How to Snare a Rabbit
Knowing how to snare a rabbit can be useful for pest control or for ensuring that you have a tastey meal waiting for you at home once you’ve finished work. It is a fairly simple procedure, however snares need to be checked twice a day in order to claim your catch before any other predator does- you have a responsibility to do this to prevent unnecessary suffering.
1- Find a rabbit trail or rabbit track and locate the narrowest point on the trail. If there isn’t a particularly narrow point, artificially create one with branches etc.
2- Set a sturdy branch. Perhaps cut a sharpened branch off of the foliage and drive in into the ground so that it crosses over the narrow part of the trail.
3- Set a loop. With a strong piece of string, or better still, wire, create a small loop at one end with a regular knot, then pull the centre of the rest of the string through the loop enough that you have a larger 4 inch diameter loop (wire will hold its shape better).
4- Tie the other end of the string to the sturdy branch so that the large loop is about 3-4 inches off of the ground.
5- Should you be using flimsier string, hold the loop open with very thin twigs that will come loose and/or snap should the snare be triggered.
6- Block the rest of the path off to better funnel the rabbit towards the snare.
7- Check the snare twice a day and be sure to kill the rabbit as quickly and humanely as possible by snapping its neck.
Prepare the snare to be effective from both sides of the path- rabbits don’t just go one way around a track!
Check the legislation on trapping and killing rabbits for your local area before setting any snares- ignorance does not qualify as a legal defence.