Snare wire is used in many emergency preparedness kits as a form of catching small game, but it can have other uses as well. You might decide to use some of the wire to make a handle for your canteen cup. I want to quickly mention the three most common types of wire you could use for snaring. This question seems to always get asked by preppers and new hunters.
As you have already read the title of this post, you would know the three that are the most common: Copper, Brass, and Steel.
Copper is the softest metal of the three. I like to use this for my small animals. It doesn’t take much for it to break, so I would recommend that you twist it together to give it some strength if you plan on using it for bigger animals.
Brass is in the middle. It will usually contain 65% copper and 35% zinc. It is great for both small and big animals. I also recommend that you twist this together if you plan on using it on bigger animals.
Steel is the strongest of the three. I usually reserve this for the bigger animals. It doesn’t take as long for it to start to corrode as the others would, so I buy the kind that has a coating on the outside. Usually the floral wire works best for this application.
When you go to buy your snare wire, I would suggest you get the 24 gauge wire. It seems to hold up the best and is still small enough to do the job right. I also decided to include a list of the states that still allow, to my knowledge, legal snaring. They are the following:
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- New York
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- New Hampshire
- South Carolina
Make sure you check with your states Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for regulations and restraints.
You might be wanting to know which one is the best. Well, they all work great. Some people have a preference over which one to use and that is ok. They are all equal in my eyes and I don’t find one to be better than the other.