Using Traps & Snares

When you’re in a survival situation, and you don’t have the luxury of using a gun, trapping or snaring wild animals is an excellent alternative. Several well-placed traps can actually catch more food than someone with a rifle is likely to shoot.

To get the most out of your trap or snare, you must:

  • Be familiar with the type of game you want to catch.
  • Be able to construct a proper trap.
  • Leave no trace of your presence to the prey.

There is no one size fits all trap. You must first determine what species is in your area, and then set your traps for that type of animals. To find out what animals are in the area Look for the following:

  • Runs and trails.
  • Droppings.
  • Chewed vegetation.
  • Tracks
  • Nesting sites.
  • Feeding and watering areas.

You want to position your traps and snares where there’s obvious signs that an animal will pass by your traps. Find out if it’s a “run” or a “trail.” A trail is used by many types of animals and will be rather distinct. A run, is smaller and less distinct, and will only show signs of one type of animal. Most wild animals have bedding areas, waterholes, and feeding areas with trails that lead from one to the other. To be successful, you have to place your snares and traps in these areas.

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  1. To answer your question on how to snare squrles take small stranded copper wires cat 5 ethernet cable or telephone wire if worst comes to worst you have at least a mile in your house and a nail or thumb tack tack about 12 inches of wire to a limb of a tree under the limb tie a normal snare on the other end position the wire so that when the squirrel runs his head goes through but solders an legs don’t when he fights or flights from the snare he will fall and hang ot of reach of the limb you can set hundreds of these with little effort and big pay off and try to keep it out of reach of other predator s and you don’t ne ed bait also pratice a number fo ur dead fall and normal dead falls but these require bait hope this helps

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    • i tryed & i just doesn’t work lol what kind of knot do you use? i would just bring MRE’s where ever i go i guess… :-/

      • M4 ,a slip knot works best. And if you are having problems you might have to make your loop smaller, and or you aren’t having any action because there aren’t squirrels going through your area or tree that you placed your trap on.

  2. Fix the snares running up a leaning tree that the squirrels are near; baiting the top and spiralling down the tree. the squirrel can run up from any side and get caught in one of the snares as it struggles to get free it will lose footing or it will try to jump to the ground either way the snare will lock and will hang the squirrel. check often because predators will come for an easy lunch.

  3. When I was a kid I had a Boy Scout manual from the 50’s and a military survival manual along with a vivid imagination and loads of time on my hands . I can’t remember which book had the section on snares but I got pretty good at building spring snares using limbs from trees and fishing line . I would set them up along game trails and using huckleberries to bait them and used to catch the heck out of chipmunks and squirrels . Only downside to using fishing line is that that you have to be close by or they will chew through the line and escape .

  4. trapping skills are a must. a snare in the entrance to a beaver house is a sure kill. A trap in a muskrat house in the winter is to. this is meat in the winter that is easy to get. Raccoons are also very easy to catch crossing rivers on logs etc. Fish with set lines. Deer with spring poles and snares. so many ways to catch animals u never see but their tracks. Edible plants like cattails. Arrowhead, wildrice, accorns etc. are easy to get and store to extend your prep food. plus many of these techniques can be concealed.

  5. The key thing on snares is not a simple think you can just go wrap a wire or cordage and expect something out of it. The best wire to use if you don’t but them is picture wire 50 lb you can use string bit there’s the possibility that animal can snap it. The best knot i found is to use a poacher knot. And on the loop twist it a second time for a figure 8 bend it in so it looks like an angle this creates a lock so it will keep tight against the animal. For animals with short stubby necks you need to make the snare large enough for the front portion of it body )head legs for beavers raccoon etc. For canines fox squirrel rabbit your after only head entry. Remember that the trigger to a simple snare is the chest forward force. Tightened the knot at the neck or legs. For more snares spring snares can also be used for fishing instead of a snare add a line and fishing lure or something all snares are diverse the two biggest key on targeting specific animals is 2 key things the size of the loop and the distance from chest to the ground.

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