Snare Safety: Keep Your “Gloves!”


( – In a survival scenario, snares are a great way to keep yourself fed. They’re easy to make, easy to set and, with the right bait, can catch lunch in a hurry. Unfortunately, they can also be dangerous to an unwary trapper. If the snare can kill an animal, it can hurt a human as well.

Set it and Leave it Alone…

When setting up an active snare, such as one that uses a bent sapling, don’t touch the noose with your hands once the trigger is set. Should you accidentally spring the snare, getting a hand or finger caught in the noose could become a life-or-death situation. No, you won’t have your neck broken or die from strangulation, but you could suffer an injury called degloving.

According to, degloving, also known as avulsion, is a severe injury in which the top layers of skin and tissues are torn from the underlying muscle tissue or even bone. This injury can be life-threatening as it results in extreme blood loss. Treatment requires extensive surgery and often skin grafts.

If you’re in a survival situation and using snares to hunt, remember to use extreme caution when setting them up. If you have to move the noose once the trigger is set, use a stick to do so. Never use your hands. Even minor injuries can become big problems if medical attention is inaccessible.

For more information on using snares to hunt, check out this article on Modern Survival.

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