SNARING WIRE, SIZE OF— I would like to ask what size of copper wire is used for snaring muskrats, rabbits, foxes, and other animals?
Copper wire is not used for snaring, as it is soft and easily bitten, and brakes easily, especially in cold weather. What you want is brass wire, about No. 20 size. In the North this size of brass wire is called “snare wire” or “rabbit wire” and is put up in coils and sold at any hardware store. I do not know anything about snaring muskrats, or whether anybody ever snares them. For rabbits and skunks, use two strands of wire twisted. For foxes use six strands, twisted lightly. Two or three strands of a heavier wire is used sometimes, but I think the fine wire is best. Soft steel wire may also be used for foxes and similar animals, but it will rust unless specially treated.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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