Hoops, loops and rab­bits

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I’ve been set­ting rab­bit snares, but I haven't been en­joy­ing any suc­cess. How big a loop do I need to make? And how far off the ground should the bot­tom wire be? Also, do I need to set them be­tween gaps on their well-worn tracks, or where they make foot fall? Do you know of any book that ex­plains how to do it?

Sadly, I don’t know of any books that might help you here. Most folk learn about the art of snar­ing from some­one who has been do­ing it all their life, and have learned from their mis­takes. Which is what I did.

The size of the loop I use is about nine inches across and forms a pear shape. I use six strand snares fit­ted with stops to pre­vent the rab­bit from be­ing stran­gled.

The snare is set above the mid­dle of the small­est beat/ land­ing pad of a run. The smaller the pad and fur­ther apart it is means the rab­bit is mov­ing at speed with its head in the mid­dle. This then means you can be con­fi­dent where to set the snare. How­ever, if there are drop­pings on the run then don’t bother, as this is where it sits to while away the time and con­tem­plate.

The snare height will vary de­pend­ing on what it is jump­ing over. For in­stance, the longer the grass, the higher the snare needs to be set.

The low­est I would set the snare on an open run would be the width of my hand.

Ed­ward says:

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