What is a Snare Trap?

Nomenclature of a snare trap

Snares are a great tool for trapping small game. These traps are known to be used in early civilizations as a means of survival. Now we have a more modernized version of these traps that are used by hunters, fur trappers, survivalists, and native people. Snares are, light and easy to carry.

How to set up a snare

1. Anchor your snare

550 cord anchor

The easiest part is anchoring your snare. Use 550 cord, or multipurpose wire, or even a wire coat hanger, and loop it through the swivel. Afterwards, tie it securely around the base of a solid object or tree.

Note: Make sure you always check your surroundings before you set a snare. Are there any pets around that could get caught or even children?

2. Setting your snare

Animal run

The best areas to place snares are next to small well-traveled trails. These trails are often called "runs." These runs often lead to water sources, shelters, nests, and dens.


Positioning of snare

Once you anchor your snare, adjust the head height for your target animal. Make sure you put the loop in an area where it can support itself up.

Remember if the snare is too high up, the targeted animal will crawl right under it.

  • Raccoon - Loop size: 8"- 9" Snare height: 3" to 4"
  • Beaver - Loop size 9" -10"   Snare height 2" to 3"
  • Bobcat - Loop size 7" - 8"    Snare height: 10" to 12"
  • Coyote - Loop size 9" - 10"  Snare height 9" to 10"
  • Rabbit  Loop size 3" - 4.5" Snare height 1.5" to 2.5"

 3.  Monitor your trap

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Animals baited in these traps will most likely be expired when you find them caught. The one-way lock allows the loop to close around the neck of the animal which quickly causes loss of circulation and a bloodless clean catch.
A quick video on how to set up a snare trap

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