When antelope hunting in New Mexico last fall, I got out of my truck, took two steps and spotted a prairie rattler about two more steps ahead of me in a clump of brush. I took it home with me because I wanted the skin. We were at elev 6500 and the rancher said they are almost too high in elev for rattlers. I sure kept my eyes open for them over the next couple of days, but saw no more. Rancher said the area around Roswell (approx elev 3500) has diamondbacks which are much larger than prairie rattlers. I don't think I want to cross paths with a diamondback.
MM great post and I will be reading often!
I did a little research, the link below explains the general opinion of most websites.
"Elk don't know how many feet a horse has!"
Wear boot and pay attention... I have encountered three while archery hunting in Wyoming. All were while antelope hunting in August but I have heard a few stories from September. Much of the southern end of Wyoming has them. I have hunted in texas as well and most of the locals had the same opinion. Pay attention and wear proper gear and you will never have an issue.
Anybody ever run into one when they were stalking an animal? My biggest fear would be crawling along, hear a rattle and be face to face with one.......
And around irrigated field fencelines. Later in the season (Oct. Elk) they are heading to denning areas. I see them on the roads then.
I'm showing my age with that Nancy Sinatra line....
I thanked him for that on a pretty regular basis! By the way, that snake was pretty big...and pretty tasty too!
good GOD MM!!! i hate freaking rattle snakes! thanks alot man. every spring when we get an early warm up i allways run into them while shed hunting. 3 4 and even 5 foot snakes. thankfully we are getting alot more blow snakes around here and alot less rattle snakes. what scares me most is what my dogs gonna do.