article one of two today
Shoebox full of Aircraft Cable
This isn't a How to Snare article. It's more a cheerleading piece extolling the simplicity of trapping using manufactured locking aircraft cable snares, and their suitability for you the crafty survivalist.
As a facet of your food plan, snaring could add BBQ racoon, possum and sweet potatoes or feral hog luau style to your menu.
Food you have stockpiled, food you can grow plus food you can trap.
Most of you guys reading here are aware of the benefits of trapping vs. hunting: 1.Trapping is generally more time efficient than hunting. Make 5 or so snare sets in good locations and you're going to get something. The trap is out there working for you 24/7 while you do something else.
2. Trapping is quieter than hunting with a firearm.
3. Using primitive techniques, traps could be made using wild built cordage, notched sticks, etc. If its all you have available, ok. But, having ready made locking snares makes success much more likely with much less time and energy input.
But wait, you weren't trained by a mystical Indian tracker that adopted you as his grandson like Tom Brown.
It doesn't matter, most people can learn to snare through reading, observation and practice.
I got interested after reading a Bruce Buckshot Hemming article in the old American Survival Guide about twenty years ago. Also, I had a copy of "Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out", full of simple line drawings, and while covering many subjects, emphasized trapping as essential. I ordered a dozen snares off Buckshot and one of his trapping books at the time ( his latest now is "The New Buckshot's Complete Survival Trapping Guide").
I started practicing what I read and learned how to observe nature better and read sign to determine the best areas for sets. Some animals I've snared include feral hogs, coyote, raccoons and possum.
But wait, you don't live in a pristine wilderness area packed with majestic herds of deer and antelope playing, and elk, mountain goats and bear thrown in.
It doesn't matter, your targets are what Buckshot calls small deer: raccoons, muskrat, possums, etc. The animals that live nearly everywhere, and often in much higher concentrations in populated areas than in wilderness. Another advantage is that currently, 99.9% of the American population does not consider these food.
Also once decivilization is in full swing, cultural conventions falling to hunger may make dogs and cats target food animals. They can be snared. Legal protections will be disregarded, such as for alligators in my area. They can be snared.
Emotional support ponies and potbellied pigs demoted to food status will likely not have to be snared. They can be tricked with false promises and offerings of sugar cubes and apples.
The strengths of manufactured aircraft cable locking snares:
1. lightwieght and packable
2. Inexpensive. And parts from a twisted up snare that made a catch can be used to make another snare with a new length of cable and crimp connectors.
3. Stealthy and nearly invisible. Sets can be left in place and deactivated/activated by simply closing/opening the loop.
4. Loop size can exlude animals larger or smaller than the target size. For instance a racoon set is typically an 8" loop, the bottom of the loop 2"-3" off the ground. The books mentioned have animal lists with recomended loop sizes.
Get those two books, buy a dozen snares off Buckshot and practice. Figure out what snare sizes are most useful to you and make another order for 4 or 5 dozen plus rebuild supplies. Spend $60 or $100 for a stockpile. Store them in a box under your bed and rest easy. Now you can get meat, protect the henhouse and garden, and have very lightweight gamegetters to stick in your pack when you go mobile.
Thanks for reading,
S in Fla.
Buckshot's site: www.snare-trap-survive.com
The New Buckshot's Complete Trapping Guide, $18.99, snares, kits, DVDs
Six Ways In & Twelve Ways Out: $15 from United States Rescue & Special Operations Group, www.usrsog.org