Oct 21

Before you know how to snare, snaring cable 1×19 or 7×7, it matters

  Before you know how to snare, snaring cable 1×19 or 7×7, it matters

by Clint Locklear, Predator Control Group

      This is simple right? Not really. By not getting too technical there are several kinds of cable on the market. We can use 7×7 aircraft, 1×19 aircraft, swagged cable (smooth line cable), Thompson cable, stainless steel cable and the list can go on and on. The two most common are 7×7 aircraft and 1×19 aircraft cable. These are easy to obtain and use. All cables have strengths and weaknesses for the snare man. It takes a lot of testing and experience to play with and find the best cable for you. If you are going to take snaring to a proficient level, I advise you to listen to your own line and find out what works best for you. A beaver is a beaver and a snare is a snare, but throw a trapper into the equation and what works for one guy won’t work for the next. Now saying that, I will be explaining my snares and there usage from my personal experience.

I personally use 1×19 cable on my control and fur lines. This cable is stiff in comparison to 7×7 aircraft cable. This cable is also wound different than 7×7 cable. I know that if you are new to snaring you probably think 7×7 is the only cable to use, not so. I have used and caught over a thousand beaver in 7×7 cable and a few observations have been made. The most important point against the 7×7 cable is that the cable separates quite easily. This can be a big problem with beaver. When the beaver is caught he does pulls on the cable, but beaver do far more rolling that jerking. This rolling causes the cable to get in a bind and kink. Once 7×7 gets kinked the individual cable strands start to separate. Due to the way the cable is made, it separates faster than 1×19. When this separation happens, you lose the strength, because you start losing the cable effect and start depending on individual cable strand strength. The more the cable kinks and separates, the closer you are to losing your beaver. This is my biggest problem with 7×7. I just don’t get kinking and separating on as many 1×19 snares. Don’t get me wrong, this can happen with 1×19 cable, but it’s a lot smaller percentage. Also by having 1×19 (a stiffer cable), I can control the loop shape. The 1×19 can make a perfect circle. This allows me to control how the beaver encounters the cable which allows more head catches and also more head and one leg catches. 7×7 cable is floppier and makes a tear drop shaped loop. This may not matter to the fur trapper, but makes a big difference to a control trapper. The tear drop shape is higher than it is wide. On big beaver this loop shape makes no difference, but smaller beaver can walk right through it. Sometimes the loop will be partly closed or it can look undisturbed. If you are getting payed to catch all of the beaver in a particular area, this can be a problem. By having a circle shaped loop and loading the snare, you can catch 15 ponders and monster beaver in the same loop. This is accomplished by giving the beaver only somewhere to put his head and having the bottom of the loop contact the chest of the beaver. The tear drop shaped loop, especially close to the ground, allows the beaver to walk through the snare further before contact is made with the cable. So why is 7×7 aircraft cable more popular than 1/19 cable? To be honest I don’t know, tradition, cheaper, lack of understanding or maybe it has just been in print more. In my humble opinion, 1×19 cable is the Cadillac of common snare cables, it plain holds together longer and is stronger than its 7×7 cousin. If you are going to make your own 1×19 snares let me warn you a little bit. 1×19 is slicker than 7×7 and you need to use two aluminum stops on your snares, I have had too many beaverand coyotes for that matter, pop the one stop off of the end of the cable. Now I use two stops and hammer them on which has stopped this problem.

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