How to Make a Simple Wire Snare Loop

How to Make a Simple Wire Snare Loop

This page shows how to quickly make a simple wire snare loop. It can be used for a variety of trapping situations in wilderness survival.

The simple wire snare loop is the easiest to make of all the traps featured on this website. It requires metal wire, though, which you may not always have available in the wilderness (unless you bring it with you). While you could make a similar snare loop from rope or natural cordage, its usefulness would be much more limited, since almost any animal caught would easily be able to chew through the rope or cord. The use of metal wire makes the loop much more difficult for an animal to chew or claw its way out of your trap.

Construction is quick and easy, just follow the steps as shown in the pictures below.

Wire for the Wire Snare Loop Get some cheap galvanised wire from the hardware store. This is 22 gauge but the exact size is not critical.

Wrapping the Wire for the Wire Snare Loop Wrap the end of the wire a couple of times around a stick..

Twisting the End of the Wire for the Wire Snare Loop Twist the ends of the wire together and over each other a few times..

The Twisted End of the Wire Snare Loop Then remove the stick, you should have a nice loop at the end..

The Completed Wire Snare Loop The wire can then be threaded through the loop to make a simple snare. Anything caught in the snare loop that pulls on the loop will cause it to tighten on itself and trap the animal..

Recommended Reading

Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skills - From the Society of Primitive Technology, David Wescott (editor)Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skills - From the Society of Primitive Technology, David Wescott (editor).

Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skills provides the guide to rediscovery of the skills and crafts that bind us all into this great human family. Contents: Food Sources, Containers, Projectiles, Buckskin, Transportation Back to Basics. A continuation of the book Primitive Technology, which has been called “the best single source for primitive skills out there — PERIOD.”

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See Also

Overview of Animal Foods
Figure Four Trap
Springpole Deadfall Trap
Survival and Wilderness Skills Books
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