How to Catch a Squirrel with a Snare Pole

If you want to catch a squirrel, then a very efficient method is by using a snare pole. If you haven’t done such task in the past, this is a thorough guide that will help you get the job done, successfully.

Check the Laws

First of all, you need to check the laws in your residential state according to the use of the snare pole. In some states, the use is forbidden so make sure you have covered those specific areas.

Area with Squirrels

Now, you can check all those trees nearby that you have seen many squirrels in the past, or even better a squirrel nest.

Find the Spot

Now it is time to search for the right place to set up the pole. You can use some branches and a small tree. Ideally, you should use natural layout in order to make your snare pole completely successful. Squirrels will use the fastest route in order to get where they want to go.


Your snare pole will also need a noose. A wire can do the job, but you can choose from many different materials depending on your skills. Make sure that it is flexible and strong enough. Even your shoe strings can do the job if you don’t have anything else available.

Place the Snare

Now it is time to place your snare, in a tree nearby within the area that you have scouted earlier. This way, you will not lose the spot no matter how many hours they pass. Place the pole against the tree and turn all the branches and forks inside your pole. This way, they can form a tunnel in order to encourage the squirrel to actually go through the branches.

Waiting Time

This is a very crucial stage, the waiting period. You need to be patient in order to allow the squirrels to feel safe around your new device until you can actually catch any. They will be very cautious at first, and they will not go near your trap. Do not feel disappointed, it will definitely take some time. Once they get used to it, they will start running around it. You can check the trap every day with the use of binoculars. You don’t want to visit your pole every once in a while and scare off them.

Check the Snares

Ideally, you need to check the snares you have placed every 6 to 8 hours. The snares that you have placed will most likely kill the squirrel that you will catch, so you don’t want to keep a dead animal into the wild for too long. A dead, small animal will attract bigger predators, and you do not want that.

Make sure you stay close to the snare poles and check them on a regular basis. If you catch one, you need to readjust the snare poles in order to catch more squirrels, if this is your goal.

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