Thanks LT, I started making my own snares this year. I've made about 1500 hundred so far. Mostly 1/16" 1x19 with various locks. And some 3/32" 7x7. Your post pushed me in this direction. I have to say I have had a blast doing it. It will make me a better snareman as well. I attached a couple pics of my snare shop.
I am a total beginner, so I'm asking from my perspective:
Would you have anywhere close to the entire inventory set at any given time?
I was just amazed by the number you made. Assuming you made enough for this year and the next few years:
500 snares set at any given time
average time to set a snare, from leaving the previous to finishing the next = 5 minutes (VERY optimistic)
500 x 5 minutes = 2,500 minutes
2,500 minutes = 41 hours
So, 41 hours just to set 500 snares.
If you have a 35% catch rate (I have no idea what catch rates snares produce, so I'm just SWAGGING)
That's 500 x 35% = 175 coyotes caught on those 500 snares
Wow, I am amazed at the magnitude of time it would take to run that many snares.
How wrong am I on these estimates?
Great job, looks like it was fun to get into a process and make that many snares; you could probably tell when you were "on your game" and cranking them out.