Steps to making snare traps for trapping a fox

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Steps to making snare traps for trapping a fox
Learn how to build humane fox snares. (Red Fox image by Steve Mutch from

Much like coyotes or feral dogs, foxes can be a real nuisance for fowl owners. Adept at killing chickens, ducks, geese and even small lambs, foxes can inflict major economic damage with their voracious appetites. Fortunately, you can make simple, humane snare traps with a few common materials. After snaring, the sly pests can be relocated several miles away from your residence, prolonging the lives of your animals, as well as those of the foxes.

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Things you need

  • 2 feet of snare wire
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 2 feet of paracord
  • Notched wooden stake
  • Sledgehammer

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  1. 1

    Bend approximately 1 inch of one end of your snare wire back on itself. Rotate the tail around the wire with a pair of needle-nose pliers to create a small hoop.

  2. 2

    Tie an overhand knot in the snare wire 9 inches from the hoop. Once the knot is tied, make another knot over the first.

  3. 3

    Insert the opposite end of the snare wire through the hoop, thereby creating a noose. The knot will prevent the noose from becoming too small and strangling the animal contained.

  4. 4

    Tie an overhand knot on one end of your length of paracord.

  5. 5

    Wrap approximately one inch of the loose wire snare end just below the paracord knot, using the needle-nose pliers.

  6. 6

    Tie the opposite end of the paracord around a notched wooden stake. Loop the paracord at least seven or eight times around the stake and tie a firm knot to hold the loops in place.

  7. 7

    Locate the point of entry the foxes take into your yard. You may need to watch the foxes for a few days before discovering this point. A perfectly crafted snare won't catch anything in the wrong location.

  8. 8

    Drive the wooden stake into the ground with the sledgehammer to the side of the point of entry. Use small twigs to hold the snare noose approximately 6 inches above the ground in the middle of the trail. The diameter of the noose should be 5 to 6 inches.

Tips and warnings

  • Use brown or green paracord to disguise the material against the ground.
  • Look for small openings in your fencing. These opening are likely entry points for foxes and make excellent snare locations.
  • Check your snares often to avoid any unnecessary suffering. Trapped animals are often easy prey for larger predators.

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