Preparing Your Trap
To make a snare trap, you will need wire, a small stick, and a piece of string or cord.
To begin, tie one end of your piece of string to the piece of wire.
Next, take the other end of the string and make a slipknot with it.
The slipknot should be big enough to fit over the end of the stick, but not so big that the stick will slide through it.
Now take your stick and slide the slipknot over the end of it. It should now be held on with a loop of the string coming off of each end of the stick.
Step 1: Source the materials for a noose
You have three options when it comes to making your snare trap noose. Each has its pros and cons.
Wire: you can use braided wire or just wind a bunch of thin, strong wire. If you choose wire for your noose, you’ll want something that you don’t mind the elk breaking, because they will eventually break it. Sturdy wire is a good choice.
Thin Nylon Cord: Just like the wire, you’ll want to use a strong, thin, cord for the noose. You can use a much longer length of cord as you’re building your trap. You also should be able to pull a lot more weight with the same size cord.
Thin Rope: For a very small snare trap, you might want to use a thin rope for your snare trap noose. The reason to use rope is that you can make your rope noose much bigger.
Step 2: Attach the noose to the frame
Use a carabiner to place your noose on the end of a thin stick. You should end up with a stick with a noose at one end, and the noose hanging from that end.
Step 3: Attach trip trigger
Step 2: Find a Suitable Location to Set Your Trap
Snare traps are put out to catch rats. They will take the rats and hold them until they die, or they will hold the rats until you collect them.
If you want to keep the rats around so you can relocate them, then you should try to make the snare trap as humane as possible. This means you will have to try to collect the rat as quickly as you can. The rat will most likely be scared after it is caught and you will need to try to make it as easy for it as possible, which helps it calm down.
Once you have the snare trap set up as best as possible, you need to make sure that you set it up away from your home. This will also help the rat continue to be calm. Do not put the snare trap out right next to your home or you will risk the rat hitting the wires as it runs away and injuring itself.
Make sure you put the snare trap in a very quiet place. You do not want the rat to be scared out of its mind when it gets caught, so it is very important to put it in a place that is quiet.
You also need to make sure you remember exactly where you put the snare trap and do not leave it out in the wild. You do not want other animals to get caught in your snare trap.
Step 3: Find a Sapling Tree to Make Your Trap “Active”
After finding a suitable tree to use as the “base”, it is time to find a sapling tree to use for the main part of the trap. For the active part of the trap, you’re going to want to find a sapling about two feet long. Look for sticks with an “S” shape. While you are gathering sticks, you’re going to want to pick up some heavy rocks and logs. Use the rocks and logs as weights for the part of the trap that’s over the hole.
Step 5: Make Your Trigger
When your snare is set up, you want to make sure that there is a trigger. Without a trigger, it doesn’t catch any animals. To do this, you will need a hard wood branch that is 2.5cm x 10cm (1 inch x 4 inch). Cut it down to size, then find the center of it. From this center point, you need to carve a shallow, horizontal slot down the center of the branch. The goal is for the ends of the branch to stick out far enough so that they are sharp.
So, if you hold the branch horizontally in front of you, the bottom end of it will be sharpened.
Remember to use gloves when carving, and be careful not to get your fingers too close to the blades. Dust from the carving may also irritate your eyes, so keep your eyes squeezed shut when carving wood.
So, this is how you cut trees, make the snare trap and how to carve the trigger.
A simple rubber band is the easiest trigger to attach. Just take one, and wrap it completely around the top part of the branch. The goal is to make the bottom end stick out by about a centimeter.
Now here’s where you have to remain alert, cautious and prudent. When setting this trap, make sure that this end of the branch is pointing away from your hand.
Step 6: Set Your Trap
Now that all your supplies are prepared, you can use your snares for trapping. But where should you set your traps?
You want to look for a location that is convenient for your trapping needs. Want to trap rabbit? Place your trap where you know the rabbit will pass—along the edge of your lawn, near your garden, or near shrubs and brush. This will be in an open area that gives the rabbit easy access.
Want to trap land animals? Look for the same kind of access. Clear paths from your foundation to your garden, near the water, or near the shrubs and brush. Anything that gives the animal easy access to your home is a good place to set the snare.
Want to trap beaver, raccoon, or other water dwelling animal? Set the snare where you know the animal will pass from the water to the land where you have easy access: near your dock, a fallen tree, or along the banks of the stream.
Land- or water-living animals have different preferences for walking. Water animals prefer to walk in wet sand or dirt, while land animals prefer dry, tilled soil. So take your traps to your location and place them as close to the path of the animal as you can to assure that the animal makes contact with the trigger.
Step 7: Lay Your Bait
Place your bait on the end of the snare right under the trigger spring. The bait should be centered the same way in which you positioned your trigger prior. If you used tuna, cut a piece and place it under the trigger. If you used bacon, cut a slice and place it under the trigger. If you used lizard, place a piece under the trigger. Lay the bait flat and put your trigger pin on top of the bait.
Chapter 12. Electronics
Let's face it – there's nothing like modern technology to put a smile on our face. Technology can make our lives easier and more entertaining, and it's an ideal gift for someone who lives on their own and is always busy. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and other gadgets make our lives easier and more fun.
Step 8: Kick back, relax, and wait for your supper!
After your trap has been set, the fun part begins! It is best to check your traps early in the morning. This way, any trapped animals will have plenty of time to recover before nightfall. There will be no blood trails because you have lured them with a concave piece of earth instead of bait.
Take the animal back to your camp and prepare to eat. If the animal is small enough to cook over a fire, such as a squirrel, skin the animal and roast it on a spit. Drill three small holes in your fire board and spread them equally around. The holes should be the same diameter as your spit. Proceed by inviting your fellow campers and burying the spit in the coals. As your animal cooks, pull the spit in and out to rotate it.
Larger animals need to be cooked over a bed of hot coals. Place several inches of dirt over the coals to raise their temperature. Place the animal on this dirt and cook it for half an hour per pound of meat. The skin will act as a shield so the meat is not burned and will be easy to clean. Skin the animal and remove as many of the bones as possible. Cut the meat into serving sizes and eat!