I recently found a spot that looked promising for a 'snare' set up.
I baited it out for several days and had action each night. Noted a single set of large hoof prints each time, so I assumed it to be a Boar Hog.
I didn't put up a camera as originally planned because I was fairly certain it was just a single hog using the area.
I set up two snares on one side of a wooden fence post, placed a short section of a rotten log between them and piled some brush to the outside of the last one. So the arrangement was Wooden fence post, Snare #1, Log, Snare #2, Brush pile.
Basically created two 'easy' paths for the hog to go under the fence.
Checked my snares this morning and even before getting all the way up to them I could see the ground was torn up around the snare site. Didn't see a hog however.
I walked on down to the site and found that the 'set' had worked perfectly, BUT the hog managed to pop the snare wire.
I searched the area for about 100 yds. around but couldn't find the hog or any sign of what direction it might have gone.
I use heavy 1/8" snares whenever I expect to catch a large hog and generally they work very well. In this case...the hog managed to circle the fence post five times AND go over and under the bottom wire four times.
When that happens a cable can become kinked or twisted and will be substantially weakened. I use both springs and swivels on my snares to reduce that possibility...but this pig managed to do it anyway.
The real 'problem' I believe was of my own making. I set one of the snare loops a bit closer to the ground than I normally do...because I had a trail of corn dribbled out and was attempting to get the hog to feed through it.
My guess is that the hog stepped through the loop and had a leg and it's neck in it (snare around one shoulder). IF the hog had been caught only by the neck, it would surely have choked down. I use 'cam' locks on my snares.
So most likely there a hog out there wearing the remaining part of the snare around its shoulder. There wouldn't be enough of the 'tag' end of the cable to catch on anything....but it would take the hog rubbing on something just right to get the cam lock to release.
Doubtful it will return to that same area, but I will watch my game cams to see if it turns up.
So once again "The best laid plans of mice and men......."