dixieangler wrote:I was watching the dueling duo Dual show and the barefoot guy sets out some Southwest scissor snares in Mexico. If you don't know what this thing is (the show did not really give details, surprise, surprise), it uses two sticks that act like a pair of scissors when the second cord or scissors cord closes them. The first cord is the spring cord. This thing has more steps in it, uses more materials, and cord than most standard spring snares. So why not KISS. That is Keep It Simple Stupid. The more complex a snare is, the more can go wrong with it. He got lucky and got a rabbit. I know the scissor snare has been used for centuries in the Southwest, but why he did not just use a simple spring snare and save the extra steps and extra material is beyond me. Fixed snares would have been even easier than simple spring snares and work just as good on rabbits.
I am not even sure that the Cody guy even caught the rabbit they showed. Might have been set up like the tied up turkey that Dave shot with a bow and arrow on another show. The toggle trigger system, the brace for the scissor part, the spring, all the cord, and all the while more disturbance to the animal run and more human scent spread around. The animal can only go in on the one side (where the scissors are) or it won't work. If the animal goes for any bait on the pressure stick on the other side without going through the scissors, it won't work. An animal can come at the trap from many different directions not just the two directions on the run. The only things it has going for it is the method of the kill (crushing suffocate) and that it is "somewhat" more selective for rabbit (depends on what other animals use the run).
I saw some kid on youtube show this thing the other day. He used a "green" stick for the spring. If he let it set for a while and it dries out, the spring will hold the shape he set it and no longer spring back. That is why a seasoned stick needs to be used. His anchor sticks did not hold when the trap was sprung and they flew out of the ground. An animal may survive the impact and escape if all parts to hold the animal do not hold. He used more parts than necessary for the toggle/pressure trigger. He was trying to stabilize the pressure stick with more sticks but if the parts were cut right, he wouldn't need to do that. To be fair, he was a young kid and the only place he probably ever set up was his back yard...and he probably knows more about traps than most kids nowadays.
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