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Poacher's Knot (Strangle Snare), Step-by-Step Animation

Poacher's Knot (Strangle Snare) Tying

Form a bight in the end of the rope. Loosely wrap the end around the bight twice. Tuck the end through these turns to complete the knot. Pull tight.
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Poacher's Knot (Strangle Snare) Details

History: The Poacher's Knot (ABOK # 409, p 65.) is described by Ashley as made of horsehair and used to trap Woodcock or Partridge. It is hard to imagine using either the material or the technique today.

Names: The Poacher's is also known as a Strangle Snare and a Double Overhand Noose – because the knot tied round the standing end is known as a Strangle Knot (ABOK # 1239, p 224.) and as a Double Overhand knot.

Tying it: The technique used in the animation creates a Double Overhand Knot around the standing end. A common mistake when learning is failing to complete the second turn, making only a single Overhand knot which is not secure.

High Modulus Ropes: The Poacher's Knot is one of the few knots suitable for use with new ropes such as Dyneema and Spectra. Bowlines and other familiar loop knots may not be secure with these slippery high modulus ropes and may pull undone, e.g., at loads as low as 15 - 20% of the rope's breaking strain.

Stronger Alternative: Ashley also describes the Scaffold Knot (ABOK # 1120, p 204) which is a similar knot with an extra turn, sometimes called a Triple Overhand Noose. Occasionally, people refer to the Poacher's as a Double, or Two-Turn, Scaffold.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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