We currently sell 3 different sizes of springs, and of those springs we sell in two different spring-wires.
- Deluxe models are made of highest quality spring-wire for longevity
- Economy models are made of high quality music wire. (Not available in the #33 size)
All three sizes of springs perform best when used with the most aggressive of snare locks. Literally, the better the snare lock used, the better the results you will have. Coyotes and wolves are put down by occlusion of the carotid artery, in particular when the springs used are the #33 SuperMagnum or the #22 Magnum with the most aggressive locks, and this type of animal harvest is virtually the most humane method for a wild animal to expire in a trap or a snare "IN THE WORLD". Many animals are rendered unconscious in less than 1 minute upon this device firing (carotid artery occlusion has been proven scientifically with this device
The "Alberta Powersnare" or "Senneker Snare", as it has been nicknamed by many, has proven itself to be of extreme value to the wolf trapper. Gone are the days of the 1/8" extra heavy snare wire that caused mass snare refusals in many snare environments, which has been replaced by much lighter snare cables. There is no longer any need to use a wire heavier than a 3/32" cable, and truthfully, the 5/64" cable has become the #1 choice of many, many wolf trappers that use our products. Our #1 selling wolf snare in the store is currently a 6' - 5/64" 1x19 w Bridger Sure Hold Camlock snare coupled with a 7 foot 3/32" or 1/8" swiveled extension, with the basic #9 wire snare swivel.
The thinner the snare wire, the better a snare lock is able to lock up on the snare cable which in turn causes the device to kill the target animal in the most quick and humane manner possible. By definition, thinnest to use within reason as we must use cables that is capable of holding the largest target animal without issues. In years past we simply tried to catch our target animal in hopes of the target animal entangling on heavy brush and light trees to cause death via asphyxiation, but these days we are able to snare an animal and rely on the device causing a most humane death that wildlife killing devices are able to deliver.
The snare lock was the weakest link in the humane snare administered death equation once the Magnum #22 and SuperMagnum #33 were created. We believe that we have alleviated this "problem" successfully with the new design of the Senneker-Shock Lock. This lock is sure to become our #1 selling lock. It is small an stealthy, tough as nails and literally wedges into the snare cable like nothing else can. This lock will open doors for the thinking trapper who's mind is not stuck in a box.
Deluxe Magnum Stinger Kill Spring TM (Pictured Left)
Economy Magnum Stinger Kill Springs TM (Pictured Right)
The above photo depicts both the Deluxe Magnum and the Economy Magnum Stingers. They are exact in size and nearly exact in strength, however the deluxe version is made of a much higher quality steel and is designed to last. Do not confuse our Economy Magnum with the low quality knock off springs, it is still a good quality spring, but at a lower price.
The SuperMagnum Spring comes only in the Deluxe High Quality spring-wire model.
Alberta Powersnare Triggers Update- (Pictured above)
We have been making triggers for many years now, many runs over the years. We strive to have high quality products, and in our quest we are working with a new company to have them manufactured to exacting standards. Our current run, (2019 on) of triggers have been manufactured by this company, they come in a black finish and are super quality.
We recommend our #2 Trigger, this is the only trigger that we currently manufacture. Our very first model triggers that we manufactured did not bear a number stamp on them and they had e a shorter tip than the #2. We do not recommend the old, plain, unmarked trigger for Magnum #22 or SuperMagnum #33 use.
Occasionally a trapper wants to fine tune their triggers to their own preference, filing the contact surface is one option, another option is to place trigger on a piece of square stock steel and tap the tip with a hammer to ensure it is to spec, or the trigger could be squeezed in the field with a leatherman tool or plier, end for end, to increase poundage required to fire unit.
Check out our "New Line of Products" by clicking the buttons at the top of the screen to view our products lists under headings "TRAPS" "SNARE PRODUCTS" AND "FUR HANDLING". We are carrying more trapping supplies than ever before and more all the time.
THE SPRING AND LOCK ARE THE "HEART OF THE WHOLE AFFAIR" WHEN IT COMES TO PROPER/HUMANE DISPATCH WITH THIS TYPE OF POWERSNARE. A POOR LOCK AND UNDERPOWERED AND/OR INFERIOR SPRING WILL LEND TO MIXED OR EVEN POOR RESULTS.
WE ALSO RECOMMEND THAT YOU USE THE HIGHEST QUALITY CABLE WHEN SNARING WITH LIGHT DIAMETER WIRES ON COYOTE, WOLF, WOLVERINE. THOUGH MORE EXPENSIVE, LOSS IS GREATLY REDUCED COMPARED TO USING THE LOWER QUALITY, CHEAPER CABLE.
WE ALSO RECOMMEND TONING DOWN THE SIZE OR CRIMPING OF YOUR BREAKAWAY DEVICE WHEN USING THE POWERFUL MAGNUM STINGER KILL SPRINGS TM. WE WILL TRY TO PRODUCE SOME MORE EDUCATIONAL YOUTUBE VIDEOS FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THIS IMPORTANT ASPECT, THAN WE AS TRAPPERS CAN LEAD THE CHARGE IN RESPONSIBLE, ETHICAL, AND HUMANE SNARING. IT IS CRITICAL THAT AS TRAPPERS, WE ARE EDUCATED IN THE UNDERSTANDING AND PROPER USE OF THIS DEVICE.
