The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

You have got to learn how to set up a pencil snare for your own good. This simple guide will you show how. Knowledge of this simple trapping mechanism will prepare you for any survival situation. Learn how to trap game for food and defend your bug out cabin with this pencil snare!

Part 7: The Pencil Snare | Trap for Your Life

The Pencil Snare

We have come to the last of the survival snares in the Trap for Your Life series. The upcoming articles of the Trap for Your Life series will be on constructing deadfall traps. Later on in the series, we will be constructing fish traps, pitfall traps, traps made from household supplies, and bird traps. There are so many traps you can learn so that you may be able to trap for your life!

In this article, I will be constructing the pencil snare.

One of my most famous trapping quotes is, “A trap is like someone else hunting for you when you can’t. It is truly your best hunting buddy.”

A trap is really like having someone else hunt for you. You may begin to wonder, Why can’t I just hunt in a survival situation rather than trap? Hunting takes up to thousands of critical calories that you need to survive, while trapping takes very few. Trapping is really the only way to go that if you want to survive for a long period of time.

This being said, let’s get started on the pencil snare.

What You'll Need:

  • 20 gauge wire
  • Two sticks, about 12 to 18 inches long
  • A thin stick (the pencil stick), about 12 inches long
  • Paracord
  • A knife
  • Pliers
  • A thin twig or pencil

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Step 1. Spot a Suitable Hunting Ground

Spot a Suitable Hunting Ground | The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

Look for a game (animal) trail. Signs of a good game trail will include scat, footprints, and/or trampled the grass.

Along the game trail, find a flexible sapling. Tie your paracord on to the sapling.

Spot a Suitable Hunting Ground | The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

Spot a Suitable Hunting Ground | The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

Take both of the 12 to 18-inch sticks and carve a groove in them, towards the top.

Sharpen the other end of those sticks using your knife. Push them into the ground. The grooves should be facing each other and the distance between the two sticks should be equal to the length of the pencil stick.

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Step 2. Setting Up the Snare

Setting Up the Snare | The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

Using your pliers, cut about 10 to 12 inches of wire. Grab your pencil or twig and the wire. Loop the wire around the pencil twice. Twisty-tie the loop to the other part of the wire.

Setting Up the Snare | The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

Pull the pencil out. Put the normal end of the wire through the loop, and make that loop 2 ½ to 3 inches in diameter, depending on the size of your targeted animal. Attach the snare on to the middle of the pencil stick.

Setting Up the Snare | The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

Take the paracord that should be hanging down from the sapling and pull it down toward the two sticks in the ground. Make a good and tight length from the sapling to the sticks.

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Step 3. How to Trap Your Game

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While you hold the paracord in position, tie it to the middle of the pencil stick. Then push the pencil stick in between the two sticks in the ground, and it should fit into the groove. It should look like the images shown below.

How to Trap Your Game | The Pencil Snare: Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

This snare is triggered when the animal enters the snare’s noose. He will go through the snare, pushing out the pencil stick from its groove. It will then release the sapling, causing the snare to go up in the air, trapping the animal. This snare is ideal for trapping chipmunks, squirrels, rabbits, small opossums, and small groundhogs.

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Follow the full guide to see how the pencil snare works in this video from Locke 6206:

Now you know what you need to do and how to get it done if you ever get caught in a survival situation. A simple pencil snare can totally make a difference in your survival. Check out the rest of the Trap for your Life series here to up your game!

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What do you think of the pencil snare and this guide to make one? Share your thoughts about it in the comments section below!

Up Next: Trap For Your Life: Part 10 | Make Your Own Water Trap

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on April 22, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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