The beauty of a Hopi bird snare, just like in most other things, lies in their simplicity. Hopi snares are extremely effective when it comes to trapping small prey, mostly birds. The basic working mechanism of the Hopi bird snare is a slipknot meant to trap animal by snaring their feet. Given its effectiveness in different scenarios and environment, it is important to know how to setup a Hopi bird snare as a survival skill.
A Hopi bird snare requires one to make a slipknot noose and attracting prey to it. The material used can be a chain, thin rope, a strong string or supple wire and even twines and vines. Once the prey’s foot or body gets caught in the noose, movement by the prey tightens the slipknot, capturing the prey.
To increase the effectiveness of the snare, they can be setup in large numbers. This can be done by securing the noose lines to a willow secured to a rock or log. The snare is also set where animals are likely to be such as ponds and game trails. One can also use bait to attract prey around the snare.