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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Crossbeam Twitch-Up Snare

Snare Installed

Snare Components:

Two stakes- approximately 18 inches by 1 inch dia.
One crossbeam- approximately 12 inches by 1/2 inch dia.
One trigger pin- 3 inches by 1/2 dia.
Snare cordage (para-chord or similar)

This snare has only one entry point. The back side needs to be blocked so that game will not come in through this point. The sides of the game path should be built up as to funnel the game into the noose of the trap.

The hooked end of the trigger pin faces toward the entry of the trap. The back side of the trap can be baited to lure the game into the snare.

Several of these traps should be installed for a better chance of getting your game. The size of the components of this trap can be adjusted to the size of game your are intending to catch.

This is just one example of the many styles of the twitch-up series of traps. What is meant by twitch-up is that the end of the snare cordage is tied to a bent sapling or dead fall creating tension on the trigger pin. 

When the trap is sprung, the animal is jerked upwards by the sapling or dead fall (also called the Engine) causing the noose loop to tighten around the animal not allowing it to escape and many times killing the animal.

Your traps should be checked daily to harvest any game that may be awaiting.

Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!


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