Hello BCUSA! Last summer I decided to try my hand at snaring squirrels and found great success with it. I am far from an expert on snaring squirrels with only a scant few months of trapping them under my belt but I would like to share what I learned! Always check local laws and regulations before setting any traps/snares and also make sure to have permission from the land owner if applicable. The western red squirrel has an unmistakable presence in much of the northern US/Canada as well as the higher elevations further south, such as the Rocky Mountains. They are PLENTIFUL, taste excellent, and their hides are very useful and versatile for making clothing. Squirrel hides were used as a source of year round fur and meat for many indigenous groups. Whether it be for food, fur, or use in a survival situation, knowing how to catch these tree ninjas is a skill I think every woodsman/bushcrafter could benefit from. (Don't let the lack of a sword and mask fool you, squirrel is a ninja in almost every sense of the word.) Almost all survival texts and information online I came across on this subject describe using a snare pole (a wooden pole with multiple snare loops attached) leaned up against a tree to make a "leaning pole set." I'm sure that squirrels can be caught using this method, however myself and many others have found that a horizontal pole set (a snare pole placed horizontally between two trees) produces much better results. The equipment needed to make horizontal pole sets is VERY minimal. Bait is not needed or encouraged. All that a horizontal pole set requires is a wooden pole, some cordage (or large nails), and some snare wire... that's it. The pole and cordage is easily obtained on site so all you really need to bring with you is wire. A pair of pliers can also come in handy for cinching down the snares to the pole or twisting the snare loops but isn't necessary. Lets get into the details! The Wire- From what I could gather (I'll include a link to the article I got most of my info from) 24ga brass wire OR 26ga stainless steel wire is your best option. I can't remember the exact wire ga I started out with but it was slightly larger in diameter than 24ga brass wire and I didn't have many catches until I switched to 24ga brass. Wire size is crucial to success. Snare Dimensions- Snares should be around 17 inches long with a small 1/8th inch loop twisted onto one end. I made mine slightly longer due to the squirrels being so big near the Arctic. Once your snares are finished you need to find a place to put them. Location- Your snares need to be set in an area that has a high concentration of squirrels, the more squirrels in an area the greater your chances of a catch. The tell tale sign that an area has a lot of squirrel activity are middens. A squirrel midden is a mound of squirrel table scraps so to speak. A huge part of their diet are seeds found in spruce cones (pine in some places) and as a result they leave behind huge piles of husked and shelled out cones. Larger piles mean more squirrel activity so look for the largest middens you can find to make your sets. Don't completely discount small middens however, if you have a good feeling or can't find any larger middens go ahead and make a set. Squirrels can still be caught off smaller middens sometimes in surprising numbers. Poor quality pic (sorry!) but note the mounded shape of the midden. They are easy to spot in the woods from a distance. Once you have located a suitable midden, find the trees that the squirrels use most. They will generally be the larger trees nearest to the midden. Squirrels almost always sit in these trees to eat. Your snare pole will be tied between these trees at a height of roughly six feet. Clear all brush and limbs below that point as well as the ones slightly above where you will tie your pole. The Pole- Cut a dry and straight pole long enough to span the distance between the two trees you're using. Preferably with the bark still on it so the wire grips better. It should be about 1-1.5 inches in diameter. It needs to be small enough that the squirrel has no choice but to run down the center. Two poles at one midden, the snares are barely visible. With your pole cut and stripped of limbs/stobs either tie or nail the pole between the trees at a height of around 6ft. I used spruce root but any cordage will work. Setting the snares- With your pole in place and the brush cleared you're ready to tie your snares to the pole. Take one of your wires and thread one end through the loop you twisted. Pull that through until you have a loop roughly 2in in diameter. Slightly smaller or larger works also, play with the size and find what catches the most for you. Twist this snare onto the pole then adjust it so that it comes up the side leaving the eye of your snare dead center at the top of your loop. Bend the wire so that the bottom of your loop is an inch above your pole. Also ensure the loop is right above your pole. If it's off to the side the squirrels head wont go through and it will be pushed aside by his body as he runs down the pole. The first and last snare (the ones on the ends, closest to the trees that the pole is anchored to) needs to be spaced 12 inches from the trees the pole is tied to. Too close and the squirrel will be able to grab the tree once snared and will surely escape. Set as many snares on a pole as you can, spacing them out about 12 inches between each other. I was normally able to get between 4-6 snares per pole. Longer poles will obviously accommodate more snares. Once your snares are tied on move on to your next set, setting as many middens as you care to. The more sets you have out the greater your chances of catching squirrels will be! Check your sets daily if you can or at least every other day. Predators can and WILL steal your catches from time to time so it's something that you need to keep on top of. If everything falls into place, you will be rewarded with success! I only had about 3-4 sets going at any given time and was impressed with how quickly I started getting catches. I didn't keep track of the total number I caught but I would guess it was 30-40 over the course of a couple months. It was not uncommon to have 2 and sometimes 3 squirrels waiting for me on 1 pole. More info can be found in this article https://trapperman.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1126006/Snaring_the_Western_Red_Squirr It was my go to and guide to learn how to snare squirrels, without that info I would have had a lot more trial and error to go through! Hope you guys enjoyed the read and got some useful info out of it. I'm sure there is something I missed or some crucial detail I forgot to include so feel free to ask any questions!