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…

Guide Series Men’s Outdoor Insulated Camouflage Twill Jacket – Review

The Best Camouflage Hunting Coat For The Price

I have found the best Camo Coat/Jacket I have ever seen when it come to price. This is perfect for the entire Archery Season.

Where To Purchase This Archery Coat

I found this coat, which they call a jacket, in Gander Mountain on sale for up to 60% off. However you do not want to purchase it at the store, since you can get a better price on-line.

What Price Can You Purchase This Camo Jacket for

This Jacket in the store was on sale for up to 60% off. However, the most it ever came down to, from its regular price of $59.99, was $39.99. So I spent a year going into two different Gander Mountain Stores to see if the price would drop lower, as I wanted to purchase another one. Finally after a year I found this jacket on the Gander Mountain website for a much better deal. The Jacket was on sale for $39.99, with $10 off, and free shipping. So the total coast; $29.99 at the door.

Features

The Guide Series Men’s Outdoor Element Insulated Twill Jacket is built tough to withstand a variety of outdoor activities. Crafted from rugged 100% cotton twill fabric, the jacket boasts diamond-quilted insulation throughout with brushed tricot at the body and hood for extra warmth and taffeta at the sleeves for easy on and off.

Articulated elbows allow for a wider range of movement for even greater comfort with minimum noise. The Insulated Twill Jacket features a three-piece hood with draw-cord adjustment; a full-length front zipper; elastic-bound cuffs and bottom hem; and a license holder at the upper back. Bellowed front cargo pockets with hidden-snap flap closures, brushed tricot hand-warmer pockets (behind the cargo pockets), and an interior patch pocket provide ample storage for all your essential gear or camera. The Jacket is imported from China, so it is not USA made.

The jacket is not that heavy, is quite, and the cotton twill does not collect the burrs and tick-tacks like other materials do.

* Guide Series Men’s Outdoor Element Insulated Twill Jacket Item # 783321
* Rugged 100% cotton twill fabric
* Diamond-quilted insulation for warmth
* Brushed tricot at the body and hood
* Taffeta-lined sleeves for easy on/off
* Articulated elbows for added mobility

Product Review – 4.5 Stars*

I first purchased this jacket over a year ago. I like it so much I wanted to purchase another one for future usage and buy one for my two youngest sons, who enjoy Archery Hunting as much as I do. But I wanted to see if it would drop in price more before purchasing, since the sale sign in the stores said up to 60% off.

The Jacket is much larger then US sizes, most likely due to being made in China. I wear an Extra Large and had to go with a Large, which is still a little big on me.

Great for the Entire Archer Season, large enough to put layers of clothing under it, or to wear as is.

The zipper, if not seated completely down will separate, so make sure it seated entirely before zipping up. If it does separate it will take a few minutes to work it back down, but does not seen to damage the zipper.

The Jacket has plenty of pockets for gloves, hats, camera, etc..

I strongly recommend this coat for hunting in both the early and late Archer Season. I give it my thumbs up with a 4.5 Start rating.

Are The Timber Wolves Affecting the Deer Population – Upper Midwest States

Timber Wolf Is Killing More Than Just The Whitetail Deer

This is an update to the article I did on the Timber wolf a year ago, as I want to keep you up-to-date on how the landowners and hunters are faring with these Wolves. If you remember the DNR claimed that reintroducing the Timber Wolf would not affect the deer herd, but the evidences says otherwise, see what is happening not only to the Whitetail Hunting, but also to Hunting Dogs and Pets.

What The Landowners, Bear Hunters & Deer Hunters Are Saying

I was up near Superior Wisconsin last week (Sept 17) and talked to a number of Landowners and Hunters and here is what they had to say. Note, my discussion on this subject was limited to the landowners and hunters.

Those that I talked to are not happy with the DNR and the reintroduction of these wolves. One question that kept coming up was how the DNR can do whatever they want, while we the landowners have to apply for special permits just to try and get permission to do something. For example, if you have lake or river frontage on your property it’s almost impossible to get permission to do anything to help protect or improve your shoreline. So why not let Nature also take its course with the Wolves?

