For the record: They asked if I would "participate", and they had a copy of the "Ohio Snaring Guide" with I compiled and edited. I think they got some ideas from the Ohio Snaring Guide. As far as input, I personally wasn't asked for any, after the initial inquiry. I think I got in the credits because of the "Ohio Snaring Guide".
As far as "cable restraints" and the general public, I don't think that is where the all the "politics" is aimed. The general public is not necessarily
opposed to snares. Witness Florida and New Jersey where snares are legal after some (or most in the case of Florida) of the other traps have been outlawed. I think this is aimed directly at houndsmen, who in general are
opposed to snares, under the false impression that snares are still tied to bent-over saplings and will choke all their dogs.
But Ric has hit the nail right on the head. Using the term "cable restraint" can leave everybody, including trappers, with the impression that these devices are somehow fool proof. The emphasis should always be on entanglement, not the device. You give me a cable restraint, and a barbwire fence, and I can choke down darn near anything that gets in that "cable restraint". Conversely, as I said above I can take one of their so called "snares" set it in a non-entanglement situation, and use it to restrain the animal until I get there and decide its fate.
It gets even sillier when you consider that this set of regulations, prohibits
setting "cable restraints" (non-lethal snare) in entanglement situations. Why not just prohibit setting "snares" in entanglement situations? That will give you a non-lethal snare too. Do you see how this terminology B.S. is misleading, and putting the cart ahead of the horse? And/or do you see how these regulations were promulgated by folks without an adequate knowledge of what they were doing?
Here's another one -- a maximum loop stop. These snares (I mean cable restraints) are required to have a maximum loop stop, an extra piece of hardware on the cable and extra expense to the trapper. Now… watch closely… I'm about to perform a magic trick…l "You cannot… set a snare with a loop diameter of more than 15 inches". That's taken directly from Ohio regulations, no stop required. DUH!!!
Yes, this is a sore spot with me. One of my goals has always been to help trappers make educated and informed decisions about their tools and techniques. And also to advocate that trappers be treated as something greater than second class sportsmen. Regulations like these fly in the face of both of those precepts.