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Snare Trap Basics

How to Create a Snare Trap from a Paracord Survival Bracelet or Survival Anklet

The basics of survival are water, food, and shelter. Dedicated survivalists can testify to the importance of all 3 in surviving in unpopulated areas, whether in a recreational situation or due to an emergency.  One might be tempted to rate water or even shelter as more important than food, but experienced survivalists know that the body's caloric needs are much greater when performing the high demand tasks necessary to navigate a wilderness environment.  If you are to survive the elements, there will be great physical demands on your body.  Calories are necessary to supply the energy you will be expending.  

If you and members of your family are caught unprepared, the results can be tragic.  Most survival enthusiasts carry extra water or have learned how to locate safe water sources to avoid dehydration.  Temporary shelters can be assembled fairly quickly even without a lot of building knowledge.  Procuring food  is more difficult, but with a survival bracelet or survival anklet created from high-quality 550 paracord, you can provide high-value proteins that can help you to outlast any emergency or wilderness situation.   

In case of a wilderness emergency or becoming lost, a basic skill you should have in your repertoire is the snare trap.  Snare traps are the most basic of traps and can be created from materials such as paracord, the material from which survival bracelets and survival anklets are made. Survival bracelets and survival anklets that are made from paracord are tough and dependable. Paracord is a tough woven nylon that was used in the suspension lines of WWII parachutes.  With the strength to support weight of up to 550 pounds, type III paracord (also known as 550 cord) is a reliable and multi-use product that many military people, as well as civilians, carry. 

Snare traps are a great way to catch small animals that are plentiful in the wilderness.  Wild rabbit can provide about the same nutritional value as chicken.  Rabbit is a source of protein and calories that can help to sustain life and energy in an emergency or extended survival situation.  To catch a wild rabbit, you can create a simple snare using paracord provided by a survival bracelet or survival anklet and sticks that are strong enough to anchor the cord as the rabbit runs through the noose. 

There is some debate about the best method for setting the snare trap.  Some believe that the best method involves setting the noose close to the ground and securing it to sticks or brush, while others prefer a trap set about 6.5 inches from the ground, at the jumping height of the rabbit. Either way, you will want to look for a trail of beats that you have identified as those of a rabbit; then set your snare trap created from the inner nylon strings of a survival bracelet or survival anklet.  The noose can be suspended at the desired height with small and unobtrusive forked twigs. Paracord can also be secured with small metal rings, such as a key chain ring, and rigged between bent branches.  Wait until the morning to check your snare trap, but be sure you mark and remember to check all the traps that you have set so as not to cause the animal's prolonged suffering.  

Though for most people the ability to set a snare trap is not an everyday practice, it is a vital part of outdoor life and a necessary survival skill. Wearing a paracord survival bracelet or survival anklet could very well be the first step to saving your life or the lives of those around you in an emergency.
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