Watch your feet and hands, folks!

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  1. GaryL1959

    GaryL1959 Silver $$ Contributor

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    Was out trimming some shooting lanes yesterday afternoon and had a close encounter of the copperhead kind. Only grace and Danner boots prevented a trip to the hospital.
    I normally watch the ground pretty closely for these rascals, but just did not see this heifer until she was attached to my pants leg about ankle high...took the picture just before reducing her to a hole in the ground with a sweetgum limb...37 inches long and about the diameter of my wrist. Screenshot_2018-08-05-20-43-50-1.png
     
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  2. snert

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    GACK! Shivers! I hate snakes more than I hate bugs
     
  3. Someoldguy

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    Copperheads.

    Bad, bad news. Glad you escaped unscathed.
     
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  4. Downhill

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    Those damn things are nearly impossible to see until they move.
     
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    killed one about the same size last year,,in my warehouse right under the Harley,,getting ready to throw my leg over when I seen it,,,one dead snake,,
     
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    That's why I like living in Michigan, only thing we have to worry about is mosquitoes.
     
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    what?? i dont see anything....!!
     
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    These two rattle snakes we're 50' from the front door of camp. They were 10' apart one on each side of the steps. The dogs found the one and came running back to camp. Then we went out and found them and took care of them. Rattlers in the woods are fine Rattlers in the camp area beware your days are numbered.
     

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  9. KMart

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    And they are not inclined to move. When you step in the middle of one, it is kind of a mushy roll. Nasty little SOB's.
    They have ruined many spring squirrel hunts for me. After you see one, you may as well go home. You have to look up for squirrels, but you can only look for copperheads.
     
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    Don’t go to the Tennessee river and build a fire next to the water without adequate firepower! We did that for 2 nights when I was a kid and was surrounded by copperheads. We had nothing but the neighbors down the shore had machetes, rifles and pistols blazing all night... I ain’t doing that again!
     
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    Dang Gary, glad your ok. 37 inches is a whopper copperhead. That would have left a mark!
     
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    Shooting Ben Avery one morning. An 8' King Brown slithered by without giving me a second look.
     
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    That's a big one , I would have had to change my shorts if I saw that thing hooked on to my pants leg...lol

    I have stepped on a few over the years hunting , know exactly what they feel like , luckily were they couldn't bite me , you just can't see them sometimes... I have told my wife for years to be careful out here in the woods ( city girl ) one day I killed one and coiled it up by the walkway in the open and she walked right over it.. Never saw it till I pointed it out , she looks now... BTW no head on the snake... They blend in...
     
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    They are the reason I don't care to bow hunt much anymore. Here in TN the rattlers and copperheads are plentiful. They say it is against the law to kill rattlers but I will break the law every time I see one. Don't know why but snakes scare the hell out of me. Just do not like them. I wish they would make camouflage to match the copperheads. Guy would blend in very good. 37" is a big one. I probably would still be screaming like a little girl if one struck me and hung up in my boots or pants.. Glad that one partially missed you..
     
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    A bite could run upwards of $37,000 as the anti venom is $10,000 per vile.

    Copper head bites are horrible in tissue destruction.
     
  16. KMart

    KMart Gold $$ Contributor

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    Don't you have to have some special permit to kill those things in Pa.?
     
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    Yikes...
     
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    Think so today but both before I left Pa. in 1999 I had killed tens of those rattle worms. Went back to my camp in Centre Co. in 2006 and got another. Now I literally battle them each year putting in food plots at my place in Georgia. Here from last year. Most always deal with one or more each year. I have one solution and this is it. Note the boots. Would not take a step in the Georgia woods without them.

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  19. snert

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    Yinz killed a big one!
     
  20. KMart

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    You need to get your hog population up a little. They will thin them out for you.
    On the other hand, which is worse, a hog or a snake?
     
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