T-Bar Snare – The Ultimate Small Game Survival Snare

T-Bar snare hunting target, small rabbit
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The T-bar snare is one of the best survival hunting traps you can make. They are very easy to set up, allowing you to set a large amount of them in a small amount of time. This will give you the best chance to catch some small to medium sized game to stay fed.

This snare is also extremely effective if set up correctly and more importantly, put in the right location. Setting the traps is the easy part if you have a few sticks and some cordage. Knowing where to put them so that you catch something is a whole other story.

Knowing where to put them

You want to put this trap in an area that is visibly being traveled by the game you are hunting. You aren’t going to get anywhere if you just set the trap in an area where there is nothing to catch.   A well traveled path through a funnel point is the best place to set this trap.

Look in areas near a watering hole that animals frequently use. You should be able to find a path through a wooded area that you can use.

What you will need

  • 2 vertical sticks, 2-3 feet long
  • 1 crossbar, 1.5-2 feet long
  • 1 trigger stick, 3 inches
  • 1 spring pole
  • Cordage
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How to set it up

Find a branch that is growing along the side of the path to use as a spring pole. Cut it accordingly to ensure that the end of the branch ends directly above the location of the trap. This will ensure that there is even tension on the crossbar.

Gather the materials and place the two vertical poles in the ground far enough apart that the animal can easily fit through. Burry them and support with rocks so that they are sturdy enough to support the full tension of the spring pole. hold your crossbar on the poles high enough that the animals can walk through and mark this location.

Notch out the poles in this spot so that it can hold the crossbar in place until something sets it off. Use a “C” shaped notch about half of the stick deep to ensure that it will stay in place. After this, carve a large “7” shaped notch in the trigger stick while you still have your saw out. Then carve a notch around the circumference of the opposite end of the trigger stick to attach the cordage.

Watch this video to learn how to tie the knots and finish this trap!

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