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Trapping Video, How to Snare, Clint Locklear shows how to load a snare for speed and not how to load a snare. Faster snares will catch you more animals.

Loading a snare is so important to having the snare work for you in the woods. Most snares are NOT loaded and cause the animal to have to pull the loop down. A loaded snare will jump (close) down on the animal when they bump the bottom of the snare loop with their chest.

If you are new to this, always keep the cable in its natural memory. If you load the cable sideways, the snare will not work very well or at all. Also you have to know what the snare is built for. A 14 inch coyote snare needs to be loaded different from a 7 inch raccoon snare. The loading procedure should only be used on 1/3 of the intended loop size. If you have never done this before, go slow and push gently as you load the snare. You do not want to over-load the snare because you added to much pressure to the cable. Take your time, after a few snares, you will get the feel for how much pressure you will need to apply.

The best way to learn is to do. You will probably screw a few snares up, so what. Learn from this, all education cost something. Messing up a few snares is cheap in the advantage you will have out on your fur or animal control line.

Good Luck,



  1. Nate says:

    Wouldnt the egg shapped snare be a better idea for beaver on land, because of the way there body is shaped. Last summer i snared my first and only beaver on a adc job. I snared it by a front foot any idea of what i might of done wrong.

    1. admin says:

      I would load the snare, On the Teachers Of Night DVD on beaver, you can see how a beaver would probally not been caught with a slower non-loaded snare.

      I know way more number beaver men that laod their beaver snare than don’t.

      Test both ways for your self (just because I or someone else says it, does not make it true). Let your snare line and the animals be your real teacher.

  2. Beavertrapper says:

    That is the best explanation for how to quickly and simply load a snare that I’ve ever seen. I’ve got videos that make it seem a lot more complicated than what you showed.

    I found that I screwed up fewer snares loading them after I made them than trying to load the cable before I made the snare.

  3. Bud Stroup says:

    Hate to admit it but I have been loading my snares wrong for years! Iwas loading the top, like I was tought! from a video 20 years ago. Can not thank you enough Clint. like the idea of loading on the line insted of in my shop. Shows how emportant (disinformation) can hurt.

    1. admin says:

      Don’t feel bad brother, I did it wrong for years.

  4. Michael says:

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I have been trying to figure out how to properly load a snare for three years. I have purchased multiple videos…when all I had to do was come visit Wolfer Nation!

    1. admin says:

      Glad it helped you out Michael.

  5. Pam says:

    Thanks again!