Dakota Line Snares and Trapping Products
Ive known Darin a long time and he forwarded my site info to Ryan at Dakota Line
Darin explained how this company is producing a new line of scalpel bladed knives and they also have snares.
So I got a call from Ryan at Dakota Line and he wanted me to do a review on the snares and knives his company offers.
And what I got in the mail got my attention immediately.
Now the disclaimer. They sent me these free for a review.
Here’s the rest of the story. I went to Darin and bought 3 more of the folders as soon as I had a chance to feel the handles of both knives. Unlike competing products, these knives have a real handle which when bloody does not roll or get lost in your hands while working with them.
Im not going to talk much about the actual blades. These are marked Wiebe and other than that appear to be a standard scalpel blade. Good news, each knife comes with 12 blades. And contrary to popular opinion you can touch the edge on a fine stone and the sharp comes right back. A stropping on the inside of a leather belt also works. ( I made an error on the initial post, each knife comes with 12 blades Thx Ryan)
I dressed and skinned 3 cow Elk, 2 years ago with a similar product, which had the issues with the tiny handle. The blade was still factory sharp. I have no reason to believe these will be any different.
The fixed blade does not come with a sheath, and I believe its not needed. This knife is intended for use in the fur shed or butcher shop. A sheath is just a place to collect tissue and fat , becoming a sanitary problem.
And in Arizona, its going to stink very quickly.
The folder comes with a nice nylon 2 compartment sheath which holds the knife and a pack of 12 blades.
Something to consider before carrying these knives. They are not heavy duty use knives to do dumb things like dig or baton through wood. They are very specialized use knives, they are for removing the insides from animals and removing hides. If you can handle carrying them for this one thing, then run out and buy a few. I really like them both, I now own 4 of the folders.
They are reasonably priced at $29.95 for the folder, and $14.95 for the fixed blade from Dakota Line Snares
Now, Im done talking about knives, here is where I really enjoyed this review. Yes, a snare is “just” a piece of wire. And maybe not.
I received a Survival Snare package from Ryan. It contained 4 small game, 4 medium game and 4 large game snares.
Talking to Ryan I learned each snare is hand made, in America, and test fired before shipping. Its is checked for kinks and general quality control as these are made for commercial use trappers who depend on them for their living and in some cases survival.
Without hesitation I would include these in my survival kits if I were going out into the great unknown, like anywhere in Alaska or the North West Rocky mountains.
Instead of rehashing what these are, and the same review of a common snare, I want to talk about what makes these different and why they stand out from the rest
Large Game snare
Starting with the Large game snare, it doesn’t come with a swivel, the snare cable is part of the securing loop. This is a good thing in my opinion because we all use these large snares for different animals, so you don’t have to cut anything off before you put on the swivel you find works best for you.
I like a heavy dog chain swivel attached between the snare and another piece of cable or chain. Depending on what manner of critter I am trying to catch, I will either secure the opposite end to a heavy drag or a big tree. The trick is to not give the animal anything to twist against creating torque on the wire. Cable is much easier to break under tension while twisting.
They use a slider to adjust the size of the loop, and the length of the snare. Another thing I couldn’t find in my garbage can full of snares manufactured by just about everyone else.
And if you look at my index finger in the photo you will see a small piece of clear tubing. This is pre rigged for a support wire. I usually just use a piece of 10 or 12 gauge baling wire bending it to fit the situation. They are intended for 9 gauge wire as per the catalog
But the snare just sits on the wire and the wind will knock them off, or if the critter doesn’t get its head in just right.
With the tubing, the snare stays where you put it until the critter is in right and snugged up tight.
There is no taking anything apart, and rebuilding before use with these snares.
I am going to combine these for brevity and because they are both rigged essentially the same.
They both have the section of tubing for your support wire, they have a lock nut in the loop and both sizes I received used the BlackDog Lopro lock. These locks are fast, smooth and are a pain to get loose if you get your arm in it demonstrating how it works.
EXACTLY what a snare lock is supposed to do.
The hardware is crimped very nicely using what appears to be a crimper.
Instead of using an axe and a rock like an unnamed person has been known to do with other snares, which got loose or were not crimped properly to start.
That will NOT be an issue here at all.
Here is what makes this company different than any other snare maker I can find.
Takes all of 5 seconds to add during construction, adds a minor amount to the total cost of materials and labor, and I imagine its kind of a pain holding it all together while crimping the end.
BUT it keeps an animal from pulling the cable end into the swivel!!!!!!
This, right here shows a knowledgeable user from a producer trying to make a fast buck.
I’ve found swivels and a short piece of broken cable on sets before, and I always thought there must have been a bad piece of cable. As soon as I saw these I knew what happened to my snares. The animal, more likely than not a Badger, pulled the end into the swivel, jamming it and twisting.
And it was bye bye critter.
Not any more. I like these snares.
Pre use prep
Ive used everything to get oil off cable before dipping.
Except what Ryan suggested, which was to use the dishwasher when his wife isn’t home. I hope she doesn’t read this.
Sorry Ryan, but its a fine idea. The clear tubing ,Ryan says is not effected by high temperature water or dips.
Its hard to do a review and not find anything to be concerned with, but these snares are ready to go. Normal pre use prep with a solvent or hot water to remove the oil, and any dip you might choose.
You can get them direct from Dakota Line Snares or from Darin at
You will have to call him an order, as I don’t believe he has them listed in any of his online stores yet