How To Make a Wire Small Game Snare For Your Survival Kit

As you may already know, just published an article that I wrote titled HOW TO BUILD A SMALL GAME SURVIVAL SNARE. This is a very thorough article about my favorite small game snare set – the Trigger Spring Snare.  If you haven’t already read it, click on the link below to see it.  It has many excellent photos that detail a variety of ways to make an incredibly effective Survival Snare.

I conclude the fore-mentioned article by suggesting that it’s a good idea to keep a handful of pre-made wire snares in your survival pack or Bug Out Bag just in case you may ever be faced with a need to trap wild game for food.  You just never know…

In this article I will show you how I make my pre-made wire noose snare sets.  Many people make these different ways but at the end of the day, all designs are pretty similar.  For just a few $$$ you can buy enough supplies to make 10 + pre-made wire snares to stow away in your survival packs and kits.

You only need 2 items to start making snares.  Both can be picked up at pretty much any local hardware store.  The first item is wire.  I prefer #2 picture hanging wire.  It consists of 12ish small wires twisted into 1 thin cable.

You will also need some little fasteners called “Cable Ferrules”.  They will be located in the Small Parts bins in most hardware stores with all the random little nuts, bolts, etc…  I think these I purchased for just .29 cents each.

Make sure they are sized appropriately for the #2 wire – not too big and not too small.  These are to clamp and secure the loop holes at each end of your snare wire.


 Now, let’s make some snares.


The first step is to cut a few lengths of wire.  I normally cut 36″ pieces but it’s a good idea to cut a variety of different snare lengths ranging from 24″ to 36″.  I use the wire cutters on my Leatherman MUT.

The next step is to create a loop a little larger than the diameter of a pencil by feeding one end of a piece of wire in and back through the cable ferrule.

Now, crimp it down using the wire cutters – not too hard – you don’t want to cut through it – you just want to crimp it tight on the wire inside.

Then, wrap the little tail around the main leg to finish it off cleanly.

Do the same thing to the other end of your piece of wire.

NOTE:  Make sure you can thread one loop end through the other loop end to make a noose.  Don’t make your little loops on the ends so small that you can’t feed the other end through it to create a snare noose.

When you are finished, your pre-made snares should look something like this.

The noose can then be set across a well traveled game trail and the other end can be tied off using different cordage such as paracord to a stake or tree.

Here is a photo of the paracord tied to a nearby sapling.

Snares like this can also be placed across burrow entrances.

You can easily store several snares like these in a small tobacco dip can or other little container.  I prefer aluminum or metal because they are multi-functional.  See how I use an aluminum can to make CHAR CLOTH in THIS POST.  These snares take up hardly any space and weigh virtually nothing but can be an incredibly effective hunting party when you need them to be.  It’s amazing how something so small and light-weight can be so useful and effective.

To learn about how to further use and set snares like these, be sure to read my article about Survival Snares on here:

Remember, it’s not IF but WHEN



  1. Guitar strings can also make for a decent snare. They are a little stiff but are very strong. I had an incomplete set of strings that I experimented with and decided to my BOB.

  2. If you make your wire snares before the collapse of civilization then you can also solder the ends of the cables to keep the little wires from fraying and/or poking you. If you have to make them in the field, then I’d throw a little gaffer’s tape (duct tape is for savages) on there. Those little wires create more pain per square inch than any other thing that I know of.

    • If duck tape is wrong I don’t wanna be right. On a side note to the OP do you have any tricks on snare locks? I have seen using pennies bent with holes drilled in them and that seems like the easiest way. But its defacing federal currency and illegal I have to tag my name and number to this and leave it out somewhere possibly for someone to find. Tagging my name to a crime is last on my list of things to do.

      • @Hopper055

        Bending or drilling holes in a penny is not illegal. Its only illegal if you are trying to turn your penny into another denomination by defacing it. Bend away and happy snaring.

      • a small washer works just as well

  3. Thanks for the info on making homemade snare traps. Very helpful. Keep survival tips coming.

  4. Michael Groesch says:

    I like the use of the picture frame wire…I would just like to say, if you don't want to go with the ferrule's you can just tie a bow-line knot and the loop will work just as well..your call of course.

    • Mike Adams says:

      Though I have not yet tried this. For snares Plastic coated wire leader can be secured with a melt knot They are incredibly strong yet simple to make They make great leaders for big toothy fish To test this tie a melt knot at both end of ends of about 2 feet of wire fishing leader and insert a sixteen penny nail through the loops at both ends and pull the ends in opposite directions. 99% of the time the wire will fail before the knot.

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  8. Enjoyed the article. Good tips. I got some bicycle brake cables for this purpose a long time ago (I know, you could lift a deer 🙂 ) but still having trouble finding suitable ferrules in the uk. Will get some strong picture wire and use those instead.. Now if I only can find the ferrules :). Just a comment on the snares, as they are shinny, could do with being buried for a few days to get a camo-disguise on. Animals are true born survivors and won’t go near something that looks foreign. With a good camo (and no scent on them or the trail) they’re more likely to fall for them quicker. Keep writing.

  9. Stephan says:

    Just a question, how does this particular snare actually work to kill the animal? I’ve made it, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that actually locks the wire in and keeps it from slipping. Maybe the loop is too big? Just curious if maybe I did something wrong. Seems like an animal wouldn’t strangle itself, and as it moved less the snare would loosen, allowing the small game to slip out.

    • Stephan – the animal will not move less. It will always struggle to pull away from the snare by instinct. It will not loosen. Hope this helps man.

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