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Tying Nooses

In the pictures above you have a slip noose that is used a lot with falconry traps. I usually make them using a regular size paper clip but in the picture I used a piece of copper wire. When tying these onto a trap you want to tie them corner to corner on the wire so they do not slide or move.

In the above picture you can see a noose tied in the cage corner to corner. To make this noose I take about 12” of line and tie a knot around a paper clip and pull the knot down tight. Trim off the excess as shown in the top two pictures on this page. In the third picture on the bottom left of the top picture show the knot hole that you will slide the line through creating the loop like in the last picture of the top set.  Now you tie the knot to the cage as shown in the picture above. I use a fisherman’s knot for this. It is an easy knot to make. You take and put the wire around the cage and take the tail piece and wrap it around the other wire four or five times. Once you have it wrapped around the line then take the tail piece and run it back through the hole at the base of the wire and cage. Pull the tail piece while pushing the knot down to the cage and pull tight. Trim off the excess leaving a small piece sticking out. Open up your knot and once you have them all tied on your ready to hit the road. This type of knot works excellently but it takes a lot of work to make them. A note on noose, no matter what type of noose you make you will want them all be tied from corner to corner.
First cut the length of line for the size of noose you want. Then you will tie the a knot in the end of the line as in the left picture above. At this point you tie the line to the trap using a fisherman’s knot. Then bring the line around itself like in the next picture on the right above.
Once you have the line wrapped around itself you will make two to three loops through itself and pull it snug but not to tight. You will want it to move fluid up and down. This knot is the one I  use pretty much all the time now. It is easy to do once you have the hang of it and works well when having to replace a noose in the field. The third noose I will explain is completely different than the first two nooses I have shown here.
This third noose design is made with completely different line. With this noose you will need seven strand plastic coated steel leader wire. You will need special pliers for crimping the tubes that will hold the wire in place. You will want to buy the longest single tubes you can buy. Some silicon will help keep the noose standing once you have it on the trap.
Cut a piece on leader wire to the length you will want your nooses to be. Slide the wire through the tube and then make a loop and push it back through the tube till it barely sticks out the other end. Take the tail of the line and put it through the loop and pull the wire down around it. Not to tight though, you will want it to slide smoothly. Now pull the tail length out and crimp the tube three or four times. At this point I use a pair of needle nose pliers and small vise grips to bend this tube to a 90 degree angle. Slide the tail piece back through your loop and then put another tube on the tail piece of the leader wire and then run it through the trap and push it back up through the second tube. Now pull the leader as tight as you can onto the trap leaving just a small piece of the tail sticking out of the tube and crimp the tube three or four times. If you have pulled it tight enough that it holds in place great if not a small dab of silicon on it will hold it in place. Slide open your noose and your ready to go.
What is so nice about this type of noose is that it can last for quite a long time. The bad part is the expense and the fact that if the plastic coating gets a nick or tear in it, it will not close smoothly or not close at all. Like with any noose system on your traps you will need to checking them before going out to make sure they are not frayed or damaged. You do not want the line pulled tight on the hawks leg or toe and not be able to come loose if it breaks the line due to it being frayed. These are the three noose styles that I have used and they all have worked quite well for me. Enjoy!