It may have been a little tricky to follow the exact details of how to make the Lever Rabbit Snare in the very first episode of FAT GUYS IN THE WOODS with Matt, Ben and Jesse. I thought a clean instructional diagram might make it easier to understand. I don’t think the diagram requires explanation but if you have any questions at all, feel free to post in comments.
The snare is engaged by a large weighted lever stick which is tied to a trigger stick. The trigger stick is attached to a noose which is placed in line with a game trail or over the entrance to a burrow or nest. When the noose is pulled, the trigger stick dislodges and the lever is released – thus suspending the animal in the air.
Below is a wide angle diagram of the snare:
Below is an up close diagram so that you can see the trigger system a little better. It’s important to note that you can increase the sensitivity of the trigger system by tying the leader line closer to the Y-stick along the trigger stick. The pressure of the trigger stick against the notched stake decreases the closer the leader line it tied to the Y-stick.
And now, an up close photo of one of the actual snares we made on the show. This one was placed in front of a hole in a tree where we found signs of squirrel activity.
When it comes to making snares, you are only limited by your own creativity. There are only a few trigger systems but they can be used in hundreds of different unique ways. Remember, INNOVATION is one of your most important survival skills!
Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN,