There has been some talk and concerns lately about hunting in areas with rattle snakes so I thought we could put together some advise and tips for guys that have not hunted areas with rattle snakes before and dont know what to expect.
What types of areas are more likely to have them? What are the best ways to avoid them? What to do if you get to close or find yourself in a bad situation? What to do if you do get bit? What should you carry with you in case you do get bit? ect.
Stay in your pick up and road hunt! Oh and don't get bit on the butt! No one will suck out the poison!
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Around here I've seen most of the rattlesnakes in the shade by boulders. Mostly where there is a high population of rabbits. I've only seen a few and not enough for me to be overly concerned with them. I've seen some snakes by springs when antelope hunting and sitting in a blind. So I would always check your blind before you climb In.
Great thread MM!
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Areas that attract small rodents/birds for them to eat.
Best way to avoid them is to look for them.
Easiest exit strategy is to kill the threat.
All snakes in the darkness are rattleheadcoralmoccasins and should be treated as such.
Wear snake boots and don't get bit....don't reach blindly into brush to pick something up. For instance you drop a flashlight (flashlight/bject 1 put it in defense mode, hand/object 2 gets struck)
They won't always rattle. Have had a lot not rattle until they were dead.
Carry a snake bite kit, water & a sat phone if possible.
Ohhh...and just bc it's cold doesn't mean they'll be slow & won't bite you. Did a myth buster with that a few yrs ago with a shovel. Wouldn't strike a cold shovel put in front of it, but put in a fire for a few seconds and it popped it...despite being a lovely frosty 33 degrees
At least when I go to WY next fall I won't have to worry about rattle snakes. Thank goodness they don't have any.
At least that's what I am telling myself
I used to kind of be into snakes and they really don't bother me to be honest. Sure, I don't like walking right up on one and they do give me a startle when I do, but I keep my composure when I do come across them. I think the main thing is to leave them alone when you come upon one and watch where you step while on the move. I always look down the path that I plan to take several meters ahead. I seen a staggering stat one time about venomous snake bites. I can't remember the #'s, but a very high % involved Alc intoxication.
The problem I see with hunting the west is the locality of hospitals. Where I hunt in OH and KY the furthest hospital is probably 40 minutes tops. Where I plan to hunt in WY this fall it's probably 2 hours drive time. And that's if you are at your vehicle when bitten. I will absolutely be carryng a snake kit with me.
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I've seen a few of those hybrid Rattleheadcoralmoccasins, the best defense is a pair of Nancy Sinatra style, mid-thigh height white leather "Go-Go" boots.
MM should get him a pair of those.
Ill get right on that shootbrownelk! LOL. I have been around them enough that Im not really worried about them but I dont like them either. The main time I worry about them is when Im making a stalk or on the ground belly crawling.
Say you did get bit. How bad is it? How long do you have to get to a hospital? Are you just going to get sick, die, leg fall off? Are most snake bite kits the same? How much more time will you have to get to a hospital if you have and use a snake bite kit?
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