Re: Rattle snakes while hunting coyotes
I have spent the majority of my life studying and even supplementing my income with snakes. I often say that "I know very little about quite a lot, and quite a lot about very little" but this would be an exception to that rule. I can't remember the last time that I "Had" to kill a snake but my memory isn't what it once was. Most snakes (foriegn and domestic) if given the opportunity will look for the back door vs. a confrontation. We have 2 eyes and in the case of rattle headed copper moccasin's, we have 2 ears that will serve you very well about 99% of the time. Also, snakes tend to be most active when the temperature is in the low to mid 80's. That's not to say that if it's 105 you should go stickin your hand under every yucca bush, because that's where they will be. Snakes are very keen on vibration and a walking stick or set of shooting sticks striking the ground heavier than your footsteps will get they're attention quick fast and in a hurry. All of this being said, there are exceptions to every rule so I'm not interested in that one time you had a 3' WDB rear up and stand it's ground like he was at the OK corral.
Now that I sound like I think all snakes should be left alive...Not so! I don't have a problem one with a guy running across a 6' western diamond back and thinking "that would look good in my trophy room" or somebody wanting to shoot some buzzworms for some rattlesnake chili(That stuff is TASTY!). I'm just saying that with a little education and vigilance, snakes actually pose little threat, and besides as much as I like snakes, I equally hate rats!
I don't check in here as much as I should and that is going to change. If anyone ever has any questions pertaining to snakes don't hesitate to ask.
I sung the first hymn when the stars were created,and I let Mary know who she was expecting. Then again... I've turned rivers into blood and cities into salt...........So I don't think I have to explain myself to you! Gabriel