Wolves Are Killing Hunting Dogs

Hunters that use dogs for hunting game such as; Bear, Rabbit, Coyote, and Raccoon are running into conflicts with the Wolf and a pack of wolves win every time. Yes, hunting dogs are being killed by wolves during these hunts, so the DNR is telling everyone to exercise caution when in or near wolf occupied areas. So why are these hunters not happy, well first of all these situations are very dangerous for the hunter and a good hunting dog is not cheap..

Now wolves killing dogs is not limited to just hunting dogs, there are cases of wolf attacks on pet dogs as well, and these cases are increasing each year. Here is just one of many!

Where Are The Deer?

Studies are clearly showing a dramatic decrease in deer populations in the last ten years and many hunters are now seeing Buck Only Seasons. Why, because the DNR now see how the wolf has put a Big Hurt to the deer population and they are now trying to increase the deer population by protecting the Doe. The next step the DNR will take is to move to a lottery for deer hunting, which will make things worse.

Deer vs Wolf

So the question is do we want a large deer population or a larger wolf population? The DNR thinks we want a larger Wolf population, but they stand alone in this decision.

Can The Wolf & Deer Survive Together?

Nature tells us yes that the deer and wolf have lived side by side for hundreds of years, but both those populations were kept in sync with the hunters and trappers, that is until the wolf became an endangered species. However this has now changed with the reintroduction of the Timber Wolf.

Years ago the Wolf was being trapped for it’s fur and Deer hunted for meat, but with little to no value in furs, trapping is not so popular any more and with the protection of the wolf by the DNR the Whitetail Deer are in trouble. You see there are a number of predators after the Deer, but the only Wolf predator we are aware of, is Man.

What Should We Do About The Wolf

First of all you need to know what areas are occupied by the wolf as these animals are very territorial and become very aggressive when you are in their area or mistakenly come close to a den. The DNR list these areas on a map and do continuous updates as they learn about them. So if you are a hunter, camper, or hiker, avoid these areas if possible or be prepared for any encounter.

The next thing to do is search for groups that are meeting with the DNR to try and remedy the dangerous situations that have occurred since the reintroduction of the Timber Wolf. Those situations such as; hunting dogs being attacked, pets being killed near homes, and pets being attack when on public walking trials.

Do not take these animals lightly when in their area. The Timber or Gray Wolf is the largest member of the dog or Canid family. Adult wolves will get up to 6.5 feet long and weigh in at 175 pounds.

Do Scent Eliminators Really Work – Deer Hunting

Scent Eliminator Sprays & Scent Blocker Clothing

Do Scent Eliminator Sprays really eliminate odors and does Scent Blocker Clothing really block odors, the answer to this is not a simple yes or no. Here we will explain the differences between Odor & Scent Control, which will help you become more successful on your hunting adventures.

Odor & Scent Control Differences

Odor- odor is very easy to smell as we have all experienced someone with bad body odor, but for animals the slightest human (odor) smell is a danger alert, so we need to understand it and minimize it. Yes, minimize since we can not eliminate odor. Odors are created by the Apocrine Glands which are found in the groins, hands, feet, and underarms and the Eccrine Glands, which are the major sweat glands found in virtually all skin, with the highest density in palms, soles, and head. Now sweat does not have odor itself, but the bacterial on our body attacks the sweat and creates this odor. This process only takes a few minutes to an hour depending on our activity, how we are dressed, and our psychological condition.

Scent Control- Scent is an odor or smell that is caused from an outside source other than our bodies, which adheres to our body or penetrates our clothing. The wrong scent and again the deer will be alarmed, but the right scent the deer will either pay no attention to or they will seek it out.

Scent Eliminator Sprays

Scent eliminators or killer sprays are designed to block or minimize your body odor. I personally, do not use these sprays and have found that the deer can also smell these. During one hunt I had a buck follow my trail to my stand after spraying down with a Scent Killer, that is when I stop using them. I figured if a curious buck was tracking my scent killer spray that more were avoiding my area. So unless you’re out in field for a week or two and have no way to keep clean I would not use them.

