The name of the game in survival trapping is numbers. You must get a lot of traps out in order to increase your chances of catching animals. I have seen a few students come into our classes who are sometimes on the anal side of things (I say that lovingly by-the-way) that want to spend a great deal of time cutting notches and cuts and similar on trap setups.
The more time you spend doing this sort of thing, the more time you are not setting up actual traps. We are interested in getting more traps out, than making the perfect, easy-on-the-eye snare triggers.
I remember growing up and setting up snares for my dad. We raised hogs on our family farm and we had an issue with wild dogs running in the area at one point. These were definitely not pets. To get to the hog lot you had to walk back a hollow for about half a mile and there were several gates and fence crossings along the way. I distinctly remember my dad telling me to set some snares up one day to catch these dogs because they had gotten in the hog lot and killed some of our piglets. Those piglets were going to be food in the coming years.
I was embarrassed to tell him that I did not really understand snares all that well. I had mostly watched him and my uncle put them out and not paid enough attention. So I did not say anything at all. I took a bunch of bailing twine out of the back of the square bailer and started setting up snare traps as best I knew how. I hooked them to trees and fences and bushes and everything else that I could find tracks nearby.
I suppose what I am saying is that I really did not have a lot of practice catching wild dogs. Most of my trapping up to that point in my life was done with box traps on rabbits.
Suffice it to say my setups were terrible, they were not pretty, and the would never pass muster for many of these expert Youtube trappers. However, they were successful. I helped to eliminate the problem dogs that were killing and stealing my food.
I share that with you and this video to show you some expedient ways to setup traps more quickly so you have the numbers on your side. You can also find links to purchase your own survival snares similar to what you see in this video at the following links:
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