Cable Restraints — The Art of Live-Catch Snares


“I really enjoyed reading Rich’s book ‘Cable Restraints.’ Rich is a man I respect. What I really admire is he always tries to make trapping and the trapping community better than he found it.

“Whether you are a beginner who is just getting started, have used cable restraints with poor results, or a seasoned pro, you will find this book highly helpful and informational in your quest to better yourself using cable restraints.

“Rich has a way of writing so the reader fully comprehends what he is saying. You can immediately replicate it in the field on your line. I personally liked the detailed pictures and drawings he uses to help the reader understand.

“This book is a winner! If you want to be better using cable restraints, get it. Don’t even set it down.

“Great job, Rich!”

— Jeff Dunlap

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Table of Contents
Foreword by Jeff Dunlap
What is a Cable Restraint?
What Exactly is an Entanglement?
Anchors and Supports
Loop Size & Height
Building Cable Restraints, Earth Anchor Rigs, and Support Wires
Treating Snares
Finding Locations
Bait Stations
Where to Hang
Making the Set
Blocking and Guides
Gang Setting
Running the Line
Thank-Yous and Sponsors



"This book gave me the confidence I needed to finally connect on a coyote."
I just finished your new book on cable restraints. I thought I would let you know how much it has helped me.

I’m in my sixth season of trapping, but I didn’t start trapping until after I retired. In my quest to learn about trapping I tried to read as much as I could. I joined the Wisconsin Trappers Association, FTA, and NTA. That’s where I discovered you and your writings. I really enjoy the articles you and your trapping partner put out.

I had just bought a mud boat and was hoping to trap raccoon along the Chippewa River in western Wisconsin. I saw that you had the DVD “Boat Line Bandits” and bought that. When it arrived I saw that you had this new book coming out and I ordered it right away. I had tried running a few cable restraints before, but I needed help.

I got the book in time to read in its entirety about the time that our cable restraint (CR) season opened. One of the biggest struggles I had with using CRs was finding a way to keep the support wire stable. That was clearly demonstrated in the book. I quickly made up some supports and did some scouting.

I found a spot with a lot of coyote sign. I followed all the recommendations you had in the book. Mainly, I liked the easy way of connecting the earth anchor to the CR. The simple set up of the support wire was solid and fast to set too.

This area I found was small, but I gang set it anyway. I was very confident when I left and could hardly wait for the first check the next morning. When I checked this spot the next day I saw a coyote bouncing in a catch circle in the tall weeds. The plan worked! Then I noticed movement behind the coyote. It was another coyote. I had a double!

The only other coyote I had in a CR was the year before and I watched him run away as I approached. He had chewed out. Getting a double on yotes after reading your book makes the book seem like magic.

Sorry for the long-winded email. I just wanted to let you know how much your writings are helping trappers. This book is an easy read with lots of great information. I had tried running cables before but needed a little boost to help me out. This book gave me the confidence I needed to finally connect on a coyote.

Keep up the great work.

—Bill Wrasse, Wisconsin

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Weight 0.62 lbs
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.32 in