Some real tips and advice you wont get from survival books and manuals!
If you had to trap and snare game with the contents of your survival kit, would it feed you?
Lets talk snares- specifically.
Trapping is a numbers game, so the more snares you can carry the better!
A roll or 2 of thin gauge garden wire is a GREAT addition to a survivors kit and carry. The wire I use comes on a compact 100′ roll and it comes with its own wire cutting tab.
This wire is great for a multitude of uses and repairs along with the 100+ plus snares you are now carrying!
Its always nice when operating in colder weather to have a few of these snares pre made and ready to go.
Below are a few more personal thoughts and ideas that you will NOT find in survival manuals that you may find helpful and enlightening.
Thanks for your time!
- I prefer 22-24ga garden wire for squirrel snares. Its green and comes in a compact 200ft roll that fits inside a coffee mug and includes a handy wire cutter!
- Green thin wire is almost invisible in the woods
- An average squirrel snare is 24″ in overall length before its twisted into shape. When you make the “slide” loop, it should be about 3/8 of an inch and doubled up loosely. The excess wire should wrap a few times back onto the main line and the sharp tag end be pointing INSIDE the loop. This helps snag the skin and fur further securing the catch.
- The main snare loop size should be about 4 fingers in diameter and suspended about 2 fingers off of the support pole or branch.
- The excess wire securing the snare to the pole should be wrapped multiple times to make the snare more rigid. This helps the snare keep a specific position when set.
- Do not set snares near inside corners of trees and branches. Squirrels are leapers and jump to cut corners. They utilize open long runways when not leaping. Place snares about 3 feet apart when possible.
- Do not use a pole or branch LARGER than the snare loop! Having a small snare on a big branch offers options for the critter to bypass. Give them one way- thru your snare!
- To prevent “JUMP OVER” place a branch with some foliage about a foot on either side of the set snare. They are more apt to jump over and run through the snare only to get caught. They focus on the first obstacle they encounter!
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