Do It Yourself Snare Pole
A game remover snare pole you can make yourself for about $5
I made my own snare to save on weight and it works as well or better than the commercial ones, as it has a longer handle than most, a bigger snare loop, and it weighs less.
All materials available from any hardware store:
A) 42 inches of half-inch PVC pipe -- or longer if you prefer (if longer you will also need a longer length of cable). This very narrow PVC pipe flexes a bit, but it's tough enough to do the job. I find 42 inches is long enough to make the animal feel it can bolt, but short enough to carry on the outside of my pack.
B) Two short copper pieces used to sweat copper pipes together. These go on the ends of the PVC pipe, prevent cable wear on the PVC pipe, and look good to boot. These copper tips will stay on by themselves -- no glue is needed.
C) About 4 inches of copper pipe to be used as a T handle.
D) About 8 feet of 1/8 cable (available from Home Depot).
E) A hacksaw and a hammer, and an electric drill with 1/8 bit. A vice is very nice to have.
F) A 1/8 inch cable ferrule and stop set (available from Home Depot). You will only be using the two stops, not the ferrules.
1. Cut the PVC to length, slip the copper end caps on, and drill straight through one end cap so that the cable can be pushed through.
2. Thread cable as show below, and slip on a stop set and hammer it flat to swage it in place and prevent it from pulling through.
3. Slip the long piece of the cable up and out the other end of the PVC pipe.
4) Drill a hole through the 4 inch copper pipe to be used as a "T" handle. This hole should go through only one wall of the pipe.
5) Thread the cable through the hole in the side of the copper pipe handle, and run it through the pipe as shown.
6) Put on the other cable stop piece and adjust the cable length, making sure to leave a large enough loop in the snare end to completely fit a large den pipe used by groundhog, raccoon, or fox. Slip the cable up and down and see how easy the snare slides tight? Put the stop end where appropriate it, and hammer it flat in order to swage it in place. Cut off the extra cable with the hacksaw (clamping the cable in a vice makes this much easier). Pull the swaged stop into the handle where it will be hidden from view.
7) Your snare is finished! In order to carry the snare with you on the outside of your pack, I recommend hooking a short bungee cord (three for a dollar at the Dollar Store) through the snare end and drawing it tight to the handle (see picture below). I have a thong attached to the handle as well, which is used to attach the snare to my pack.
How to use a snare:
Block the exit to the main den with a shovel. Put the snare loop in the exit or pipe where the quarry is going to bolt from. Wait. When the groundhog, raccoon or fox has gotten its head and at least one leg through the snare, pull it tight very quicky. Keep pressure on the cable as you lift the animal free of the pipe. The cable can be double-backed down the body of the PVC pipe so that you can keep the cable tight and hold the game remover with just one hand while you either dispatch, bag or take a picture prior to release.