The Platform Trap, also known as the Leg Hold Snare, is a simple, yet effective way to catch larger prey. The trap is easy to set up and is activated by the pressure of the animal walking onto or over the platform, which is covered by a noose.
This is a good trap as it catches the animal from either direction. The trap should ideally be placed at, or near to the animal’s home or on a game trail, which are routes regularly taken by an animal.
Watch a video of the Platform Trap in action before reading on.
The trap can be made more effective by placing it at a bottle neck, forcing the animal towards the snare. Ensure that once set, you camouflage the trap to blend in with the surrounding floor area.
You can increase the chance of catching an animal by placing several traps placed along game trails and spend as little time as possible setting the trap, to reduce the amount of scent left at the location, which may discourage the animal you wish to catch.
A further option would be to place the counter weight directly over the trap. This has the effect of hitting the prey as the weight falls and the animal is subsequently lifted into the air.
Depending on the size of the animal you wish to catch, the counter balance could be replaced with a bent over springy sapling or branch.
The visual impact can be reduced by placing the trap in a depression, or set aside of the trail by using longer poles, making it less obvious once camouflaged. The trap can be varied by using a net instead of a noose to lift the prey. This is an effective way to catch birds.
Once a snare has been set, make sure that it is checked often. This minimises the suffering of the animal and also reduces the risk of the prey being stolen by another animal.