How To Catch Rabbits Using Snare Traps – Making & Setting Small Game Snares

Snaring Rabbits

Snares are quite easy to make, can be made for pennies, and do not require experience to be successful. The type of cable/wire or cord will depend on the game you’re trapping, but I like the galvanized clothesline cable. This cable will work for all small game such as Bobcat, Coyote, Raccoon, Fox, Rabbit, etc..

How To Make A Snare Trap Cheap But Effective

I make my Rabbit Snares out of 20 gauge 6 strand galvanized clothesline cable. For Rabbits I use a single strand, so you can make a lot of snares this way. If you are going to trap larger animals like Fox or Raccoon you could consider purchasing picture hanging cable (smaller dia) and use all strands. You can even buy this with loops on both ends.

In this trapping experience I went with two wire snares and one plastic (tie wrap) snare. I wanted to try a tie wrap as this would be an easy and quick way to make and set a snare for Rabbits. However I went back a few hours later and found that it did snare a Rabbit, but the rabbit had chewed through it. So this is not a material to be used for a snare. It will cost you your game and possibly harm the animal. Note, this is for survival tactics only and you can not afford to use something that decreases your odds of catching food, unless this is the only thing you have then use it with a trigger snare (tree branch).

How To Set Your Snare Traps

Snares are easy to set, but you need to find a good game trail and make sure the snare is stable, will not move with the wind. This video will walk you through making the rabbit snares, placing these snares, and catching rabbits.

Snaring Rabbits Is Easier Than You Think

If you think you need to practice using snares to be successful you’re wrong. Catching rabbits with snares is easy and does not take experience to make or set them. The most important things for success are Finding an Active Game Trial and making sure your snare loop stays in position. Other than that it’s easy…

What To Do When You Encounter Bees – Attacking Bees

How To Minimize Bee Stings Once You Have Disturbed Their Hive

The most common bees that Outdoorsmen encounter during their Hunting, Camping, or Hiking adventures are the Yellow Jackets. So you need to know what to do when you have accidentally disturbed a hive? Now the question is NOT are you going to get stung, but rather what to do to minimize the number of stings? Here I will give you a few tips on what to do based on which type of bee you have accidentally threatened.

Bumble Bees – Honey Bees – Wasp

These types of Bees are more aggressive toward their intruder, when the intruder stays in the immediate area. So run and seek shelter quickly if you want to minimize the number of times you’re going to get stung.

While running try to protect the majors areas such as your face, if in the woods run through thick brush to help confuse the bees, and keep running until they stop their pursuit or you find shelter. Avoid getting into the water or thinking you can dive underwater to escape them. This is a false safety haven the many have come to believe will work. This does not work and creates a serious situation for you, as you must come up for air and the only thing exposed is your face.

Honey Bees

The Honey Bee can only sting once and then it will die, however the stinger along with the remaining venom is left in the skin of its victims. To avoid squeezing more venom out of the stinger and into your body remove it by using your fingernail or the blade of your survival knife and scrape sideways across the stinger.

Yellow Jackets – Ouch!

Yellow Jackets are different then most other bees and running make things much worse and the reason I’m writing this article. I have accidentally disturbed these bees many times and this past weekend was another exciting one. You will see the bees and my plastic bag next to the log in my video and I will explain how I avoided hundreds of stings. Oh ya, these things hurt like heck and I prefer the Bees mentioned above over these things. If I had to decide which ones I want stinging me I would start with the Honey Bee!

How to minimize Yellow Jacket Bee Stings

I learned at age 8 not to run from these guys as I got stung 102 times, so here is what I do. Once I realize what I have done I start stepping backwards, keeping them off my face, and killing as many as I could during their attack. Yes, you will get stung as I took eight to twelve hits in this case, but I avoided hundreds of stings, which is what would have happened if I just started running. The last time I was in this situation was just last year in my Apple Orchard, and I only got stung 5 times then, so I strongly believe this is the best way to avoid Yellow Jacket stings, other than not to piss them off in the first place.

Avoiding Hundreds Of Stinging Yellow Jackets

Here is my story. I was in the woods clearing my last shooting lane for Archery when the log I just pushed started pouring out Yellow Jackets. Now due to experience I know exactly what not to do (Do Not Run!). Running makes these bees more aggressive and they will follow the air stream or vacuum you create when running and be on you quickly. Instead I dropped the plastic bag I had in my hand and continued backing up, away from the swarming bees. I then killed any Yellow Jacket that landed on me or stung me since they can sting multiple times. I also focused on protecting my face and mashing bees against my body or between my hands. I continued this, while walking backwards, until no more bees attacked.

Now, I very fortunate as I’m not allergic to bee stings or or insect bites, but let me tell you it still hurts like hell. I have always said I would prefer Honey Bees, Wasp, or Bumble Bees, over those Yellow Jackets. But it seems the only Bees I ever encounter anymore in the Woods or Orchard are those dang Yellow Jackets. Last year I was pulling some fence out from around my Apple trees and again opened up a hive. Yep, I got it that time too, but only a few stings, and I was in shorts, a muscle shirt and sandals without socks. Now the Black Lab took off 90 miles an hour, but I walked away slowing, getting stung maybe 5 times, but on the ears. Which brings up another good point.

What Part Of Your Body Do Yellow Jackets Attack First

Yellow Jackets like to go high with their attack and will head for the ears of its prey first, then the neck, face, & head. So focus on keep these areas protected during any attack.

