The Trigger-Spring Snare has been around for as long as we have, and earlier versions have been used by primitive societies world-wide. There are four necessary elements of a trigger-spring snare, which include: Noose Two-Part Trigger Leader Line Engine Noose To create the noose, you must use approximately 18-24 inches of any type of malleable flexi-wire (neither too brittle, nor too thick). The wire must be capable of quickly stringing through the snare and when pulled upon, must tighten rapidly. If this type of material is unavailable, you will have to make do with some type of string material (like fishing line, dental floss, etc). If the string snaps when you forcefully pull it apart with your two fists, then it likely will not be capable of holding a 5-8 lb animal. If you are really at a loss for noose-like materials, there are certain bark fibers that may do the trick (such as dogbane, palm and milkweed). Two-Part Trigger The hook and base (trigger) make up the leader line. While the noose is tied to the bottom (base) of the leader line, the hook attaches to the top. The "engine" ultimately provides tension-force to the hook- until an animal comes by and "unlocks" it by pulling on the noose. Please note that are many ways to modify the trigger to its specific geographic surroundings (for example, by using a modified carved trigger or a Y-Stick Trigger). Leader Line The most important fact about the leader line concerns its purpose. Your leader line must be strong enough to resist the weight of a captured animal, as well as the force that the animal may exert while trying to get free. Engine The engine is essentially the mechanism that the animal must deploy to set off the trap. The engine can differ depending on your specific surroundings. For example, in a treeless environment you could always stick a branch into the ground to create a type of "stake". Additionally, you may weigh your leader line over a support (like a branch) to accomplish the same thing. These are the basic components to primitive snares. While you may need to do further research to determine which type of trigger-spring snare would be the most advantageous considering your environmental setting, bear in mind that the noose itself can be a great tool, even without the remaining components that define it as a double-spring. Additional Snaring Tips Do not simply set up snares wherever you like as this will ultimately be a waste of energy. Instead, set up snares specifically where you know small game has been traveling (areas with signs of animal occupation). For example, an area with burrows, signs of feeding, droppings and/or scratches would be ideal. It is also possible to use natural obstacles (such as logs, rocks, dirtsetc) to funnel animals towards your traps as opposed to completely disturbing the surrounding areas.