HOW TO MAKE A RABBIT SNARE

An example of a rabbit snare. Diagram by James Marchington.

A rabbit snare is a wire noose that is set up along paths that rabbits move through. When a rabbit gets caught in one, their instinct is to think that it’s a predator and keep moving forward trying to escape. The end result is usually that the rabbit strangles itself, and can be collected later by the trap setter.

Let’s begin!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Equipment:

1)      A roll of stainless steel wire

2)      Thick string (optional)

3)      Thick firm steel wire and a long spike or nail (optional)

Tools:

1)      Wire cutters

2)      Measuring tape

PUTTING IT TOGETHER:

figure 1

1)      Cut off a piece of stainless steel wire that is around 40” long.

2)      Tie one end of the wire into a small loop, tightly tying the end to the wire.

3)      Slide the wire through this loop

4)      On the other end of the wire, tie another small loop and tightly tie the end to the wire.

5)      Add a string to the loose loop. Your end product should look like figure 1.

USING IT:

1)      Set the snare up along a path that rabbits frequent. The loop should be around 4” in diameter, and should be at head level for a moving rabbit.

2)      Connect the loose end of the snare to something sturdy. This can be through using a rope to tie it to a tree branch above, or it can be through using a thick firm steel wire that is hammered into the ground using a long spike or nail.

3)      Set up many traps (10-20 should do it). It’s a bit of a numbers game to catch a rabbit.

4)      Check the traps often to see if you have caught a rabbit.

5)      Sometimes the rabbit will still be alive when you return to the trap. A sharp blow to the back of the head will usually finish the job.

FOR RELATED ARTICLES CHECK OUT A GUIDE TO HUNTING AND TRAPPING RABBITS AND HOW TO MAKE A LIVE RABBIT TRAP.

Good luck and stay prepared!

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