How to Make a Snare Trap for Big Game

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How to Make a Snare Trap for Big Game
Whitetail deer can be trapped with an Apache foot snare. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Snare traps can be your best friend in the wilderness. They are easy to produce in bulk, easy to set, and they work 24 hours a day. Snares require you to expend far less energy than you would stalking, shooting, and tracking. While most snare traps operate on the principle of strangling and are used for small game, there is a type of trap known as an Apache foot snare that is useful for holding larger animals in place until you arrive. (See Reference 1)

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Things you need

  • Snare line
  • Thick tree branch

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  1. 1

    Locate the area where you will set the snare. Ideally, you should place it right next to a large obstacle such as a fallen log, big enough that a deer or other large animal will need to jump over it to proceed down the trail. If large game frequent the area, you will see a slight depression in the ground next to the obstacle, where they have been landing. (See Reference 1)

  2. 2

    Dig a hole roughly two feet deep and one foot wide in the depression. (See Reference 1)

  3. 3

    Break your tree branch into six to eight stakes. Embed them in the soil around the ring of your trap, so that the pointed ends meet in the middle of the hole. (See Reference 1)

  4. 4

    Tie a snare loop with your rope. To tie a snare loop, make a small, fixed, knotted loop at one end of the rope and then run the "tail" end of the rope through that loop until you have created a larger loop that is roughly the size of the hole you have dug. Place the snare over top of the wooden stakes. (See Reference 1)

  5. 5

    Tie the other end of the rope securely to a nearby tree or other fixed object. (See Reference 1)

  6. 6

    Cover the snare with some nearby brush, twigs, and leaves in order to camouflage it. When an animal steps on top of the trap, its foot will suddenly sink down into the stakes. As it struggles to free itself from the stakes, it will tighten the snare around its foot and be unable to move. (See Reference 1)

Tips and warnings

  • Be extremely careful when approaching a live animal that has been trapped. A deer that has had one leg immobilised still has three more with which to kick and seriously injure you.

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