In BRINGING HOME BIGFOOT, Nate Dunning is the lone computer geek in a family of Eagle Scouts and football heroes. He has four older brothers, each one, bigger, badder, tougher, stronger, and more outdoorsy than the next. Even Nate's mother has more of the killer instinct than he does. Don't get me wrong, Nate has his strengths, just survival skills isn't one of them.
So right at the beginning of the book, Nate is forced into the forests of Northern Arkansas, to learn how to be a "MAN." One of the things his dad teaches him is how to set a snare trap for catching small game. Nate finds the technique rather simple and, quite to his dismay, he actually catches a squirrel. The poor thing is right there in front of him, bouncing around on the line like a fish just pulled out of the water. The newbie hunter is horrified as he watches his dad kill, clean, and cook the little creature. Nate is then scolded by his father until he has at least a small taste. Yuck!
Not being a hunter myself, I had to do some research on the subject. Here is a cool video that explains how to set up a simple snare trap. If you are squeamish, don't worry, no animals were harmed in the making of this video. There aren't any animals in the video.
There are dozens of variations on the same basic principle. The snare trap plays a much larger role in BRINGING HOME BIGFOOT than simply snagging squirrels from the wild, however, for that, you'll have to read the book (Amazon). I don't want to give any spoilers, just thought you might like to see how it works if you have no experience, like me, with hunting.