Fact, you can not eliminate odor so the best thing to do is to minimize it. This can be done by good hygiene and making sure your hunting clothes and boots are scent free or scent controlled. We will explain this more below.

Scent-Blocker Clothing

Scent blocker clothing is designed to contain your body odor by absorbing it in the activated carbon that is sewn in the material. The cons to this type of clothing is that it can only absorb so much before the activated carbon is saturated, then it needs to be regenerated.

Scent blocker clothing will last for a season or two then it loses its ability to absorb odors, giving you a sense of false security after that. I do not purchase this clothing and prefer cotton camouflage material that can be control through washing and scent covers (masking odor). You can see in my videos that bucks come right under our stands or within 10 yards when hunting. Our stands are only 13 to 15 feet off the ground and we do not purchase odor eliminator sprays or clothing. The only scent we will purchase is Doe Estrus for the rut, otherwise it’s all odor control with natural scent to help mask our body odor. In this video the deer comes up to the stand to lick the apple juice that was on my boot due to stepping on apples in my orchard.

This video is taken by my son who also uses leaves for scent control.

This video is during the rut and this buck stood under my stand for 10 minutes without scenting me. Again we do not use any scent eliminator sprays or scent blocker clothing. I did have apple on my boots, leaf scent on my clothing, and I had a Doe in heat pad hanging in a near by bush. These are just a few of the videos we have and we have no trouble getting bucks to come in close.

How To Minimize Your Odor

There are a number of things you can do to minimize your odor and I will touch on a few. However, each hunter is different, the climate your hunting is different, and the terrain is different, which will require different tactics. For example, when I had my land in Buffalo Co. WI. I carried my clothes up the ridges in a plastic bag. Once I got within a hundred yards of my stand I changed into my hunting clothes and put my sweaty clothes into a different plastic bag. This kept my body odor from penetrating into my hunting clothes.

A Few Odor Minimizing Tactics
1. Shower before going out to hunt. Use just water unless you have odorless soap.
2. Keep your clothes and boots clean and free of outside/artificial odors and store in a scent free plastic bag. Use leaves from the woods to help mask odors.
3. Do not use deodorants, hair gel, hair sprays, makeup, lipstick, body lotion, skin moisturizers, etc when hunting.
4. Use rubber boots versus leather with cloth.

How To Control Scent

There are two things you need to consider when trying to control scent; first those scents that you do not want to be absorbed into your hunting clothes and then those you do want. For example you do not want the scent of oils or grease, but you do want the scent of woods, acorns, or Estrus (Doe) at different times.

Non-Wanted Scent

Avoid having your hunting clothes and boots in the present of; cooking food, pets, smoking, oils, grease, cosmetics, soaps, paints, house sprays, etc. Avoid eating spicy foods, fried foods, and chewing gun before going out to the woods. Do not wear your hunting clothes or boots other than for hunting and that means change them even before you get into a vehicle . If you have helped field dress a deer or hunted in your clothing for a few days then wash them and place them back into your non-scented plastic bag.

Wanted Scent

Cover/masking scent works better than Scent eliminators, which really are just scent reducers. So what scent do we want and how do you apply it? The best scent is a natural scent that the deer are use to such as; corn, apples, leaves, bark, acorns, ceder, sumac, etc. The best of these is leaves, which is also the easiest to make and apply. For this all you have to do is pull leaves, place them in a non-scented plastics bag, and then place your hunting clothes (boots, hat, & gloves also) in the bag. See how to use leaves as a scent control.

Conclusion

You need to practice odor control and scent masking if you want to improve your hunting skills. If you get a sense of security from using scent eliminator sprays or scent blocker clothing then keep using them as they do help to minimize and block body odors. However, I do not purchase these items since you can do a better job at minimizing your odor then what these products offer. You can even make your own natural scent, which will mask what odor you could not eliminate and produce a smell that is natural to the deer.

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.