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Squirrel Snare | How to Make a Snare Trap Step By Step
Learn to set a squirrel snare and earn yourself a survival skill you can count on whatever card nature hands you to deal with!
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DIY Squirrel Snare Trap | A Step-by-Step Guide
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How to Make a Squirrel Snare Trap
Note: Make sure to consult your state laws before using a squirrel snare trap or any animal trap.
What You’ll Need On How to Make a Snare Trap Step By Step:
- 24-gauge floral wire
- A stick or pencil
- Bait (optional)
Step 1: Prepare the Snare
A DIY squirrel snare is super simple and straightforward. With the utility knife and the 24-gauge wire in the Altoid can kit, you can make as many as your materials will allow.
First, cut the wire for about 15-20 inches with your knife. Next, take a stick pencil with the wire, then wind up the wire twice around the pencil or small stick.
Now, twist the loop and tie it by using the pencil, then pull it out after. Slide the other end of the wire into the loop. Make the loop so that it fits your fist which is about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Finally, tie the snares to the sticks.
Step 2: Set and Test the Snares
You can now set your snares and tie as many of them as you want on a stick or log for a higher success rate. Test one first to see if it works before you go.
You can do this by sliding your hands in the squirrel trap. If it tightens around your hand, then you’re good to go!
Step 3: Bait the Snares
Let’s get this straight; it’ll be challenging for you to catch squirrels without bait, but not unless you place your snare on the exact spot where squirrels often go.
When it comes to baiting, squirrels are mostly attracted to corn, nuts, and seeds. So it really helps if you have any of these food items in form of candy bars and snacks at all times.
Tip: Place your bait behind the trap.
Learning How to Make a Snare Is a Survival Skill
Learning to hunt using snares is a must-have survival skill to have since food is vital to survival. A squirrel snare, in particular, is better learned because of the abundance of this small game in the wild.
Thousands of people are lost in the wilderness with no way of surviving because they didn’t anticipate these scenarios. It’s essential to keep in check your available sources of food and learn survival hunting traps.
This is why we’re here to teach you how to make homemade animal traps. In particular, we will learn how to make a squirrel snare trap and how to make it work, too.
First Things First: The Survival Kit
Having a survival kit is a safe way to prepare for anything, indeed. In fact, a kit about the size of your phone can literally save your life.
You will need an Altoids box, a mini utility knife, some matches, some bandages, and a mini compass. Also throw in a couple of small antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) packets, a pencil, and 10 feet of 24 gauge floral wire.
Another very helpful item I carry in my kit is a survival card. In fact, I personally carry the UST Survival Card, and Survival Life has its own version — the Survival Business Card.
These very thin cards include:
- A mini Philips head screwdriver
- Small flat-head screwdriver
- An attachment loop
- Magnifying glass
- 8-sided bolt head wrench
- A position wrench (4 sizes)
- Butterfly wrench
- Large flat head screwdriver
- Bottle opener
- File edge
- Can opener
- A 2” (5cm) ruler
- Amini compass
It is very inexpensive, too, because it costs only $7. It can also fit in your kit with all the other supplies. On that note, I recommend having this card in your survival kit.
How to Build an Altoid Can Survival Kit
First, you need to break the pencil in half and roll the wire around it, then take all your supplies and place them in the Altoids box. I trust you have made a nice little survival kit.
It is not only handy in a survival situation but in any difficulty which arises. You might give yourself a cut and will need a bandage. You might also need to cut through something, so its uses are varied and handy, indeed.
Now you got your survival kit, you might wonder, “Why do I have a wire? What good will that do me?” The wire is for making traps or at this point, a squirrel snare.
The snare trap is constructed from a cord, wire, string, line, or cable. When the animal enters the snare, the noose (loop) then tightens around its body or neck.
Snares can be homemade very easily or purchased online. The wire you have in your kit is quite thin, making it good for rabbits and squirrels.
Here’s an infographic guide that you can use. Feel free to download, save and share it with your loved ones:
Yes, squirrels, because you can eat squirrels and they are quite good — that is, if you like chicken. They are a rich source of protein, too, which will save you in a survival situation.
But, if you don’t know how to make a snare, what good will the wire do for you? Not much. So why not take a few minutes to learn how to make a trap for your life? A few minutes can save you many years.
Watch this video from NLGhostWolf to see a squirrel snare in action:
You cannot last long without food or water because they’re vital to life! So, you must know the basics of survival, including hunting big games or trapping small ones in case these things ever happen.
With skills in animal trapping, you will now feel more confident about surviving in the wild. And survive, you must!
Did we miss anything in our steps in creating a DIY squirrel snare trap? Tell us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2019, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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October 8, 2017 at 3:20 PM
Awesome stuff thank you.
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Brion K Horvath
August 26, 2019 at 7:42 AM
In your presentation on preparing a squirrel snare diagrams would have been helpful also in the step-by-step setup.
November 6, 2022 at 4:10 PM
Utterly useless. “take a stick pencil with the wire, then wind up the wire twice around the pencil or small stick.” Stick pencil? Is this a stick? A pencil called a stick pencil? If just a pencil, just call it a “pencil.”
“twist the loop and tie it by using the pencil” What??? WHAT loop? Are there any twists to secure the loop??? Tie it HOW???? “then pull it out after.” Pull it out after? WHAT does that mean??? Slide the other end of the wire into the loop. Make the loop so that it fits your fist which is about 2 ½ inches in diameter. Whew. Finally something that makes sense. Finally, tie the snares to the sticks. Tie it HOW?????
Very disappointing article. I need information, and this just wasted my time.