Trap For Your Life (Part 7)

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Part 7: 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 that you can learn so that you may be able to trap for your life!

In this article, I will be construct 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 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


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

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


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


Make the other end of those sticks pointy, using your knife. Push them into the ground. The grooves should be facing each other and the length between the two sticks should be the same length as the pencil stick.

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.

loop wire around pencil

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.

twist tied wire


Take the paracord that should be hanging down from the sapling and pull it down toward the two sticks in the ground. Pull it down making a good and tight length from the sapling to the sticks. 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 within the groove. It should look like the the images below.




This snare is triggered when the animal enters the snare’s noose. He will go through the snare, pushing out the pencils 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.

Now that you’ve trapped your food, you need to be able to cook it. Check out our article “6 Off the Grid Cooking Tips” for some pointers.

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