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Old 08-05-2002, 18:08   #1
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Snare traps and wire sizes.

Hey guys. I just got into setting snares recently and I was wondering if anyone had any other ideas regarding materials to use for game snares. I've been using 16/2 gauge wire and stripping it down to 8 strands and twisting it. It's hard to keep a small loop in it after a while. What do you folks use for your snare traps? I'm pretty much looking to bag small game here and there, rabbits and the such.

O.k. maybe I'll trick my wife into one as a gag in a couple of days. ;f But I could use some help with other peoples experience in this area. Thanks in advance.

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Old 08-05-2002, 22:04   #2
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i'm not sure about the guage but use piano wire.

mountain tribesmen in our country catch wild roosters using a thick rattan rope set on the ground to make a circle about 6 feet in diameter. along the rope, at 6" intervals, are 10"-loops made either of rattan bark or piano wire. each loop has a choke knot that can snare any fowl or small mammal that tries to enter the circle. a trained domestic rooster is tied at the center to bait the wild ones to a fight.
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Old 08-05-2002, 22:12   #3
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Hank I'd thought of piano wire. Thanks for the confirmation. I'll run down to the Music store and see what's available. Thanks

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p.s. we just made a really cool double snare to catch some racoons for gags. I'll post how it went if it runs right. If not you'll know I'm still trying to figure out the trip sequence. ;f gg
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Old 08-06-2002, 12:44   #4
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'Coons can be vicious when cornered. If you plan to let them go, have you figured out how you are going to do that.??
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Old 08-07-2002, 00:13   #5
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and besides, using a piano wire snare will probably kill a coon. if you want it unharmed, you might as well use a one-way-door or dead-falling-box type of trap. i have a feeling local laws will also have a say
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Old 08-07-2002, 05:32   #6
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'Coons can be vicious when cornered. If you plan to let them go, have you figured out how you are going to do that.??
no worries, we deal with em all the time here. I'll cut the mainline and let the coon work his way out of the snare. The tension on the loop is the only thing that keeps the critter set anyway. Once you release the tension line the animal can get out. On a sidenote I used to have-a-heart trap em all the time for some of my customers when the critters got under their houses.

hank_rearden " and besides, using a piano wire snare will probably kill a coon. if you want it unharmed, you might as well use a one-way-door or dead-falling-box type of trap. i have a feeling local laws will also have a say "

Yeah I've allready spoken to our DFG guys and the SO regarding catching critters on my own property hank. They don't have any griefs with it as they don't want to deal with it.

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