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Father Mayhem asked, “How do I catch a rabbit using only paracord and whatever else may be laying around in the wilderness, like sticks, rocks, twigs, etc.?”
- Assess your surroundings. Look for signs of animals. Be careful to not leave any signs that you are in the area. Digging holes, breaking green branches or seriously disturbing the vegetation will be a dead give away to the animals that you’re in the area.
- Choose a spot that rabbits frequent on a regular basis. Near a burrow, watering hole, or Hef’s mansion.
- You need to know what type of animal you’ll be trying to trap in your snare, so you can adjust the size of the snare. A snare trap intended to catch rabbits, for example, will need to be slightly smaller than one intended to catch moose.
- Drive a stake in the ground next to where you are going to set your snare trap. Any large stick will do, as long as it is strong enough to be pounded into the ground. Use a large, flat rock to drive the stake into the ground. It should be hammered in far enough to be secure so that the struggling animal can’t pull it up and drag it away.
- Tie one end of the paracord (or shoelace) around the stake. Paracord, or 550 cord, can be found in any Army-Navy surplus store. It has a tensile strength of 550lbs and is often used in the production of parachutes.
- Make a loop with the other end of the paracord, so that you now have a large circle, almost like a lasso tied to the stake. Twist the bottom of this loop to form a smaller circle at the bottom, just large enough for the head of your prey to fit through. Then fold the smaller circle up so that it is positioned inside the smaller loop. Now, position the snare over the run that the animal is expected to follow.
- Block up the sides of the run in order to drive the animal directly into the snare. Use loose sticks and twigs to form a makeshift fence. Set them up in a funnel until the path is eventually just big enough for the animal to fit through. It does not have to be a wall or impassable barrier. It just needs to be inconvenient for the animal to dart off to the side, so that they will run directly into your snare trap.
- Cover your scent. Check your traps every couple of hours to see if you have captured anything.
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