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Old 01-11-2007, 03:11 PM
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Is there any way to lure rabbits and how do you know when you are in rabbit country{area}also can I build a snare that will catch rabbits and squirrels.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:16 PM
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Rabbits live in bushy/thick wooded areas here where i live. When there is snow on the ground you'll see alot of tracks, so i dont start snaring until we get some snow. I'm not sure of any methods to lure rabbits, but what i do is i find a good well used trail, and set up a snare on it. Right now i'm just wondering if thewire i have is going to be thick enough. Once you find a good trail with lots of tracks, find a solid tree to attach one end of your snare to. place the snare loop about 3-4 finger widths off the ground (this is for the snowshoe hares in my area, they aren't the biggest rabbits, so adjust accordingly), and place brush around the snare as a sort of "funnel", forcing the rabbits to go into your snare. They aren't very smart animals, and if you can find a good trail and set up your snare properly, you seem to be almost guaranteed a rabbit. However, it is a form of hunting, and no hunting is "easy". Just keep at it, and keep learning. Snaring can be a very rewarding activity.
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Old 01-11-2007, 03:30 PM
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topgun could you give me some instructions on building a snare I know that it is easy but it is a new thing for me.
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Old 01-11-2007, 04:49 PM
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The way i make them is like this:

1) first pick up some wire from a hardware store/hunting store. I use brass wire, and currently have 20 gauge wire. Find a converter if "gauge" isn't the measurement for your area.

2) cut off a piece of wire plenty long to make a loop and wrap it around a tree.

3) on one end of the wire make a small loop, then wrap the wire around itself so you have a loop about 3-4mm wide. i use pliers to wrap the wire tightly on itself.

4) take the other end of the wire and run it through the hole you just made, so you form a bigger loop. Tie the other end to a sturdy tree alongside the rabbit trail you've found. Secure the wire to the tree. make a few loops around and be sure to secure it good, but make it so you can remove it again in the future, to use it in a new area

5) Place the noose above the center of you're rabbit trail. I keep mine about the width from the right side of my pinky, to the left side of my index finger.

6) Pile some brush and sticks along side of the trail near the snare. This will force the rabbits to go through the snare that they likely wont even see.

7) The snare will slide tight when a rabbit goes through and essentially hang the rabbit or break its neck.

8) Congratulations on your first snared rabbit!
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:49 PM
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thanks for spending time to show me that but can the rabbits loosen themselves??????
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Old 01-11-2007, 06:56 PM
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Thats what everyone tends to think, and I guess, yeah, its a possibility. Often times what will happen though is the rabbit will run into the snare and its neck will break when the snare tightens as the rabbit is running away from the tree. If the neck doesnt break right away, the rabbit struggling will generally keep the wire tight around its neck, suffocating it.

If anyone out there has any way of making a sort of "Stop" for the snare, so it tightens and doesnt open back up I'd love to try it out. (as long as its a simple thing to do)
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Old 01-12-2007, 06:53 AM
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Default RE: How do I build a a rabbit trap or snare and is......

You can rig a "relaxing snare" that grabs the game but loosens slightly to avoid suffocating it by attaching or forming a stop on the wire the same way you would rig a bobber stop for fishing . Large split shots make a good stop , just swage them tightly onto the wire with some pliers , it takes some practice to get the loop size right though . Rabbits can be lured into snares or traps with apple pieces , carrot greens , and other similar foods . I use apple for live traps but you'll get the occasional small coon or possum , carrot greens are usually only appealing to rabbits and make a good lure . Ironically , they go for the greens but won't usually eat carrots IME . LOL
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Old 01-13-2007, 01:14 AM
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They will be attracted to salt, but then so will any deer or porcupines in the area. Amazingly, rabbits seem to be attracted to fox urine (probably the salt again). If you find an area of thick stuff, you can put some in the center of the area and then hang snares in all the trails. Willow thickets are really good for lots of snowshoe activity. I wouln't worry about luring them, just set where traffic is heavy. Check your state regs on legalities. In some states you can't trap small game and in many states you are required to have a deer stop or a break away devise to avoid catching/damaging deer.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:07 PM
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i have trapped for many years now and rabbits i have done surprisingly for a while now. i dont snare alot but i will tell you howto make a set for them. an easy set can be made. if you can see there tracks, especially in the winter, and in no fear of deer follow this. make a simple covey on a well used trail by rabbits by placing cut limbs horizontally on each side as to form a "tunnel" which they will follow. By doing so you elimate the trapping or injury to deer. place some type of bait, preferablly corn or i have even seen my neighbor successfully use stor bought rabbit pellets and place it in the middle of the covey and equally between each end. before this though. make your trap bed solid and place a #1 or 1 1/2 coilspring directly in front and on the opposite side of the bait. this will cover entry from both sides. when the come for the bait, snap. dinner. if you dont have these coilsprings, then simply set a #110 conibear in the place where the bait would go. when the come through to just travel, snap. dinner. i have even used a 5 gallon bucket with the botom cut out as a premade cobey any set a #110 in the middle. on a travel route. good luck
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