Tips For Minimizing Bee Stings

1- know your bees and how to react to each type.
2- If you disturb a yellow jacket nest slowly walk away protecting your face, ears, head and neck. Do not swat at them as they will quickly sting your hands. Swift movements will only attract more yellow jackets.
3- Use thick brush or vegetation when trying to escape from bees. This will help confuse them and minimize the number of bees pursuing you.
4- Seek shelter as quick as you can
5- All but the Honey Bee can sting multiple times, so kill as many bees as possible during your escape.
6- Do not use water as a safe haven (security) as this creates a serious and dangerous situation for you.
7- Allergic reactions to bees stings may cause shock and life threatening conditions. Those with known allergies should carry sting treatment kits and be prepared to seek prompt medical attention if stung.

Yellow Jacket Video – 20 Minutes Later

Here are the Yellow Jackets I disturbed, using my phone I took this small video. You can see even after 20 minutes these bees are still pissed off! Also note the sound, not the bees themselves, but the humming sound. It sounds like a magnetic field or some type of energy field phasing in and out.

How To hunt Snowshoe Rabbits (Hares) – Northern Wisconsin

Hunting Hares – Snowshoe Rabbits

The Archery Deer Season is over, ice fishing is getting to be routine and cabin fever is setting in, so what can we do. Well we can make some spiders & poppers for the fly fishing season, or make a few top water bass poppers, or even make a few jigs for bluegill fishing, but I have something else that will fire you up, Snowshoe Rabbits.

In Northern Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin we have Hares (Snowshoe Rabbits) that weigh in at 3 to 5 pounds, are fun to hunt, and not to bad to eat. Their large well-furred hind feet give this rabbit the ability to run across deep snow at high speeds, so you will want to invest in a good set of snowshoes if your going after them.

If you have hunted the cottontail they are very similar, so similar hunting techniques will work. Here are a few tips to help in your hunt. Snowshoes feed on twigs, shrubs, and young saplings just like the Cottontail. They will make small depressions in the snow under low hanging pine branches or blow-downs, concealing all but their ears and eyes. Trust that the Hare will circle back sooner or later, as they are not comfortable being outside their territory for to long.

Where To Find Hares

Snowshoe Rabbits (Hares) are much like their smaller relative the Cottontails, except they do not use burrows to hide in. So look for thick edge cover, tracks, scattered rabbit pellets, feeding areas, and runways.

How To Spot Hares

Once Winter hits the Snowshoe fur has already turned white, so the best part of this Hare to focus on are the brown tipped ears and their black marble eyes.

How To Hunt Hares

You can use dogs to hunt Hares but I prefer the two man approach, one stumping brush and pushing thickets while the other is off to the side in a ready position. Since Hares are easy to take down I like to use a double barrel 20 gauge, with low brass for the first shot and high brass for the back-up. If you missed the Rabbit you can always have one hunter tracking while the second hunter is waiting for the Rabbit to circle back, as Rabbits are reluctant to leave their home territory. Another way to catch Rabbits is by Using Snares, which are easy to make and use.

Gray Fox Hunt – Rabbit Outsmarts Two Fox

Gray Fox versus Rabbit

It was a quite and cool Friday night as I headed out to my deer stand and started my second weekend of Archery hunting. With the weather turning cool now I had high expectations of seeing the shooter buck I had captured on my trail camera. Unfortunate I saw no deer this night, but the wildlife I did see and video taped was incredible.

Here two Gray Fox work the area looking for mice or a good Rabbit meal. However, the Rabbit proved to be much smarter as he was following right behind them, entering the area they just left. Here the Fox were under my deer stand and as soon as they left the Rabbit hopped in. If you listen close enough you can also here the Fox call twice in this video.

Multiple Wildlife

Once in my stand it only took about 20 minutes for the two Gray Fox to walk in. Once I new they were not deer, as I could here them long before I could see them, I started to video take them. Throughout the night you will see Fox, Rabbit, Geese, and a Possum all from the same stand.

Cabela’s Instinct Accelerator 9mm Rubber Boots – Review

Cabela’s Instinct Accelerator 9mm Rubber Boots

Specifications:
Zero Gravity Technology (ZGt) shells and out-soles
Flexible in cold temperatures
9mm neoprene construction
Armor-Flex technology for abrasion-resistant
TC3 OrthoLite footbeds for comfort
Fleece linings for additional warmth
Ht: 17″.
Avg. wt: 5.2 lbs./pair.

Are The Accelerator 9mm Rubber Boots Worth The Price

There are many reviews on this product and I have found most to be negative, however you will need to understand the pros and cons before making a rational decision.

How Do The Boots Fit

I recommend you try these on before purchasing as they run small and fit tight on the calf muscles. For example if you typically wear a size 9″ you will want to purchase a size 10″. If you plan to tuck in your pants these boots are not for you, as there is just enough room to have a tall pair of good wool socks, your pants will have to be pulled down around the out side of the boots. Then there is removing the boots once you’re in from the field. This is a little difficult, but not bad as a step edge works just fine. RATING Thumbs Down!

Are The Boots Comfortable

These boots are very comfortable for both walking and standing in all weather conditions. I found you can easily stand for 3-4 hours in freezing temperatures, 0-32 degrees without any problems, but I have not tried hunting all day in these conditions. RATING Thumbs Up!

Wear & Tear

I wear these boots everyday in the Fall, Winter, and early Spring and after a year they still look new, nothing more than normal wear. RATING Thumbs Up!

Price

I purchased these boots from Cabelas for $120 on sale, they are listed for $159. Compared to other boots I have purchased for hunting, these boots are over priced even at $120. RATING Thumbs Down!

Conclusion

The Cabela’s Instinct Accelerator 9mm Rubber Boots are very comfortable, easy to put on compared to tying laces, they keep your feet very warm during the hunting season, and they seem to hold up against the outdoor elements very well. The fit can easily be compensated for by buying a pair one size larger then you typically wear, and a pair of tall wool socks will suffice as you will not be able to tuck your hunting pants into these. As for the price, that’s your call, but I would not pay over $120 and that’s probably still $30 too much.