WIRE SNARES—Will some of the old trappers tell how to make wire snares for the different animals?
The wire snare is a simple slip noose of a number of strands of brass wire twisted together. Number 20 wire is about the right size. For rabbits and skunk the snare should be made of two strands twisted. For skunk the noose should be 4 1/2 inches in diameter used with a spring pole and with a strong cord connecting so that the wire cannot be twisted off. For rabbits, the noose should be about four inches in diameter and no cord or spring pole is needed. In snaring foxes, the snare is made from 5 or 6 strands of wire, twisted lightly, and the noose should be about 8 inches. All snares are suspended over trails or when set for skunks, over mouth of den and at such a height that in passing the animal puts its head through the noose. For detailed descriptions of all kinds of snares, read “Deadfalls and Snares.”
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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