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Rattlesnake Standoff

OFF-ROAD OUTDOORS.COM From the Archives - It was early September, hot and Dove season in Northern Nevada, home of the Great Basin Rattler. During the season I often went for evening Dove hunts on the Hermann ranch in Dayton valley where I lived. Most of my hunts were uneventful, until one week when it all changed. Normally, I drove my F150 4x4 pickup out to different locations to hunt the evening flight. That Monday afternoon I decided to walk from the house to a location near a pond about a mile away. I arrived at my shooting spot under a tree in the sagebrush about 20 minutes early and had to go to the bathroom. I was under the tree and a foot or so from some tall sagebrush. I leaned my shotgun against the sagebrush to the left and as I was pulling my pants down, it appeared that something was moving near my left foot. As I focused on the movement through the brush, there it was… a snake tail with rattles attached, not six-inches from my foot. I froze in terror wondering where the head was. I was soon to find out!  [full article]


And You Thought Headless Chickens Were Scary

 

GRUNGE.COM From the Archives - What should you do if you encounter a rattlesnake in your backyard? Well, you can keep your distance and hope it goes on to live a life of peace and harmony and it never bites your children. Or, you can decapitate it with a shovel. According to CNN, that's what Milo Sutcliffe did, but then the head of the decapitated snake enacted some cold revenge and bit him on the hand when he tried to pick it up. Now, getting bit by a headless snake is not the same as getting bit by a whole snake. A headless snake doesn't have all its faculties intact. So while a head that's still attached to its body may be able to regulate its venom delivery, a headless snake just lets loose with whatever it has because hey, why not. It's not like it's ever going to have another chance.  [full article]


Getting Rattled

Bob Rogers

It was, like most mid-summer days, uneventful. My golden retriever and I had decided to walk the hills of a nearby wildlife management area.  While mostly occupied by mule deer, a few pronghorn antelope, some rabbits and lots of deer mice, the area features some rock and sage outcroppings.  While I’m aware that rattlesnakes are fond of the area, I had walked it or rode horseback many times never seeing one.  Another hiker I ran across that day, however, was using his GoPro camera on a stick.  That got my curiosity motor humming.  Here’s why.

If you have a particular interest in snakes and you live in or anywhere close to Nebraska, you’re in luck. The UN is offering “Snakes of Nebraska this weekend.  See more on their Facebook page here.

Rattlers are seldom happy campers. Because I’ve hunted in such country many times and seen a few I never much worried about them. While hunting my mind is generally on hoofed critters, not wiggly ones. I’ve been told several times by others that I either just walked by a rattler or there was a snake under some brush that I was approaching. Encountering snakes while wandering around the rugged countryside is not exactly routine, it pays to be aware and, in that spirit, some visual advice is in order as you’ll see in this edition of…

Proof Rattlesnakes Don't Want To Bite Unless Provoked, 2:32 min.

This just proves that Rattlesnakes are not out to harm us. They only bite as a last resort. Their venom is for hunting, it is valuable to them and they only use it when needed.

Animal Habitats : Where Do Rattlesnakes Live? 2:10 min.

Rattlesnakes are most commonly found living in the central and southern parts of the United States where climates are warmer. Look for rattle snakes hiding under rocks and bushes with tips from a science teacher.

Drone vs Rattlesnake Den, 4:57 min.

DJI Phantom 4 flown up to rattlesnake den in Montana. I recommend ordering straight from DJI! Best & safest way to view snakes!

Rattlesnake Bowkill, 1:47 min.

A Western Diamondback Rattlesnake gets violently SLAMMED. If this sounds offensive, don't watch it. And yes, I ate the snake.

Rattlesnake Roundup, 2:53 min.

Snake hunters gather in Sweetwater, Texas every year for what is billed as the largest rattlesnake roundup in the world.

Rattlesnakes in the Den of Death, 5:24 min.

The Okeene Rattlesnake Roundup is the oldest rattlesnake hunt in the nation. Since 1939, the people of Okeene have been conducting a memorable show for curious crowds who come to see the snakes up close, and personal.

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BREAKING :
INT’L – HUNTING - A Canadian couple went viral for killing a lion in South Africa, but trophy hunting is a bigger business back homeVIRGINIA DEMOCRATS WERE BESIDE THEMSELVES WITH RAGE LAST WEEK, BLASTING REPUBLICANS IN THE LEGISLATURE FOR DOING NOTHING DURING WHAT ENDED UP BEING A VERY BRIEF SPECIAL SESSION THAT THE GOVERNOR HAD CALLED ON GUN CONTROL. IT TAKES NO POLITICAL MACHIAVELLI TO REALIZE THE SPECIAL SESSION WAS A SET-UP FROM THE START, AN EFFORT BY THE NORTHAM ADMINISTRATION TO MOVE THE SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM ITS OWN ONGOING IMAGE PROBLEMS AND INEPTITUDE.A FORMER U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION WATCH COMMANDER AT THE LOS ANGELES AND LONG BEACH PORTS PLEADED GUILTY WEDNESDAY TO FEDERAL CRIMINAL CHARGES FOR RUNNING AN ILLEGAL GUN-SELLING BUSINESS. WEI XU, 56, OF SANTA FE SPRINGS, PLEADED GUILTY TO FOUR FELONIES: UNLAWFULLY ENGAGING IN THE BUSINESS OF DEALING IN FIREARMS, UNLAWFULLY POSSESSING UNREGISTERED FIREARMS, MAKING MATERIALLY FALSE STATEMENTS TO A FEDERAL AGENCY.ALARMED BY REPORTS OF MISMANAGEMENT AND WORRIED OVER THE FUTURE OF THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION, A LOOSE FACTION OF THE GROUP’S MEMBERS, DIRECTORS, AND DONORS HAVE PUSHED FOR DRAMATIC CHANGES, INCLUDING THE RESIGNATION OF ITS LONGTIME LEADER, WAYNE LAPIERRE. BUT THEIR CAMPAIGN HAS RUN SMACK INTO THE ORGANIZATION’S OWN BOARD, WHICH HAS BEEN STRUCTURED TO SHIELD INSIDERS FROM CHALLENGES TO THE STATUS QUO.THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL GUN LOBBY MAY HAVE A COMMANDING GRIP ON AMERICAN POLITICS, BUT IT CONTINUES TO FACE REVOLT FROM WITHIN. OVER LAST WEEKEND, FORMER NRA PRESIDENT MARION HAMMER SENT A PRIVATE EMAIL TO BOARD MEMBERS TELLING THEM TO FALL IN LINE OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES. HAMMER’S LETTER, PREVIOUSLY ONLY REPORTED WITHIN THE FIREARMS BLOGOSPHERE, IS AN APPARENT RESPONSE TO A NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE POSTED PUBLICLY THAT THEY HAVE FACED RETALIATION FOR QUESTIONING ALLEGED FINANCIAL MALFEASANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION.