July 18, 2016

Review of Western Coyote Trapping with Andy Weiser

Western Coyote Trapping with Andy Weiser is a very entertaining and informative DVD.  You will learn and see things in this DVD that I can guarantee that you will not find anywhere else.  You'll see set construction, guiding, and plenty of coyotes in traps as well as some other surprises.  The country is awesome and so are the coyotes!

I have seen a lot of trapping DVDs and can say that this is one that if I lost a copy I'd bought, I'd buy it again.


May 26, 2016

Snare Parts

I apologize for this post as it should have been one of my first posts I ever created.  I will take a minute and discuss the actual parts that compose a snare.  I have included a picture that points to the pieces but thought I would include a little text about each as well.

The End stop:  The end stop is just that, the end of the snare.  There are many different stops that can be used such as aluminum stops, annealed nuts, and some people even use a double ferrule (aluminum sleeve).

The swivel and washer: Swivels are required in some states (South Dakota) and the use of a washer allows the swivel to function more freely when used.  The swivel is supposed to help with less kinking of the cable and help keep animal more comfortable after they are caught.

The Poly Support Collar is sometimes referred to as the whammy.  The support collar helps to hold the snare open and keep the snare elevated at the proper height.

The snare lock:  Once fired, the snare lock helps to keep the snare from coming open.  There are many kinds of locks on the market and some states have restrictions on the types of locks that can be used so be sure to check your regs before ordering.

Breakaway Device:  The one in the picture is a 285 lb S-Break Away Device.  In SD we are required to have either a fixed deer stops set at 2.5" OR a break away device that releases when 350 lbs of pressure or less is applied.  There are 2 styles of break away devices the S-Hook and J-Hook.  In terms of weight at which they release there are many options available from a 110 lb all the way up to a 525 lb.  Again, if using these make sure that you have checked your regs to be sure that you are legal.  

 Mini-Torq Dispatch Spring:  There are several styles of dispatch springs available like compression, Mini-Torq, and Stinger Kill Springs.  They all do the same thing and that is that as they compress they put pressure on the lock and do not allow it to relax.  These springs are used with dispatch snares and are designed to kill.  As with the swivels and the breakaways you want to checkyour regs before using these.  A snare equipped with these is more lethal and does not discriminate between a non-target and a coyote so please use common sense when equipping your snares with dispatch springs.


May 11, 2016

Survival Products?


There are several trapping products that I think would be beneficial in a survival situation or in a bug out bag.  One product that stands out is the DakotaLine Survival Snare Package.  It is pretty lightweight and has 3 different sized snares that will catch critters from squirrels all the way up to hogs and other large game.  The other product I would consider would be the Yo Yo Fishing Reel.  You can bait the reel, set it, and go about your other everyday duties such as gathering firewood.  The reason I like these items is that they work for you when your not there which allows you to get other necessary duties done.  There are other items that are helpful as well but in terms of trapping this would be where I would start.


I am a complete “cherry” when it comes to trapping. Around the area where I live I don’t believe much trapping is done (we have a good deer, wild hog and coyote population which we just hunt and shoot). I am a bit of a “survivalist” though; however, should, or when TSHTF and I have to “bug out,” what do you recommend I read and/or use to put in my survivalist kit/bag. Times may get a little lean!



May 05, 2016

Late season fun with the kids.

The season was winding down for nearly all animals so I decided to run a few snares on holes for badgers with my kids.  These sets are fast and easy and the kids loved it when they connected.  I suggest giving it a try with some youngsters.  Here are a few pictures of the results.  



Pretty typical catch circle, you definitely know when you connect!

May 05, 2016

4-Coil Springs?

I have a dozen BRIDGER #2 Coil spring traps.(2)coil. I would like to add 2 more springs to them. Making them 4 coil. Do you have the springs for the bridger traps? If so, what is the item number and price so I can place my order. Thanks

Yes we do.  Here is a link to the springs, http://dakotalinenares.myshopify.com/products/4-coil-springs.



March 24, 2016

Best way to connect trap/snare to a cable stake?

I have gotten this question several times and thought that I would just cover several different methods and let you choose which works best for you.

The first way is to use a SleepEZ Springhook.  They are easy to screw and unscrew and will stand up to the nastiest coyote.  I personally like and use the 2" on coyotes on down to raccoon but some feel that is smaller than they like and will go up a size.

Another method is to use the Quick Links.  They are strong and hold well but they are not quite as easy to screw and unscrew as the SleepEZs.  

You can use either the HD Split Rings or the Mini Split Rings as well.  They work just like a keychain to get the items connected but I have heard of people having coyotes pull both the mini and the HD apart so to be safe I would double up.

Lap links are also and option but they would need to be welded to ensure full closure and that seems unnecessary given that there are options that are easier to work with.

You can also just run the loop on the cable through the swivel and then pass the stake end through the loop.  It's cheap and will do in a pinch but I prefer using something that allows the stress to be put on the loop of the cable stake instead.

So as you can see there is no one "right" way to connect a trap or snare.  My advice would be to try a few of each of these systems and see what works best for you then buy the quantity that you will need.

August 26, 2015

DakotaLine Snares Open House October 3, 2015

If you plan on attending our open house, please let us know as soon as possible.  We will be coordinating our lunch with Pizza Ranch again and want to give them a rough idea on how many to expect.  Lunch will be $3.00 per person for the All You Can Eat Pizza Ranch Buffet.  

Topics covered at the open house this year will include:

Coyote Behavior and territories
Coyote Snaring
Coyotes with footholds
Bobcat Snaring
Bobcats with footholds
Raccoons with footholds
Muskrat trapping

You do not want to miss it!  See you then! 

August 26, 2015

International Shipping?

Do you guys ship overseas or is it just to Canada and the US?

We will ship to Europe and Australia.  There are 2 ways that you can place your order if you are from Europe or Australia.  Email it to:  dakotalinesnares@yahoo.com, or call the shop @ 605-744-0133.  We can either send a paypal invoice over or take a credit card.  We can provide a shipping quote after we receive your order as well.


June 17, 2015

Best Foothold trap for coyotes?

I'm pretty new to trapping and want to try to catch some coyotes.  What would be the best trap for them?

Go ask 50 guys what pickup is the best, I'll bet you hear Ford, Chevy, Dodge, and maybe even Toyota.  The point is there isn't 1 right answer.  It's more about preference than anything.  Some guys prefer American made traps like Jakes, Victors, Sleepy Creek, or even Sterling traps.  Others could care less about where it's made, but want to buy a few more traps for their dollar (Duke, Bridger).  I personally, like a square jaw (Bridger), and at least the #2 size trap for coyotes.  We have a few red fox around and the #2 works well for both.  That being said, there has been a pile of fur caught in Duke traps.  They may need a few tweaks to get them where you like them but they will work and won't break the bank.  I know I haven't really answered your question that well but will finish by saying this.  I have Duke, Bridger, and MB traps that I use for canines.  The size is a #2 (except the 550s) and there are 3 swivels on each chain.  It's enough for coyotes and not terribly hard on red fox.


June 04, 2015


We are sponsors for the show, Trapping Time TV, which begins airing June 30 @ 8:30pm on Dish Network channel 266.  Be sure to tune in to check it out.  Here is our commercial, let us know what you think.