2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #35[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
He Catches Wild Hogs With Neck SnaresIf you have wild hog problems, check out Newt Sterling and his wild hog snares. They are Texas wild boar tough and Texas wild boar tested. Sterling is convinced snares are a low cost, effective way to catch wild boar.
They are so effective that he warns prospective users of the danger they pose. “Study your trail, and know what animals are likely to come down it,” says Sterling. “If you set one of my snares the right way, you will catch the first animal down the trail, and you will probably kill it.”
Sterling offers a video called “Master Wild Hog Snaring”. It isn’t a fancy production piece, and at 2 hrs., 49 min., the three DVD set likely has more information than most beginners need. However, it’s well labeled and easy to jump to sections of interest, such as bait stations or a particular type of snare. It’s filled with bits of knowledge Sterling has gathered in a lifetime on the trapline.
“I’ve used a neck snare to catch everything from lynx to bear,” he says. “You need to practice little things like stepping over the snare and continuing on down the trail a ways and then coming back and stepping over it again. If an animal is following your scent, and you step around the snare, it will too.”
What really sets his video apart from other how-to videos is the repetition of specific steps carried out in the field. When conditions aren’t perfect, he shows how to adapt.
“A cable snare by itself will do a good job, but a big pig can break it,” he says.
Given the size and attitude a wild pig can reach, Sterling takes his snares to stronger and more durable levels. He begins to incorporate shock springs, swivels and other devices, reviewing different weight ratings.
In addition to neck snares, he covers a wide variety of foot traps and foot snares he has adapted for wild boar.
The video is priced at $39.95. His snares vary depending on components and relative sizes. However at $20, the Ultimate Wild Hog Snare with its 500-lb. shock spring, swivels, quick links and 3/32-in. steel cables would appear to be a very good deal.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Snare One, P.O. Box 378, Port Republic, N.J. 08241 (ph 609 748-3541; email@example.com; www.snareone.com).
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