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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]
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]
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…
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.
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.
DJI Phantom 4 flown up to rattlesnake den in Montana. I recommend ordering straight from DJI! Best & safest way to view snakes!
A Western Diamondback Rattlesnake gets violently SLAMMED. If this sounds offensive, don't watch it. And yes, I ate the snake.
Snake hunters gather in Sweetwater, Texas every year for what is billed as the largest rattlesnake roundup in the world.
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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