How to Make a Basic Snare from Paracord

 How to Make a Basic Snare from Paracord

Paracord is one of those items that has an incredible amount of different uses and today we are going to be looking at using paracord to make a basic snare. Usually, if you take something apart, it becomes useless, paracord on the other hand, becomes even more useful.

It would be impossible to put a number on the amount of uses that this item has as you are only limited to your imagination. The snare that we are looking at today is a noose tied to a stick that is anchored in the ground. It is designed to trap small game by the neck.

Legality in the UK
In all parts of the UK, snares may be set to catch foxes, rabbits and brown hares, provided you are the landowner or have the landowner’s permission.

Snares may not be used in England, Wales or Scotland to catch certain specified animals including badger, wild cat, hedgehog, pine marten, otter or red squirrel.

Start by gathering the following items to build this snare:

  • Paracord
  • A 1-foot branch, that is also 1 inch in diameter
  • 2 thin “Y” shaped twigs
  • Knife

Snare Construction

Once you have found the best location for the snare it’s time to construct the set.

1. Use your knife to sharpen one end of the branch almost as if making a spear. This will make it much easier when anchoring the stick into the ground.

2. On the other end of the branch, take your knife and create a groove all the way around for the noose.

3. Take your paracord and cut off around 16 inches. Once cut, remove one of the inner strands of paracord that will become your noose.

4. Tie a small loop tightly on one end of the paracord strand. Take the other end of the paracord strand and enter it through the small loop that you have just created. You now have your noose.

5. Tie the noose tightly around the groove of the branch.

6. Anchor the branch into the ground where you wish to place the trap.

7. Use your two small “Y” shaped twigs to hold the noose up, so the animal can walk through the noose correctly. Your snare is now set up.

The animal that you are attempting to trap will walk through the snare and the noose will tighten as it walks through. It is always a good idea to have more that one snare set up so that if an animal bypasses one, there is a chance it will get caught in the other.

If you want to see how to make a paracord snare visually, there is a great by Blake Alma that you can view below.


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