Recommended by renown wolf trapper, Paul Trepus on British Columbia. Trepus is one of Canada's most knowledgeable wolf men and has authored numerous instructional trapping videos such as "Wolf Snaring with Paul Trepus" which showcases the use of Stinger Kill Springs TM in conjunction with light cable.
Recommended by Will Huppertz of Alberta. Will is one of Alberta's top wolf men with a season's best of 31 wolves taken in one fur season, which is truly an amazing catch. One of Will's contribution to the wild fur industry was to design the original setting tool for the Alberta Powersnare, of which today's production tool was adapted from. Another of Houpertz's attributes is the fact that in 2004, he arrowed the 3rd largest elk taken with a bow. I
Pair of wolves harvested on Dec 17 - 2015, both taken in Alberta Powersnares with econo Magnum Stinger Kill Springs TM by Darren Cook of SW Alberta. Both wolves were taken low on the neck and the Magnum Stingers put both animals down with absolute minimal struggle. Any spring powered snare can put down a snared animal taken high on the neck with relative ease, but it is those taken low on the neck that are harvested cleanly that demonstrate a devices true ability as
a humane snare device. Weak, poorly designed compression springs and such spring lock combinations are a poor choice when it comes to delivering true humane dispatch on animals that are taken in a less than ideal circumstances. The Stinger Kill Spring TM and Magnum Stinger Kill Spring TM are true torsion springs and are much more strong and far more efficient than the coily compression springs of yester-year.
Alberta Powersnare Instructions
with Magnum Stinger Kill Spring TM
When using the magnum spring, the trigger position will affect positive firing of the spring. This device will work best when the trigger is positioned on the side of the spring. With the standard/regular/original spring, differing position of the trigger did not seem to affect firing performance. However, this changes when the higher powered magnum is used.
Inspect the photo on the left. Note on the loop of the magnum spring that we have three sides, we refer to them as the top, inside wire-end side (left side of spring loop), and the outside continuous wire side (right side of the loop).
Definitely clip the trigger to the inside, wire-end side of the spring loop/eyelet. Doing so will cause the eyelet to flex and will aid the device in firing. Clipping the trigger to the top causes the device to fire harder and will result in mis-fires, clipping the trigger to the outside-continuous wire side will result in non-firing of the system.
This system is designed to hold the spring closed until the snare has tightened in a sufficient manner on the animals neck. Once the snare has tightened up on the animals neck, the trigger will release from the spring. The lock holds the snare in place on one side while the spring applies massive tension to the snare at the opposite end of the loop, resulting in clean and humane dispatch.
When setting the Alberta Powersnare, we recommend that you NOT tie your snare high as trappers did in the past with simple self locking snares that did not employ the use of killing springs or even simple dispatch compression springs. Tying your snares high, in such manner, helps animals entangle quickly which was desireable with the old/basic self locking entanglement snare; entanglement was generally necessary to accomplish snare dispatch. However with the modern Alberta Powersnare, entanglement can be detrimental to snare dispatch success; tying high can increase interference to normal powersnare function, as well, tying high can also reduce the ability of the device to fire due to the limbs flexing and acting as a shock absorber, thereby absorbing energies that are required to set the snare loop tight upon the animals neck and also absorb energies required to fire the trigger.
Be also aware that the Magnum Stinger Kill Spring TM is a much stronger device than the standard Stinger. Because of this fact, realize that Breakaway Device function is affected with a stronger spring, and we recommend that you use lighter breakaways on your snares than you did before. As the #265 Senneker Elite BAD is the lightest as well as most popular and successful s-hook BAD ever made and used with a kill spring, (this applies world-wide, including Saskatchewan!) we recommend that you not over-crimp the 265 when using magnum springs for coyote. We also suggest to trappers targeting the massive “eastern coyote” that they experiment with the 265 lb Senneker Elite BAD with magnums for most effective deer release due to the new dynamic.
(***NOTE*** THE PHOTO ABOVE DEPICTS SPACES BETWEEN THE SPRING ASSEMBLY, WASHER, AND END STOP... THIS WAS DONE SIMPLY TO SHOWCASE THE UNIT. KEEP ALL SLACK OUT OF THE CABLE FROM THE B.A.D. TO THE END STOP.)
WHICH WAY DOES THE TRIGGER GO? I am often asked this question, the trigger may point either direction and has always been considered a preference thing. However in recent times, I am hearing rumblings of people who have triggers not firing. The Marty Senneker method is to insert trigger between the s-hook and spring, pointing the tip away from the spring loop. Doing so maximizes the firing of the unit due to the fact that the free spring arm that is clipped is most likely to move, thereby increasing your firing rates significantly. Make sure you clip trigger on the wire end side of the spring eyelet, and anchor low to maximize the lock up of your snare lock.
DO I NEED WASHERS? Washers are used simply to keep the end stop of the snare from being pulled through the eyelet of the spring. This is necessary only with the magnum spring. If you chose to run you trigger opposite to the Senneker method, then position a washer between the spring and the s-hook breakaway. Always use one regardless.
NEVER BUILD YOUR SNARES WITH THE SPRING AND TRIGGER ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE S-HOOK. DOING SO WILL CAUSE MANY INHUMANE CATCHES WHERE THE SPRING ENDS UP BETWEEN THE ANIMALS NECK AND THE SNARE CABLE.