Rabbit Snare Types

A simple breakdown

*Note: This page does NOT show any Self Locking rabbit Snares, as these are illegal to use!*

One of the misconceptions about rabbit snares is that there is only one kind. This page lists the three types of snares used and why each one has its own advantages and disadvantages. This page is not a guide to set snares, but more of an aid. So lets get started shall we?

The Free standing loop

This snare is the staple of the sport. It is a simple to build and cheap wire trap that can be used on beats or tracks. It is considered one of the most humane types of traps as it rarely does any damage to prey. This loop is dug into the ground slightly and held in place by a peg or U nail. Its main disadvantage is that it can be disturbed by wind or other animals.

A Looped Rabbit snare

The Static loop

Also Know as “the fence Loop”, this wire trap uses the popular square mesh fences. How often do you see holes in one of these fences that’s clearly being used as a path to the holes? Then it only makes sense to tie in a trap! This gives you all the advantages of the free standing method but with added stability. The downside is that you’ll find less places where you can use this method.

A Great Fence to Place a Rabbit Snare

The Hoop Snare

The final method is a rarely used one. The hoop snare is as the name suggests a hoop of wire that sticks out from the ground in a U shape. It squeezes down on the rabbit and makes for an easy clean kill. The downside to this method is that is far more completed to set up. It is basically a U that stands 8 inchs (or so) high that pulls tight once tripped. I would not suggest this method as many have said it is confusing, slow and often misses. Even today I don’t know how to set one, I just cant find the information in detail any where!


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