To build a spring snare trap with paracord you will need two sturdy sticks that have a “v”. You may need to cut a branch off to make the sticks somewhat symmetrical to each other. You will also need a plain stick a little longer than 1’, another stick that is 1’ and has a point carved on one end, a small stick that is about 3” long, and some paracord.
The first thing to do is find a spot to put your trap. Look for high traffic areas like game trails. You will also want your trap set up near a sapling which will be used as the coil for the trap. Once you have found a suitable location, pound the two sturdy sticks into the ground about 1’ apart until the short end of the “v” is touching the ground. Take the stick with the pointed end and pound it into the ground half way, about 1’ from the center of the first two “v” sticks.
Place the plain 1’ stick between the holes created by the “v” sticks. You want the stick to be long enough so there are a few inches on the outside of each “v” sticks. This will make it so the stick stays in place.
Take your paracord and tie it to the sapling that you should have positioned your trap by. Then tie the smallest stick about 3’ from the remaining end of paracord. Tie a loop in the remaining end of the paracord and put the cord through the loop. This will create a noose which will snare the animal.
Bring the paracord with the smallest stick tied to it down to the stick that is between the two “v” sticks. At the center of that stick, wrap the cord around the side that the pointed stick is on. Bring the small stick tied to the end of the paracord around to the other side. The stick between the two “v” sticks should be off the ground, but held in place by the “v” sticks.
Take the last stick and holding the paracord with the small stick in place gently put the last stick in between the pointed stick that is pounded in the ground and the end of the smallest stick tied to the paracord. There should be some tension between the two points. This is what will hold everything in place.
Take the remaining end of the paracord with the noose, and position it under the last stick in an open circle. You may want to hold the circle open with small sticks, but that is up to you. When an animal comes along and steps on the stick holding everything in place, the snare should release and the paracord should tighten down on the animal.
That’s all there is to building a spring snare trap with paracord. Give it a try and see if your can snare an animal. This may seem like fun and games, but there may be a time where this becomes a survival skill. Always carry paracord with you when out in the wilderness, you never know when you might need it.