I know that I already have a post meant for you to learn how to build a spring snare trap. I wanted to show an alternate trigger mechanism design for a tree spring or rock spring snare. The design for the trigger is more simplistic in design but not quite as easy to set up.
The first one was basically finding a bunch of sticks that you found and hammered into the ground, so there is minimal knife work. This one will have more intricate knife work to shape the trigger but the trigger is very simple.
Step 1: Go back to my first post on spring snares to see how you will use the tree or rock for tension. I will not rehash this.
Step 2: Assuming you have the ability to tension your string or rope from my other post, now we work on the trigger. Grab two sticks, about a half-inch in diameter to make it easier to work.
Step 3: Shape the base (the longer piece of wood) by cutting a notch into the base that abruptly stops and just right back out the full width of the stick… like a number 7. That is the top. Sharpen the bottom so it easier to hammer into the ground.
Step 4: Hammer it into the ground on side A of the game trail.
Step 5: Shape the hook (other piece of wood) the same way on the hook end (7). On the opposite end, you want to make a groove that your leader line (string or rope going to tree) can be securely fastened to.
Step 6: Tie your leader to the hook where you can pull your spring tension against it, but it can still reach the base.
Step 7a: This is where there are two ways to proceed. all the step “a”s will be for a non-baited trip. All the “b” steps will be for baited trip. Just using the extra length that is left over of the leader, you can make your noose, or tie the self tightening snare loop I showed you to the hook.
Step 8a: Place the hook notch into the base notch so the tree is basically trying to pull up on the base now.
Step 9a: Adjust and support the loop to be in the path of the game, so they will get caught. Be careful so you don’t trigger the spring during this step.
Step 7b: Take the extra length of the leader left over from tying to the hook and make your bait line. Tie bait on it in the middle of the game trail.
Step 8b: Get another stick to hammer into the ground on side B of the game trail and tie the bait line so the bait is right over the middle of the trail.
Step 9b: Now you will want to take another length of line or rope and tie a noose (or the self locking loop) to your hook as well. It is possible to do this step before the bait line. Place the loop right below the bait large enough to ensure the game is in the loop once the bait is taken.
Step 10: Not really a step but once the game runs through your loop or hits the bait string, they will pull the hook out of place and the spring will snap up and tighten the loop around the game and probably hang it in the air.
So you can probably tell that it is more complex to describe, but in the photos you can see that it is actually a simple design. Try it out.
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