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Picture of Quick Skills #9: How to tie the Poacher's Knot

Hi Instructables Community,

this week it is time for a new knot project. This one is very simple to tie and if you are a subscriber or read some of my other Instructables you might have seen it being used as part of the double fisherman's knot. This knot can be used as a relatively secure way to create a simple snare.

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Knot Info

ABoK Reference: #1239, #409
Alternative names:Strangle Snare, Double Overhand Noose
Main Purpose:Historically this knot was used by poachers to snare birds and other small game. In a survival situation you could use this simple knot for the same purpose.
Other than that you could use it as a hitch to attach a rope to a carabiner (not to secure yourself though)
Strengths: Simple and quickly to tie.
Weaknesses:Might jam under load and become difficult to untie

Source: Animated Knots by Grog

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.

Cheers Alex

Step 1: Bight

Picture of Bight
  1. Take your rope and form a bight with the working end.
  2. In this example the working end is above the standing end
This looks like the same knot I ise for fishing called a double blood knot is what I was taught as a kid.
Correct me if I'm wrong as I know a lot of knots have more than one name depending where your from.
Alex 2Q (author)  gareth.collier.19853 years ago

Hi gareth.collier.1985,

from what I understand the double blood knot is a bend (i.e. a knot that is used to connect two ropes, lines, strings to each other) the poacher's knot on the opposite would be considered a hitch. However if you use two poacher's knots to connect two ropes you create a double fisherman's bend (Which looks similar to the double blood knot).

Cheers Alex

rfox4 Alex 2Q3 years ago

from pocket ref 4th edition by thomas j. glover under blood knot: a common fishing knot which joins two lines of equal diameter together. (page 585)

gm2803 years ago

gareth, I was thinking the same thing. But a double blood knot doesn't allow you to cinch it down tightly and then slide it open again. So it my not be the exact same. JMHO! IDK.