How to Make a Snare Trap for Pheasants

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Primitive cultures often employed a variety of techniques for procuring food. Trapping was a common method for hunting across the globe. One of the most common traps utilized was the snare. A snare is a noose strategically placed in an area where game typically travel or forage for food. Snares can take many game animals and birds, including pheasant. You can still set a snare to catch a pheasant using traditional methods.

Step 1

Locate an area where pheasant regularly frequent or forage for food. Signs to look for are feathers, tracks and available food sources, such as heavy seed-bearing plants and shrubs.

Step 2

Locate a sturdy tree or tree stump in the area where the pheasant are known to be, preferably adjacent to a narrow foraging trail where you will tie the snare. If you cannot find a suitable tree, find a stick at least one foot long with a diameter of at least 1 inch that you can stake into the ground.

Step 3

Tie the cord to the tree or stick securely. Tie a loop on the other end of the cord. Make sure that the loop is at least 4 inches in diameter or about the size of your fist to ensure that the loop slips over the pheasant's head.

Step 4

Stake two sticks 3 inches apart into the ground along the foraging trail. Set the loop onto the sticks. Toss a few leaves over the sticks to help conceal the snare.

Step 5

Place bait in front of and behind the snare. Make a trail of bait leading up to the snare. Only leave a few pieces of bait leading up to the snare. If you leave too much, the pheasant may eat too much and fail to continue down to the snare. Leave the most bait next to the snare.


  • Only use snares in a survival situation or where it is legal to do so.
  • Check your local ordinances on hunting and trapping prior to setting any snares.


  • Check your snare frequently from a safe viewing distance to avoid spooking the wildlife.
  • Set multiple snares to increase your chances of catching pheasant.


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