Gone Outdoors

How to Build a Deer Snare Trap

by Jeremiah Blanchard

The best way to snare a deer is to observe its foraging patterns prior to setting the snare in position. Knowing where and how the deer moves to locate food will enhance the chances of catching one. The type of rope is also critical. Paracord, wire, jute or twine form the best snares in a survival situation. Wire, although hard to tie, is the best material to make a snare with because the deer cannot easily chew through it and escape.

Tie a small loop, one or two inches in diameter, at the end of the rope using an overhand knot. The knot should be able to slide along the rope when pulled, forming a snare. Slide the knot along the rope to open the loop slightly. Then grab the loop and pull to test that the loop closes tightly around your hand.

Tie the rope's other end to a tree branch near a deer trail or foraging area. The tree branch should be at least six to eight feet off the ground and have at least a four- to six-inch diameter to prevent it from cracking or breaking. Open the snare wide enough for the deer head to fit through, about 12 to 16 inches in diameter.

Set the snare (the loop made in Step 1) about four to five feet off the ground. Place it between trees on a narrow trail or between nearby bushes. Ensure that the snare is suspended securely by the trees or bushes and is somewhat hidden or not obviously hanging.

Place a trail of food leading up to the snare such as hard mast nuts, like acorns or peanuts, and wait.

Tip

  • Place snares in multiple locations--around deer foraging areas--to increase your chances of snaring a deer.

Warning

  • Only attempt to use a snare where snaring or trapping is permitted. Certain areas restrict the use of snares or other trapping devices.

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