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A few years ago I was on a bowhunting lease in San Saba County, Texas.  My first trip down was in February to build some tree stands. There was a neat old rock ranch house on the property, built in the early 1900's, that we stayed in.  We'd been there a couple of days working when the ranch manager showed up and asked if we minded if he caught a few snakes around the place.  We hadn't seen any, but told him to go ahead.  Then he said we might could help him and gave me and my friend snake tongs.  He built a small fire at one corner of the rock foundation and when it was smoking good he put a small 12V fan by it to blow the smoke through the foundation.  In the next two hours we caught 73 rattlesnakes coming out from under the house.  The ranch manager made quite a haul when he sold them and brought us a dinner that night of fried rattlesnake, BBQ wild hog, and smoked wild turkey breast.

 

I never slept too well in that house after that.

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Good story, Mike!
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Cool story, sounds yummy to. I have never had rattlesnake but is sounds good.
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Rattlesnake is good.  Tastes like chicken

 

I've skinned and cooked a couple since then.  Skinning one is kind of a unique experience, but once you get it done there's some good white meat there.

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73   It would have just took one and I'd be sleepin' in my truck.

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chris you could have used that nasty barret 50bmg and destroyed the house and watched pieces of snake fly around, that would be cool to watch
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Inside was OK, but I wouldn't go out on the porch to take a leak without a light after that.  I found out that spring during turkey season that the lease was not only loaded with turkeys, deer and hogs, but had more rattlesnakes per acre than anyplace I've ever seen.  You couldn't walk 100yds without seeing one.  Kind of got used to it after a while; when you know there's one close by the shock value goes away.
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Originally posted by mwyates mwyates wrote:

Rattlesnake is good.  Tastes like chicken

 

That is soooooo cliche and true. I've only had the Colorado variety.

73 of those things would make me move elsewhere! Good story....



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WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I'd be changing underwear every other hour on that property!!!!!!

 

I can't see how you'd ever just get "used" to dealing with rattlers on a hunting lease .  Really cool story there 'yates.  Thanks for sharing!

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WATCH YOUR DOGS!

 

I lived on a ranch in west texas for two years back in the late 80's

We had three border collies and one old fashioned kind.

The snakes killed two of the borders and bit ole duke (old fashioned one) in the leg.

Seems them dogs couldn't pass one up and when they met one or the other was gonna die.

They killed a lot of snakes to their credit but it cost them.

Ole duke was one of the smartest dogs I've ever known and great with the cows.

 

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I HATE snakes!!!!!!!!!    anything that move fast that i do and dosen't have leggs freaks me out.

 

But on the bright side with 70+ you could have had a nice belt,wallet,boots.hat,paints,shirt,jacket for you and the family.....

 

 

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Yeah, where i hunt a fat 6 footer bit my uncle in the thumb and about killed him.

We caught a couple since and 'removed' them from the property.

 

Those snakes are wonderful to look at......on discovery channel.....but quite dangerous.....

mother nature is nothing to mess around with.

 

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I had lots of run ins with snakes in Texas and have probably killed several thousand of them. When I was in high school my buddies and I would take cases of 22 ammo and ride motorcycles up to a dry creek that had several pond puddles along it which were always loaded with snakes. They stick their head up and we shot them. Man was that fun. I've had a lot of close calls, mostly with water moccasins and copperheads even stepped into a nest of baby rattle snakes once & jumped back just in time. So far I've never been bitten. I had one snake fall on me in the shower at a house in San Antonio. Had another one actually chase me after I slid under a fence gate and sat on him - big water moccasin.  Ive shot snakes out of trees 75 ft in the air, pulled my boat up to a tree only to find a snake in the tree. Been swimming down the river and had one drop off a tree next to me. Now that I'm in Iowa the neighbors tell me there are supposed to be a few endangered timber rattlers on or near my farm and the game warden says but don't kill them. I just want to know what exactly are we saving them for? 

