Hunter I know a lot of people say live and let live but i kill every rattler I see. I guess I am paranoid but I cant get over the feeling if I let it go it will bite me or someone else later. My friend used to let em go too til one killed his dog. Fubar
killing seems to be everyones reaction when coming in contact with a rattler. I do suppport wildlife management, but with to much killing, regulations get tougher and when land gets taken away from the public to protect something such as a gopher tortoise, spotted owl, or someday a rattlesnake we all suffer. Just be sure you know your species befor you kill/collect.
I run into quite a few rattlesnakes arrowhead hunting. At first I would kill everyone I saw, and collected about 25 rattles in one year. Then I decided to just leave them alone. Next time I will "shoot" one with my camera.
When in the field unless I feel threatened by the snake I won't kill it. If I kill it, I will skin it, cook it and eat it. I agree though if you live in an area where there are snakes, kill everyone you see. Just dont waste them though.
I saw one a few years back outside of fresno up in the hills. It was the biggest rattler I've ever seen. I guess it was about 6' long just crossing the road. I decided not to run it over, didn't want Bad Rattlesnake Karma.
I'm with Fubar, I'll shoot every deadly snake I see. I take my kids Hunting and I sure don't want them to get bit or anyone else. We shot 2 on the dove opner last yr. I get about 2 or 3 a yr.:skeered::skeered:
p.s. As wildlifedesigner put it, know what kind of snake you are shooting there are harmless snakes out there.
(Edited by Thonzberry at 1:32 pm on Oct. 31, 2001)
Slim gets a pretty wide berth from me. Last year I was hunting around some springs near Stoddard Valley and I was up on a hillside and I heard Slim give the roll call. I stopped immediately to locate him. I looked up the hill and could see him coiled under a pile of rocks. Needless to say I turned around and headed downhill, quick. My work takes me out into the brush quite often and if i find them there, ba-bye, but out in the field hunting I am their guest.
I agree with ol' onefoot above. I hate scorpions even worse than snakes. I have run into rattlers in Utah, California and Arizona. They usually don't bother you if you make enough noise walking through the deserts. I have only seen them when out rabbit hunting through the desert so I walk loud to spook up rabbits. I bowhunt for deer and have never spooked one up to date. I don't really worry about them because they won't kill you anyhow. You have plenty of time after a bite to get to a hospital. Unless you are one of those people who are allergic to bee stings and such. The one things the doctors do say these days is "Do not cut into the bite with a knife and try to suck the blood out". They say that people are causing more damage to themselves by doing this and it is not really necessary. Just a thought for all you scared-D-cats. I would like to try eating one some day. I heard it is pretty good.