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The snare is one of the simplest traps to make and use. Basically, a snare is nothing more than a wire noose designed to tighten around an animal as it passes through the trap. This wire is anchored to a heavy object so the animal becomes stuck until you come to check on the trap.

Depending on how the animal is snared, it may be suffocated relatively quickly but this is not always the case. If using snare traps, be prepared to come across animals that are still alive and need to be properly dispatched before taking them home for cleaning and cooking.

Effectively using snares requires proper trap placement because most snare setups do not rely on bait. Snares should be placed directly in front of animal dens or along used game trails for best results.