This one got swatted with a mojo dove stake
When I was living in South Dakota I talked to a bunch of guys that fished on the Missouri river about rattle snakes swimming up in their boat. Apparently they decide they need to swim across the river (usually around a mile wide at its narrow spots), and get tired along the way. They find a boat, climb up the motor and in the boat for a rest... needless to say, the boaters are usually less than impressed. Some traded places with the snake (in the water), some found out that fishing rods only make them mad when hit or moved with them, and some destroyed their boat with an oar killing the snake. Seems like an all around lose lose lose in my opinion... I really don't like snakes...
Now therefore, please take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
Genesis 27:3 (NKJV)
I'm sure I could destroy a boat in a mater of a few seconds lol!
I have found the gold measuring sticks to be valuable snake whackers. Then they have the 90degree bend on them to shovel up the snake to flip them back in the water. I'm not jumping in the water. Fight a snake for a while vs get eaten by a gator? Easy decision!
You southern fellas have some interesting critters down there. Until I moved out here all I had to worry about were Rutting/Calving Moose, drowning, lightning, and bears. Now it's all the above plus snakes! Thankful there are not gators in Wyoming. As for my run ins with buzzworms there have been a lot. All while guiding flyfishermen in the summer and all around water. When it gets hot the snakes like the cooler temps by the river. My first year I stepped on a sleepy and very good natured one, he did not buzz or strike just squirmed like crazy to get away which I let him do. However, each one after that gets a big river rock dropped on them with extreme prejudice. As for my snake bite kit? A sharpie and a watch. Luckily I've never had to use it. However, a doc out here told me to write the time of the bite next to the wound and a line marking expansion of swelling and time every ten minutes after that. Outside of that he instructed me to get the person to the hospital asap! On that note I knew a pair of ranching brothers that claim to get bitten quite often while haying and they don't even go to the doctor. Don't recommend that though. Hope I never get nailed but the guiding thing makes me nervous.
Five good ways to deal with snakes: "Bang", "Bang", "Bang", "Bang", "Bang"! (J-Frame) Not recommended if in a boat. Although, I have heard of that happening!
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