for it is an art of an outdoorsman!. Let's get started! (The video above, is Blake Alma making a simple snare, so please watch)

You need:

Pliers, 24 gauge wire, a pencil, and a large stick.

Note: There are laws regarding trapping

Step 1: The Sliding Loop

Using your pliers, cut about 15 to 20 inches of wire. Grab your pencil and the wire. Loop the wire around the pencil twice. Twisty tie the loop to the other part of the wire. Pull the pencil out.

Step 2: The Snaring Loop

Put the normal end of the wire through the loop, and make that loop 2 inches diameter (which is the size of you fist).

Step 3: Tying the Loop

Grab your large stick and attach the snare onto it by wrapping the extra wire to the stick. Then twisty tie the rest back around it. It should look like the picture in step 2.

Step 4: Setting the Snare and Stick

Attach several snares to the stick to catch more than one (optional). Now you need to test the snare and see how it works. Make your hand is as like putting on a mitten and slide your hand through the snare. Your thumb should be pointing down and the snare should tighten around your hand. Set the stick on a tree that squirrel often travel on.

Step 5: Baiting Your Snare

Now if you stuck in the woods with no food, you don't have bait! Duh! So you hafta rely on the fact the squirrel often travels on the tree you set the stick on. However, if you are trapping for fur, use crunchy peanut butter to bait it. Now you are ready to trap squirrels!



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    8 Discussions


    2 years ago

    using para cord is there a good way to make sure the snare stays on top of the branch


    3 years ago

    I'm gonna try this now Its gonna be out where I don't go every day so I don't know where they travel so how should I go about figuring out which tree they climb up

    2 replies

    Reply 3 years ago

    oh and I'm deathly allergic to peanuts. any other ways of baiting?

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    3 years ago

    I agree with TeresaM7, to trap or snare an animal for the thrill of it is wrong and sad. Only in a survival situation would I consider this type of practice as it is considered an inhumane means to hunt.