The Basic Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 2)

Master the basic snare trick so you can trap more than just squirrels and be a survival expert, too!

In this article:

  1. The Squirrel Snare: Trap for Your Life (Part 1)
  2. Basic Snare Tips and Techniques
  3. How to Make Snares

A Basic Snare Guide with Trapping Tips and Techniques

The Squirrel Snare: Trap for Your Life (Part 1)

In the previous article of our Trap for Your Life series, we talked about having a survival kit with you at all times. We also talked about how to construct a snare designed for trapping squirrels only.

Unfortunately, we cannot survive on squirrels for long. You need sufficient nutrients to match your physical needs by a variety of food source.

Eventually, you’ll need to create a snare designed to trap more than just squirrels. Making an animal snare, especially the basic ones are simple enough, but making them work will be the tricky part.

Learn different survival hunting traps, and make sure a basic snare is on your to-do list!

Basic Snare Tips and Techniques

Trapping with snares look easy on paper and TV shows, but most often, a trap you set up will go for days without catching any. So where do you think it's going wrong? A good answer or question, rather, is where do you position an effective animal trap?

Here are some tips you should consider as to where to place a trap:

1. By a Hole

Most small games live underground and dig holes or burrows. It isn't difficult to spot holes but sometimes, they aren't in abundance.

If you see a chipmunk or rabbits come out of nowhere, it most likely came out of a hole. That might be a good spot for a snare and with your bait, you have that in the bag now.

2. Animal Dung

Most games, both big and small, rely on their sense of smell to spot danger. Since you are technically a predator, they've somewhat become familiar with your scent. That is why one of the most effective animal deterrents is the human scent to suggest your presence.

Our goal here is to invite animals and not scare them away. So when you are setting traps, it's important to mask your presence. Animal dung is the best way to do this and so the best place to set traps.

When you find scat, it might mean an animal travels through that area. So, it might be a good spot to set your snare near or over it.

3. Animal Footprints

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Now, we all have seen footprints in the snow before, but do you know what kind of animal it is? Searching on the internet for different animal footprints will be helpful.

Set a snare where the footprints are because that is your sign of an actual food source. This will then make your success rate much higher.

4. Where the Acorns Are

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Look for white and red oak trees. They most likely have acorns, meaning squirrels and chipmunks will feast on them, so it might also be a good place to set your trap.

5. Trampled Grass

You might see grass in a park or in your yard all trampled (bent over) down. It is like that because something travels over it often. It is called a game trail or path.

If it is not very wide of a path, squirrels, chipmunks, or rabbits most likely travel that way, making it a great place to set snares.

Now that we got that covered, we need to talk about constructing your small animal snare.

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How to Make Snares

What You'll Need:

  • Pliers
  • 24 gauge wire
  • A pencil
  • A strong stick

Note: There are laws regarding hunting and trapping so check with your local laws first if you plan to.

Step 1: Set Up Your Pencil Trigger

Looping the wire in the pencil | The Basic Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 2)
First, using your pliers, cut about 15 to 20 inches of wire. Next, grab your pencil and the wire.

Loop the wire around the pencil twice. Twisty tie the loop by rotating the pencil around, then pull the pencil out.

Step 2: Wire Loop

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Put the other end of the wire through the loop. For squirrels, make that loop 2 ½ inches in diameter (which is the size of your fist), rabbits at 4 inches, groundhogs and opossums at 5 inches.

Step 3: Through the Loop

Wire on the ground | The Basic Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 2)
Grab your stick and attach the snare onto it by wrapping the extra length of the wire to the stick. Then twisty tie the rest back around it. Carving a groove, with a knife, in the stick is ideal so your snare stays in place.

Step 4: Trigger Mechanism

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Stake your snare in the ground of the desired location. Make sure your snare is sitting up correctly.

Step 5: Test Your Snare

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Now you need to test the snare and see how and if it works at all. Make your hand as if you are 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.

Watch this video from Management Advantage for more snare ideas and animal trapping techniques:

Hopefully, this good ol’ snare will trap for your life correctly. I have trapped several animals with this snare and I know you can, too! Never stop…no matter how hard it gets…keep trapping for your dear life!

Have you tried to set up an animal trap lately? How did it go? Share your experience with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on March 15, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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