DIY Preparedness: BOB Survival Snares

I had some cable ferrules left over after running my electric fence around my front yard garden. This ought to keep the suburb deer at bay. The cable ferrules were used to splice onto my hot wire in the back yard (keeps my dogs from digging out). I had some picture wire hanging on some peg board in my shop. Bingo! I’ll make some more snares for my BOB.

Bill of Material

Picture wire – Braided wire that can be bent and twisted to form and hold the diameter needed for your trap set. (Free – Hanging in my shop)

Cable ferrules – There’s several sizes so choose the one that will fit your wire. (Under $1.00)

I bought the ferrules from Tractor Supply. The package held about 20 ferrules. You can find them in most hardware stores.


Wire pliers or leatherman multi-tool.

Tools, material, and ‘Smokey Joe’

I’ve got a few cable snares in my bag already, but thought I might need more. Trapping animals is a passive activity in a survival situation which allows you more time for other important elements of surviving (water, fire, shelter, etc.). Increase you chances of eating by having more sets. So I’m adding some of the new ones to my bag and a few in my wife’s BOB.

Step A: Cut the cable. I just measure from my chin to the end of my finger on my outstretched arm. That’s about 3 feet. Since I was at my shop, I cut the cable with a pair of wire strippers.

Ferrule threaded over end of cable

Step B: Pull enough cable through the ferrule to make a loop about 1/2 inches in diameter. Insert the loose end of the cable back into the other side of the ferrule until a small amount (1/8 inch) of cable is showing out the bottom of the ferrule.

Loop cable back through ferrule

Step C: Use you wire cutters or leatherman tool to crimp the ferrule onto both wires. The ferrules are soft metal so don’t cut through them when crimping. I used the wire cutting part of the tool for the first crimps. Be sure to crimp both sides of the ferrule with the cutting edge. Then, squeeze the ferrule with the flat part of the pliers.

Crimping with the sharp edge of pliers

Squeeze with the flat part next

Step D: Now, feed the loose end of the cable through your newly formed loop making a noose. Repeat the whole process on the loose cable end with another ferrule and your pliers. This second loop you created will be used to anchor the snare with cordage or paracord on the game trail. Placement of the snare will determine how much cordage you’ll need to secure the snare.

The completed snare

Step E: I use an empty Altoids tin that holds 5 snares with room for more survival items. The snares aren’t stainless steel so they’ll rust over time with use. But for the price, they’re hard to beat.

Altoids tin for storing snares.

Now for a little test on my new snares. I’ll update you on the prey I catch. But for now, this will have to do.

Works great on gnomes!

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3 thoughts on “DIY Preparedness: BOB Survival Snares

  1. Talbert

    So is it essentially a wire noose? is a twitch-up mechanism required?


    • Not sure what a twitch-up mechanism is. What is it?


      • Talbert

        there may be other names for it and I am pretty new to making snares but you bend down a sapling or something and attach it (with a trigger of course) to a stake in the ground and it lifts up the prey into the air. If you type “twitch up snares” int Google images it should give you a pretty good idea. I was wondering what kind of snare you would use your invention for


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