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Snares Or Moose Traps


These devices, although properly coming under the

head of traps, differ from them in the sense in which they are

generally understood. A snare naturally implies an entanglement;

and for this reason the term is applied to those contrivances which

secure their victims by the aid of strings or nooses. Inventions of

this kind are among the most useful and successful to the professional

Trapper, and their varieties are nume
ous. The Twitch-up will be

recognized as a familiar example by many of our country readers,

who may have seen it during their rambles, cautiously set in the

low underbrush, awaiting its prey, or perhaps holding aloft its

misguided victim.

Snares are among the most interesting and ingenious of the trap

kind, besides being the most sure and efficacious. They possess

one advantage over all other traps; they can be made in the woods,

and out of the commonest material.

Let the young trapper supply himself with a small, sharp hatchet,

and a stout, keen edged jack-knife,--these being the only tools

required. He should also provide himself with a coil of fine brass

sucker wire, or a quantity of horse-hair nooses (which will be

described further on), a small ball of tough twine and a pocket full

of bait, such as apples, corn, oats and the like, of course depending

upon the game he intends to trap. With these, his requirements are

complete, and he has the material for a score of capital snares,

which will do him much excellent service if properly constructed.

Perhaps the most common of the noose traps is the ordinary