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My brother shot a big rattler that was curled up in a stump.  He wanted the skin so he reached in the stump to pull it out.  Turns out there were two rattlers in there and he had only killed one.  The other one curled around his arm.  He jerked his arm out and shook him off.  Then he had two to skin, and one dirty pair of uncerwear.

I've found that rattlers would rather leave you alone, but a cottonmouth will chase you to get a chance to bite you. 

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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

I had lots of run ins with snakes in Texas and have probably killed several thousand of them. When I was in high school my buddies and I would take cases of 22 ammo and ride motorcycles up to a dry creek that had several pond puddles along it which were always loaded with snakes. They stick their head up and we shot them. Man was that fun. I've had a lot of close calls, mostly with water moccasins and copperheads even stepped into a nest of baby rattle snakes once & jumped back just in time. So far I've never been bitten. I had one snake fall on me in the shower at a house in San Antonio. Had another one actually chase me after I slid under a fence gate and sat on him - big water moccasin.  Ive shot snakes out of trees 75 ft in the air, pulled my boat up to a tree only to find a snake in the tree. Been swimming down the river and had one drop off a tree next to me. Now that I'm in Iowa the neighbors tell me there are supposed to be a few endangered timber rattlers on or near my farm and the game warden says but don't kill them. I just want to know what exactly are we saving them for? 

 

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I do not mind snakes too much.  I was once bitten by a little viper when I was a little kid (7 years old).  My leg got a bit swollen, so I could not go home (it was out in the woods a couple of kilometers from our countryhouse where we were spending the summer with our grandparents).  I ended up eating that snake (trying to skin it was by far the yakiest thing I had done up to that point in my life) and sleeping on a low branch of a huge oak tree.  In the morning, once the swelling went down a bit (common vipers are not very poisonous) I limped home.  You should have seen my grandmother's face when I showed up.  I think she had most of Russia's police searching for me through the night.  By noon she would probably get the military involved too.

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mwyates,

Ever step outside your camp house and gaze upon a sight like this?...

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If i steped out side the hunting camp door and those was on the ground i would be on the news.They would be talking about the man that can now fly like a bird.

 

Only 3 snakes give me the creeps thats an alive snake a dead snake and a pictuer of a snake.

 

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Yep clean underwear would be a scarce commodity, for sure.
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73 RATTLESNAKES came out of that foundation!! Man, did you ever think about building on stilts?! Don't go outside to take a leak without a flashlight and a hoe. ( Wait a minute....you'd need two hands to hold them....)      Whatever      --Ed
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So far I've kill 3 of them nasty things.  they don't always play by the rules, i almost stepped on one, stinking thing never rattled! i was hunting at the Colorado bend state park in January. we stayed in Lometa,  TX.  i'm glad it was as cold as it was.....no snakes!
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In Africa we have the puffadder, the black mamba and the green mamba to worry about. The Cape Cobra is also on the dangerous list.
Snakes are not really a problem, unless you do something stupid like play with one.
The strange thing is, most people, who has never seen a snake, and probably never will, are all scared of snakes. Like say the guy who lives in the inner-city in a block of apartments etc. The last snake in his area was probably killed a 100 years ago.
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Originally posted by 8shots 8shots wrote:

In Africa we have the puffadder, the black mamba and the green mamba to worry about. The Cape Cobra is also on the dangerous list.
Snakes are not really a problem, unless you do something stupid like play with one.
The strange thing is, most people, who has never seen a snake, and probably never will, are all scared of snakes. Like say the guy who lives in the inner-city in a block of apartments etc. The last snake in his area was probably killed a 100 years ago.
 
 I'll manage to try to co-exist with our occasional rattlesnake, thank you very much.
 Puff adders, Mambas, cobras-  SHUDDER....
 You have any Gaboon vipers in your area, 8-shots?  Not that you really need any more venomous reptiles or anything, just curious...    Snake
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12 ga takes care of a lot of snakes i would think
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Originally posted by pyro6999 pyro6999 wrote:

12 ga takes care of a lot of snakes i would think
 
Yeah but a flamethrower REALLY makes 'em hiss!        Flame%20Thrower    Snake
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