If you are using a natural-fiber snare, make sure the cord is strong and the trap is powerful. If the snare doesn’t break the animal’s neck or strangle it quickly, the animal can bite or scratch through the cord. Same goes with nylon and other non-metallic snare line choices.
The rich and pungent stench of raccoon urine and other cover scents can be very effective at covering up the natural scent of humans.
You can make your own steel snares, or buy them already made. Make sure the cable gauge can handle the animal you are targeting.
A swivel can keep a critter on the line, even if it starts rolling around on the ground. Some animals get away because they thrash around, kink the line and then finally break free. A swivel, like the one shown here purchased at a hardware store, helps to prevent this.
For a strong homemade trap, you’ll need the right size ferrules and the pliers to clamp them down.
The Finished Trap
Here’s our little hunter, ready to do its work, while we are off somewhere else doing other tasks.
There are many different types of traps. Low-tech traps, like natural fiber snares and rock deadfalls, abound in survival lore. Modern trappers can enjoy greater success with cable snares, leg hold traps, body grip traps and cage traps.