Checking the Trap Line and Improving the “Funneling”

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Hey everyone… let’s go check those snares! After my last video I went and placed 7 more snares for a total of 9. I spent a lot more time “funneling” around them to guide the rabbit towards the snares. Let’s go see if my efforts paid off.

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Just a Quick Trip Out to Check the Line.

Working a 40 hour week as many of us do, finding the time to check snares or to have a hobby like trapping at all can be tricky. Many trappers end up running out at night to check their lines. Needless to say this is a bit inconvenient, but one does what one must. I fight on the front lines as a weekend warrior as well!

I put these particular snares in a few days prior and had done a better job with the funneling than in my first few attempts. It really does make a big difference. These being some of my very first snares I’m still learning every time I touch the wire!

Improved Funneling Around the Traps.

For snares to be effective, you really want to do everything you can to direct the targeted species to the snare or trap. This is called “funneling” as it creates a natural guidance towards the snare. In the chance that something does come along near the path of the snare, the funneling will block their way from going around snare. The path of least resistance will be the opening where the snare is.

It’s really easy to do too, as everything you need to do a good job of it is right there in the woods. Branches, sticks, leaves, rocks, anything really can be placed in such a way as to direct traffic towards the snare. Experiment, use what’s on hand. You can’t really do it wrong. You can do it poorly maybe, like me on my first few snares, but any amount of funneling increases your chances.

Use natural funneling

In this instance I used a naturally occurring fallen branch to tie snare to. I also added some additional twigs and sticks to hide things in.

Funneling Around Snares

Using small well rooted trees that occur close together you can easily fill in around the snare.

Thankfully “funneling” is not a difficult task. The more time you spend at it the better your chances and the easier it will be. Just try to picture how the animal might see the ways around the snare and prevent that if possible.

The One That Got Away!

Upon checking one of my snares I found the brass line stretched out as tight as could be and the snare itself was snapped right off the end! There are really only four possibilities.

  1. A predator heard the distress call and came in shortly after and snatched it.
  2. A rabbit got snared poorly, possibly around leg and got away.
  3. A human discovered the catch and took it.
  4. Something much larger found itself temporarily detained by a tiny brass snare.

Now I presume to think a coyote or a fox got it. My reasons? There are a ton of coyotes and fox in my area! Lol. A few centimeters of fluffy powder had fallen that AM. Under this very recent light powder, there was hard packed snow that had previously experienced a mild thaw and refreeze. This would have made passing undetected before the powder fell very easy on top of the frozen crust. Can I say for sure this is what happened… nope! If it did, the culprit must have taken the catch somewhere else to make a meal of it. There was no sign of blood or struggle.

It’s also possible the rabbit got snared around leg only in which case he would easily have been able to escape. This is also a likely possibility. In which case the small loop with nothing to hold it shut would have eventually sooner than later just fallen off.

Then there is the possibility of human interference. Do I think another trapper came and took it? No not really. I mean it’s possible, but it’s a remote spot and only accessible on snow shoes. Seems a great length to go to for a single snared rabbit.

It’s also possible that the aforementioned predator themselves got snagged up and quickly broke free. This also lines up with the hard packed snow conditions. It would have been hard to tell it ever happened unless it had happened after the powder fell.

No matter how you figure it, something got away! I had something in that snare and it was gone. I have been thinking about it ever since, deliberating over the possible causes. You be the judge.

Snapped Snare Line

I can only assume that either the rabbit got leg snared and broke free, or a predator took my catch before I could return.

Future Success?!

I can’t say, but tune into the next article to find out. You’ll be glad you did! And stay close to Outdoor Adventurecraft as we get underway with our Winter Expedition Series.

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  1. I do not think that you lads over the pond are much good at snaring rabbits and hares , to me you over complicate things , all this nonsense about funneling , why not just catch them on the run/trail, your snare loops are too small , too low , no tension in the wire and not stable enough, please correct me if I am wrong but that’s the way it looks to me.

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