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Dave Richards
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Rattlesnakes

How many coon hunters encountered a rattlesnake while summer hunting this year. Thought I would post and see now that summer has ended and Fall has begun. Dave

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I have summer hunted for over 60 years and I've never encountered a rattle snake a night. I've seen a few copperheads and about 400 million cotton mouths.

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Rattlesnakes

Iíve just encountered one so far this year hunting. Iíve encountered a bunch in my 68 years. They are just a way of life in south central Oklahoma. Never had a dog bit by a rattlesnake but get about one a year bitten by Cottonmouths.

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Dave Richards
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I have summer hunted for over 60 years and I've never encountered a rattle snake a night. I've seen a few copperheads and about 400 million cotton mouths.


Donald, that's a lot of cottenmouths, those things are just about as a rattlesnake in venom potency much more toxic than a copperhead, not as bad as rattlesnakes. I do NOT want to see any venomous snake period, but prefer to see one before I get to close. Lol. Stay safe my friend. Dave

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Re: Rattlesnakes

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Iíve just encountered one so far this year hunting. Iíve encountered a bunch in my 68 years. They are just a way of life in south central Oklahoma. Never had a dog bit by a rattlesnake but get about one a year bitten by Cottonmouths.


You are a lucky man, to not have any dogs get rattlesnake bit, seeing as you have a lot of rattlesnakes in your hunting grounds. I live in an area where we have rattlesnakes in certain places, but not everywhere. I do NOT hunt in rattlesnake country until the den up. Our only other venomous snake is the copperhead and they are every where. Fortunately, I have never been bitten by one, but over the years have had several dogs bit by copperhead snakes. I no longer hunt in the summer months and NO longer have any problems. Stay safe my friend. Dave

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Last year maybe year before last my huntin buddy came up out of a swamp into waste high grass and they heard one fire up and start rattlin they froze and didnít move then the dog he had on the leash got bit and they made a mad dash out of there I see cotton mouths almost every hunt in the summer seen several copperheads never seen a rattler while coon huntin and thatís fine with me

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In my back yard a couple of weeks ago.

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Re: In my back yard a couple of weeks ago.

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David, that's a timber rattlesnake and my understanding is they are rare in Texas and protected. They are the only kind of rattlesnakes found in East Tennessee. I don't like any kind of rattlesnake period. Dave

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We know a guy in Texas who makes enough catching rattlesnakes while hunting to pay for his gas. Said the meat goes to the Philippines, the glands to a pharmaceutical company and the skins to a US company. He's been bitten multiple times. He carries a bottle of Dex and benadryl with him. Crazy hobby for extra cash!!!

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We know a guy in Texas who makes enough catching rattlesnakes while hunting to pay for his gas. Said the meat goes to the Philippines, the glands to a pharmaceutical company and the skins to a US company. He's been bitten multiple times. He carries a bottle of Dex and benadryl with him. Crazy hobby for extra cash!!!
Gas ain't got that hight yet.

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Gas ain't got that hight yet.


Lol. Donald, you got that right. I would rather be walking or riding a horse before I would catch rattlesnakes to buy gas. Seriously, there are lots of folks in Texas and Oklahoma who catch rattlesnakes to sell, just look at the big rattlesnake roundups they have in Texas and Oklahoma every year. For some it's just a hobby that pays. Dave

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Re: In my back yard a couple of weeks ago.

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David, when I really looked at the picture closer, I believe this snake to be a gravid female by the size of her stomach and the way the sharp drop to the tail. A male snake just gradually taper back to the tail itself. Dave

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Seen this small one crossing the road below my house.

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Re: Seen this small one crossing the road below my house.

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I can not tell how big this one was from the picture, but if it was less than 16 inches it was most likely born this year. As I stated in earlier post the big one definitely looked like a female and looked like she was carrying young inside of her. You must have several in your area as timber rattlesnakes are somewhat rare in Texas. Rare enough to be protected. Dave

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Iíve got the snake boots but I just couldnít make myself hunt in the rattlesnake infested salt grass along the coastÖthe size of those rattlesnakes could definitely strike above the boots but Iím thinking about buying these snake proof chaps and wearing them over my snake proof bootsÖ

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Iíve got the snake boots but I just couldnít make myself hunt in the rattlesnake infested salt grass along the coastÖthe size of those rattlesnakes could definitely strike above the boots but Iím thinking about buying these snake proof chaps and wearing them over my snake proof bootsÖ



Reuben, that would be a great idea, but I think staying at home would be a better plan. Yes, I am a wimp when it comes to rattlesnakes, but I fear more for my dogs than myself. A dog is way more likely to get bit than a human who is watching out for them and I value my dogs. Dave

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Hey Dave

Now that the rattlers are denned up you better keep your eyes open for the snow snakes. As you probably know hand warmers are more effective than anti venom meds. I hear they are more common up in the high grounds but are found occasionally down here in the foothills. Just stay prepared and keep'em in the woods.

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What's a snow snake lol. Man I hate snakes.

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What's a snow snake lol. Man I hate snakes.
You would hate a snow snake even more. LOL

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