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Snakes and hogs are moving

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by MCgunner, May 13, 2019.

  1. MCgunner

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    Big pack of pig, probably 40 or 50 of 'em, living down the road about a quarter mile in the creek bottom where our private road crosses the creek. I'm going to have to put my 6.5" .357 Blackhawk in the truck again. Probably coulda got a shot at 'em yesterday coming home from church.

    I went out back this morning to check the camera which I haven't looked at for several days. I pulled up next to the feeder and there was a cottonmouth just next to the foot peg on my Arctic Cat. I whipped out my Heritage Rough Rider I carry with .22 mag rat shot and dispatch it. Got back and checked my camera card and I've had a pig in there for 3 nights in a row about 10pm. That's enough of a pattern. Think I might go back there late this afternoon for an ambush. I put a fresh battery in my motion detector for the purpose. I know when they show up that way, no matter how dark it is, and get set and flip on the green laser for a shot. :D

    Here's the serpent. Game camera got a shot of him moving in the evening before.


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  2. Patocazador

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    I'm glad you rid the earth of a stinkin' cottonmouth. One less to bite me.:thumbup:
     
  3. earlthegoat2

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    Ive got to be the only one on this forum who does not really mind snakes.....

    I really don’t mind dead ones.

    Get you some of them hogs.
     
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    I totally don't mind snakes......... they are all over there!

    I'm working on a Benjamin Bulldog for night time pig removal at a buddies place, damn things make a huge mess of his plants.
     
  5. FL-NC

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    Good luck on the pigs, and watch out for the snakes- I'm sure there's more than one! I've only seen one so far, last week on the way to the range.
     
  6. Double Naught Spy

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    I don't mind snakes at all, but am very respectful of their capabilities. I have never intentionally killed one.

    I saw my first snake this year in February. I have seen snakes every month of the year at my place in north Texas. They have the potential to be out and about any time it is above freezing, particularly when it gets above 60 (at least from what I have seen)
     
  7. MCgunner

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    Never killed a snake? Heck, rattlers are great eating. I ate my first one at a Wildlife Biology Association banquet on the Texas A&M campus (I was a wildlife and fisheries sciences major). I was sitting across from the department herpetologist eating a piece, he asked how I liked it. I told him it was good, tasted like fried chicken, but I couldn't figure out this bone. He rolled laughing, told me what it was, and I grabbed a few more pieces. :D I have killed and ate rattler ever since, actually would go hunting for 'em in the spring on my place in Calhoun county. There's TONS of rattlers there.

    I have never been to Sweetwater for the "rattlesnake round up". I'd like to do that sometime, but Sweetwater is more'n a day trip from here.
     
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    4D9A6D96-D921-41B6-981E-54017F50F9A3.jpeg 1148059D-020F-4BEF-97F6-6E4AE2A0C894.jpeg Cottonmouths are crawling all over our neck of the swamp with the Mississippi flooded beside us.
     
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  9. Patocazador

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    I can identify all of the snakes in my area. I only kill all the poisonous ones in my yard but I kill any cottonmouth I see anywhere. Away from my place I leave the diamondbacks, cane-breaks, ground rattlers, and coral snakes alone .. unless they go out of their way to harass me.
     
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  10. MCgunner

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    I have left rattlers alone if I didn't feel like cleaning 'em. But, I kill cottonmouths on sight.

    Around the place here, the only snakes I've seen were rat snakes, hog nose, and cottonmouth. I shot a rat snake for the neighbor lady one day that was curled up in her chicken coup after eating eggs. I have taken out banded water snakes on an overpopulated tank. Other than those, I don't recall any other non-poisonous snake I've killed since adulthood.
     
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  11. MCgunner

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    BTW, your best defense against snake bite are kevlar lined snake boots or snake gators over heavy boots. My snake boots have been tested and approved. :D I NEVER go out on my place in Calhoun County in spring without 'em on and I wear 'em here, too. That place in Calhoun County is raw land, has never been shredded since I've owned it, grassland with mots of chinquapin oak. It holds a lot of snakes....and game.
     
  12. Dframe

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    Here in the forest we see a lot of nonpoisonous snakes. Generally I leave them alone and they don't bother me.
     
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  13. Choctaw

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    The only snakes that routinely don't get a pass from me are rattlers, cottonmouths and copperheads. Too many of my animals (plus a nephew and brother-in-law) have been bitten by rattlers. I also kill black widows and brown recluses but that's just me. :D

    All other snakes and spiders get a pass as long as they stay out of the house. Hogs, not so much.
     
  14. MCgunner

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    One animal that gives me the creeps is the Scorpion. I HATE Scorpions! Well, I don't particularly like any wasps, yellow jackets, etc, but they don't give me the creeps like scorpions do.
     
  15. Double Naught Spy

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    I am going to guess you were speaking with Dr. Dixon if that was before the early 2000s. He was on my MA committee (I minored in WFS). One of the best classes I had at A&M was his herpetology class. He usually led off each class with a story about some stupid interaction between humans and herps, usually snakes. I have to admit, some of the funniest stories were in how people hurt themselves trying to kill snakes, often non-poisonous snakes, and often in ridiculous ways. Dixon put an overhead up of a news clipping (that dates me, I know) about a duck hunter that stepped on a snake and attempted to dispatch it with his double barreled shotgun. His first shot went into his foot that was standing on the snake and then he shot himself in the opposite knee as he fell.

    Part of my appreciation for snakes comes from taking that class. These guys were released back into the wild, on the far side of the property.

     
  16. roo_ster

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    Lived in Florida next tot he woods for years. I let the non-venomous snakes be, I whacked every venomous snake. Lots of pygmy rattlers too small to be worth eating.
     
  17. MCgunner

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    Sounds familiar. Hard to remember. I graduated in 1975. That was a long time ago and I never took herp being an "aquatic type", as Dr. Inglis used to say. Herp wasn't required of fisheries majors and I spent my electives on chemistry courses so I could actually get a job when I graduated. :D
     
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    Yeah, scorpions get squashed too. :thumbup:
     
  19. Iggy

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    Many moons ago I was ridin' that ol pony up there in the picture in the corner. We was checkin' critters about this time of year and ol' Cooter stepped off into this mess. He plumb blowed up and about turned himself inside out. I told him "Buck all you want to ol' hoss, there ain't no way I'm comin' off today." Purtiest bronc ride I ever made an not a soul around to see it.

    Five gallons of gas down the hole and a match made for a purty good snake fry..

    Yeah, I've eaten Rattler.. I knew right away why I don't like chicken.
     
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    I didn't know it was possible for someone to take a picture of a nightmare until now. It may be days before I sleep again.
     
  21. marksman13

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    You and I are on the same page. Venomous snakes and spiders die on sight, period. They’ve got their place in the ecosystem, and as long as they stay in their place and out of mine we don’t have issues. The moment we cross paths, they die. Too many dogs and kids running around.
     
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    Johnny Carson would've loved that line. :rofl::)
     
  23. Flintknapper

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    I'm with you on the Spiders (creepy devils). Snakes I usually relocate if they can be caught and handled safely. And of course I ignore all snakes that aren't around the house or outbuildings.
     

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  24. 0ne3

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    Jimster, you live in IL, and you have cotton mouths there. I, live in Ohio and our DOW swears that there are no cotton moths in Ohio. I think our DOW is full of it. With all the interstate commernce we have to day.
     
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  25. Ole Joe Clark

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    Exactly how I feel about spiders.

    Have a blessed day,

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