A "How To" Building Snare Extension Cables

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I have been putting things together for next years snaring season and thought I would put this tutorial together to show how I build extension cables. I use an extension on every snare I set, sometimes 2 or 3 if needed to reach a tree to anchor too. The idea behind extensions is too give the animal (in this case a coyote) enough room to hit the end of the snare hard. This sets the lock tight and compresses the dispatch spring if one is being used. I build 8' extensions and 6' snares. The cable I use for extensions is cheaper than what I use for snares and extensions are reusable many times over.

So lets get started,

First, get a spool of cable. I order 3/32" 7x7 cable from F & T Fur Harvester Trading post. I use a milk crate and a round dowel of some sort as a dispenser.
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Then measure out 8', my completely organized and clean workbench is 8' long so it makes a good gauge.
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I use the cutter on my bench mounted swagger to cut the cable. If you plan on building any amount of extensions or snares these are well worth the hundred bucks.
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For closed loop ends I thread each end through a double ferrule and crimp the double ferrule with the swagger, first in the middle then each side.
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And it's done.
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I also make some with an adjustable loop on one end. These work better to tighten around trees or a rebar stake. One end is done the same as above and the other end uses a stop button.
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Only the stop button is crimped.
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Then I usually dip them in Formula 1, which is simply a water based paint that helps to protect the extension. It also takes away the shine and camo's them.
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Then they get coiled up individually and zip tied in bundles of a dozen. I usually hang them outside for a month to air out before putting them in a plastic tote.
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To connect them to the snare or another extension I use a snare knot.
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No matter how tight this is pulled together they come apart easily by just pushing the ends together.

That's all there is too building extensions, I can build several dozen an hour. Hopefully this helps anybody that is looking to do this for themselves. They cost pennies to build yourself and dollars to buy premade. Next tutorial will be on building snares. Thanks for looking.
 
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Good stuff man, I would like to get into snaring. do you make your own snares then too? or do you buy those? if you make them any chance you could put up a tutorial and material list for them?
 

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Thanks. I build my own, plan is as soon as I get done building extensions to do a tutorial on building snares.
 

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OUTSTANDING JMF!!!! I think I'll have to print this when I make my equipment order. Way cool post!!!!
 


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Trapper62, I just dip. I don't boil anything anymore, I like to leave the protective oils in the cable. Not sure it makes a difference, its just what I do. Of course there are different opinions on whether or not the cable will rust from the inside out if you boil the oils out, which would only be a problem when carrying them over for a few years.
 

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Thought this was a kdm thread due to screen size issues. Turns out it's a jmf. Funny enough though, kdm approves of this message :;:thumbsup
 

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good stuff JMF.
using extentions on all your snares, you must be snaring mostly trails in open areas?
 


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Yep, dont have a lot of trees around. But even when I'm in the trees I use them, let's them wrap up a little farther off the trail.
 

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