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

Learn to set a squirrel snare and earn yourself a survival skill you can count on whatever card nature hands you to deal with!

In this article:

  1. Learning How to Make a Snare is a Survival Skill
  2. First Things First: The Survival Kit
  3. How to Build an Altoid Can Survival Kit
  4. How to Make a Squirrel Trap
  5. How to Make a Squirrel Snare Trap

Trap Squirrels with This DIY Squirrel Snare Trap

Learning How to Make a Snare Is a Survival Skill

Learning to hunt using snares is a must-have survival skill to have since food is vital to survival. A squirrel snare, in particular, is better learned because of the abundance of this small game in the wild.

Thousands of people are lost in the wilderness with no way of surviving because they didn't anticipate these scenarios. It's essential to keep in check your available sources of food and learn survival hunting traps.

This is why we're here to teach you how to make homemade animal traps. In particular, we will learn how to make a squirrel snare trap and how to make it work, too.

First Things First: The Survival Kit

Having a survival kit is a very safe way to prepare for anything, indeed. In fact, a kit about the size of your phone can literally save your life.

You will need an Altoids box, a mini utility knife, some matches, some bandages, and a mini compass. Also throw in a couple of small antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) packets, a pencil, and 10 feet of 24 gauge floral wire.

Another very helpful item I carry in my kit is a survival card. In fact, I personally carry the UST Survival Card, and Survival Life has their own version — the Survival Business Card.

These very thin cards include:

  • A mini Philips head screwdriver
  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • An attachment loop
  • Magnifying glass
  • 8-sided bolt head wrench
  • A position wrench (4 sizes)
  • Butterfly wrench
  • Large flat head screwdriver
  • Bottle opener
  • File edge
  • Knife edge
  • Can opener
  • A 2” (5cm) ruler
  • Amini compass

It is very inexpensive, too, because it costs only seven dollars. It can also fit in your kit with all the other supplies. On that note, I recommend having this card in your survival kit.

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How to Build an Altoid Can Survival Kit

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First, you need to break the pencil in half and roll the wire around it, then take all your supplies and place them within the Altoids box. I trust you have made a nice little survival kit.

It is not only handy in a survival situation but in any difficulty which arises. You might give yourself a cut and you need a bandage.

You might also need to cut through something, so its uses are varied and handy, indeed.

Now that you got your survival kit, you might wonder, “Why do I have wire? What good will that do me?” The wire is for making traps or at this point, a squirrel snare.

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How to Make a Squirrel Trap

The snare trap is constructed from a cord, wire, string, line, or cable. When the animal enters the snare, the noose (loop) then tightens around its body or neck.

Snares can be homemade very easily or purchased online. The wire you have in your kit is quite thin, making it good for rabbits and squirrels.

Yes, squirrels, because you can eat squirrels and they are quite good — that is, if you like chicken. They are a rich source of protein, too, which will save you in a survival situation.

But, if you don't know how to make a snare, what good will the wire do for you? Not much.

So why not take a few minutes to learn how to make a trap for your life? A few minutes can save you many years.

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How to Make a Squirrel Snare Trap

Note: There are laws regarding trapping so make sure to consult your state laws before using a squirrel snare trap or any animal trap.

Step 1: Cut and Loop

First, cut the wire for about 15-20 inches with your knife. Next, grab your pencil and the wire, then loop the wire around the pencil twice. Now, twist and tie the loop by using the pencil. After that, it's time to pull the pencil out.

Step 2: Pull and Loop

Put the other end of the wire through the loop and make that loop 2 ½ inches in diameter (which is the size of your fist).

Step 3: Wrap the Extra Wire Around

Grab your large stick or log and attach the squirrel snare to it by wrapping the extra length of the wire to the stick. Then, twisty tie the rest back around it.

Step 4: Attach the Snares

Attach several snares to the stick/log to catch more tree squirrels. Now, you need to test the squirrel snare and see how and if it works.

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.

Set the stick on a tree where squirrels often climb on.

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Step 5: Place the Bait

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Now if you're stuck in the woods with no food, you don't have bait! Duh!

You have to wait for a squirrel to scale up the tree you set the ramp on. But, if you are testing the squirrel snare or practicing, use crunchy peanut butter to bait it.

Do not place bait on the snare but behind it.

Now you are ready to trap squirrels using your DIY squirrel snare trap!

Get to know more tips on creating survival hunting traps by watching this video from Asian Daily Net Channel:

You cannot last long without food or water because they're vital to life! So, you must know the basics of survival, including hunting big games or trapping small ones in case these things ever happen.

Thus, with skills in animal trapping, you will now feel more confident about surviving in the wild. And survive, you must!

Did we miss anything in our steps in creating a DIY squirrel snare trap? Tell us in the comments section below!

Up Next: Trap For Your Life (Part 2)

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published on May 28, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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