The Best Game Of Summer: Snipe Hunt

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Have you ever had your friends trick you into going on a snipe hunt? That’s what this game is based on. It’s kinda like hide-and-seek, but oh so much more fun.

So you’re probably wondering – what exactly is a snipe? If you’ve been tricked into hunting for snipe, you know they’re made-up creatures. In the case of Snipe Hunt, though, they actually exist. My neighbor Kellan showed one off.

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The way the game works is just like hide and seek, but with a twist. The trick is, the snipes make noise. The longer it takes to find the snipes, the more noise they make. They have an easy on-off switch on the bottom so you only have to turn them on when you’re ready to play.

Turning on the snipe

There are two snipes – one red, one green – that sit in a little nest. The nest is important because that’s how you “reset” the timer inside the snipes that make noise. You can divide up into two teams and let each team take turns hiding the snipe, or you can do what we did, and let the adults hide the snipes for the kids to find. We sent them off to a tree to count to 30 so we could go hide them.

Hiding the snipe

At first, the boys were a little disappointed. They started hunting for the snipes, but couldn’t find them right away (and hey, we’re dealing with the short attention spans of a 5 year old, 3 year old, and Levi).

Snipe Hunting

That’s where the noise comes in. We told the boys to make sure to listed closely, and as soon as they heard the snipe making its chirping noise, they rushed to follow the sound. That helped keep them engaged and excites.

Snipe Hunt is now officially our favorite summer game. It can be played indoors or outdoors, and it’s great entertainment for parents and kids alike. In fact, we just played it at our annual block party. My neighbor Kelly from Muddy Flowers has a great post showing how much fun we had, and I love this photo she snapped of the kids looking for the snipes.

Snipe Hunt is available from Education Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, Books A Million, and other specialty stores nationwide. It retails for about $24.99 and is a great game for the whole family to enjoy.

Have you ever been tricked into going snipe hunting?

Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary game to try out. All opinions and shouts of “Ready or not, find your snipe!” are 100% my own.

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  1. That looks like a fun game! It is like geocaching for little kids.

  2. It’s so much fun! We should BBQ this weekend and play it again.
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  3. I SO want to play this game!
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  4. This looks like such a found game and the ‘chirping’ is great for helping to keep childrens attention!!
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  5. this is totally new to me. Where do you get the snipes?
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  6. This could be a fun way to keep the kids active!

  7. Doreen Musson says:

    Man, my grandchildren would LOVE this game!

  8. Anita Jones says:

    this looks like lots of fun! my kids would love this!

  9. This game looks like such a fun game to play with the kids. The neighbor lady is having a birthday party for her son, and I want to get this for him! I do not even think that they have ever heard about it!

  10. kelly nicholson says:

    i caught the snipe,but i needed a ride home…strange

  11. OMG! i HAVE TO GET THESE FOR M GRANDSON THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION

  12. Seyma Shabbir says:

    This looks like so much fun. Especially being an outdoor activity. It helps they make noise otherwise my 3 and 5 year old would quite pretty quickly :)

  13. I think this is great. I will have to get this game for my grand kids. Reading this post put a big smile on my face. It made me remember a time when my family and friends when camping and they had my kids playing snipe.

  14. Jessica P. says:

    Sounds like a fun game! And a great way to keep kids active.

  15. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    This looks like so much fun. I am going to be bringing my friend’s kids camping soon and this would make a great campsite game.

  16. Toni Porter says:

    I, myself, have never been tricked into a snipe hunt, but my aunt has; she wouldn’t stop talking about it for months. This snipe hunt, however, would be incredibly fun…I’ll have to get it for my friend’s kids.

  17. LOVE this! My Uncle tried to get my daughter to do a ‘snipe hunt’. She was SO mad. I’ll have to try this to make it up to her.

  18. katklaw777 says:

    I remember my first snipe hunt…it got dark fast and I was alone and scared to death…lol
    This sounds sooooooooooooooooooooo much nicer. Thanks for sharing!

  19. This game is good to mess with people with its great!!!

  20. Pamela Halligan says:

    I’m always looking for fun, outdoor games to play with my niece and nephew, so I was interested in learning more about a Snipe Hunt. I had never heard of this game before. After reading this post, I can’t wait to play. Thanks for sharing.

  21. How FUN!!! This reminds me of a game we used to play with CB radios where we would try and find each other by the frequency of squelch!!! LOL!

  22. It’s so much fun!
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  23. I think snipe hunting has been around forever…in different versions. Its fun!

  24. ana baltazar says:

    awww! the kids are so cute! <3

  25. Betsy Barnes says:

    I was tricked one time, then I was the one telling my friends to go snipe hunting with me. So much fun :)

  26. Sherry Compton says:

    How neat! I think all kids love hide and seek, and all of us have played it. What a way to update and create a new version. I know my grandson would really enjoy this. I will have to tell him about snipe hunting. Thanks.

  27. Hope Funderburk says:

    Where I’m from, a snipe hunt is like a right of passage. If you’ve never been tricked to go on a little hunt, you were one of the few lucky ones. Hehe, I was one of the few lucky ones! I’ve taken a few friends on a few snipe hunts, but never been on the receiving end of the gag! How funny that they made it into a game for smaller kids with these toys! Love it! I’ll be purchasing them for my kids as me & my friends chuckle with nostalgia!!

  28. Terri Moore says:

    I had never heard of those before, what a fun idea especially for little kids. I can see the excitement in their faces as they are running around looking. I’m sure it will be a favorite for a long time as all good games are!

  29. TERRY EALEY says:

    AS CHILDREN, WE WERE TRICKED INTO GOING “SNIPE” HUNTING. BUT THEN AGAIN, WHEN WE WERE KIDS (I AM NOW 52) ALONG TIME AGO, THERE WAS NO SUCH THING AS A “SNIPE”! IT WAS JUST A WAY FOR PARENTS TO GET THE KIDS OUT OF THEIR HAIR!! BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS, THAT PICTURE YOU HAVE OF THAT KID THAT IS CLOSE UP REALLY THREW ME FOR A LOOP!! HE LOOKS JUST LIKE MY 5 YEAR OLD GRANDSON BRYNDEN!! I HAD TO ENLARGE IT AND REALLY LOOK AT IT, BECAUSE I WAS TELLI9NG MYSELF THAT “WHERE IN THE WORLD DID YOU GET A PICTURE OF MY GRANDSON”?? I JUST LOOKED A PICTURE ON FACEBOOK THAT HIM MOM TOOK OF HIM TODAY!! IT’S CRAZY!!!

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