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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Small Game Noose Snares

Simple Small Game Noose Snare

Quail Snare

Squirrel Pole Noose Snare

Funneling Game

A simple snare consists of a noose placed over a trail or den hole and attached to a firmly planted stake or bush limb. If the noose is some type of cordage placed upright on a game trail, use small twigs or blades of grass to hold it up.

Filaments from spider webs are excellent for holding nooses open. Make sure the noose is large enough to pass freely over the animal's head. As the animal continues to move, the noose tightens around its neck. The more the animal struggles, the tighter the noose gets.

This type of snare usually does not kill the animal. If you use cordage, it may loosen enough to slip off the animal's neck. Wire is therefore the best choice for a simple snare.

Squirrel Pole:

A squirrel pole is a long pole placed against a tree in an area showing a lot of squirrel activity and uses the simple noose technique. Place several wire nooses along the top and sides of the pole so that a squirrel trying to go up or down the pole will have to pass through one or more of them.

Position the nooses 2 to 2 1/4-inches in diameter about 1 inch off the pole. Place the top and bottom wire nooses 18 inches from the top and bottom of the pole to prevent the squirrel from getting its feet on a solid surface. If this happens, the squirrel will chew through the wire.

Squirrels are naturally curious. After an initial period of caution, they will try to go up or down the pole and will be caught in the noose. The struggling animal will soon fall from the pole and strangle. Other squirrels will soon be drawn to the commotion. In this way, you can catch several squirrels. You can set up multiple poles to increase the catch.

When placing snares on game trails or near holes, place them in area where there are naturally occurring funnels.  If there are no naturally occurring funnels, make some.  See the diagram above labeled funneling technique. Also, read the post on snare 101 for baiting and scenting information.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!



  1. Awesome snare I may try to make one some day

  2. Charlie, I'm getting ready to make a move to the desert and hope to do some camping, rock hounding, prospecting, etc. I've watched most of your web contents and I very much appreciate the info. I have no doubt what I've learned from your site could help save a life. I've got most of my gear (redundancy) set up and now just need to get out there and do it. Thanks again for taking the time to set this all up. Stay Safe!