The Trigger 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!

You need:

Two sticks, 24 gauge wire, para-cord, bait (if you have any), a knife, pliers, sandpaper, and a pencil.

Note: There are laws regarding traps.

Step 1: The Two Sticks

Get your knife and the two sticks (this part may take some time). Make one stick have an pointy end. The pointy end stick should be at least two feet long. Using that same stick and your knife, cut at the top of the stick, a one inch groove. (Like the picture above) Get your other stick and cut a portion of the stick in half, but leave inch normal. Smooth the groove using sandpaper or a file. Now see if the groove and the other stick fit together, like the picture above!

Step 2: The Snare

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. Put the normal end of the wire through the loop, and make that loop 3 to 4 inches in diameter. Attach the snare onto the bottom of the stick that is cut in half.

Step 3: Paracord

Get your paracord tie it onto a sapling. Then find a good length from the sapling to the snare. Once you find your length, tie the other end of the cord to the top of the stick that is cut in half.

Step 4: Setting the Snare

Put your grooved stick in the ground using your pointy end. Pull down the other stick with the cord on it and pull let down and set it in the groove. It should hold, if not cut the groove in that stick deeper.

Step 5: Baiting the Snare

Now if you stuck in the woods with no food, you don't have bait! Duh! So you hafta rely on the fact that that animal travels that way! However, if you are doing the trapping just for fun, use crunchy peanut butter to bait it. You are ready to go, if you can't figure this snare out please PM us!



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3 years ago

It is probably illegal to use snares liek this in many countried, the instructable should warn about this.

2 replies

There is already a note in the intro saying, "Note: There are laws regarding traps." Its has said that since day 1. So there you go. :)


3 years ago

Your pics make it real hard to read text. No enough contrast. Some links to pics dont work.

1 reply

There are no links unto the pictures, not sure what you mean by that. Yes the contrast is not so great, this photos were made 2 years ago, back when Blake did it himself.


3 years ago

Can you explain how it triggers? Is the one branch a live sapling arm that is held by the other stick? Not really sure. Thanks

1 reply

One stick is setting in another stick. Stick 1 (in the picture above) has paracord and the snare itself onto it. When the animal walk through the snare, stick 1 is pushed out of stick 2, triggering the snare. I hope that makes sence.

Jack Friday

3 years ago

Great! But could you make a clean diagram or drawing to show the mechanics of the trap?

2 replies

yes I can, I'll get somebody working on that now, thanks. If there is anything else we can help you with, please let us know.