Snared this boar last night....but I was a little surprised to find him very much ALIVE and not at all happy.
I set a snare at an obvious 'fence crossing' for hogs, got it all brushed in and have checked it the last couple of days. In this pic the 'brush' is all gone because the hog destroyed it while pulling against the cable, but this represents an excellent spot to set a snare...with low probability of catching a non-target animal.
As I approached the snare set...the boar which had been laying down (I couldn't see it) stood up, let out a loud, guttural grunt and ran straight at me! It caught me very off guard...because I wasn't paying that much attention as I walked up. I normally carry a 45 acp with me whenever I go to check snares, but the hog would/could of covered the distance between us before I could have drawn and fired if it had popped the cable.
The cable held and actually snatched him around 180 °. He went back under the fence line, pulling the cable tight and facing me again.
I use cam locks on my snares and when hogs are caught properly around the neck...it dispatches them quickly.
So I wasn't quite sure why this one was still alive. One thing I WAS certain of....was that I was going to go back to the house and get my RIFLE. The 45 on my hip wasn't feeling all that comforting.
After dispatching the Hog I found out why it had been so mobile. It had been caught around the SNOUT and not the neck.
Now...this isn't first time I've caught one by the snout, but its the first time I've caught one with the snout and lower jaw together. Usually they will have the snare around the upper snout. This happens when they push through the snare with their mouth open.
Anyway, it is clear by the position of the snare loop (cam lock on bottom) that this hog either tried to 'back out' of the loop as it dropped off the wire...or pulled back and tightened the loop after it had already 'fired'. A lucky catch actually.
But that is precisely the reason I double load my snares and rig the 'deer stop' so that loop can close down to 3-1/2" which will allow deer (foot caught) to escape...but still close down on a hog. Fortunately....I have never caught a deer.
So....one less hog in the local population. A few thousand more to go.