Hunting For Snakes

Discussion in 'Cast & Blast' started by Nick Riggs, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    I've seen several in my area of the state sunning themselves on rocks or on trials. They really seem to like trails that don't get a ton of foot trafic as it is a clear place to sun themselves without being interupted.
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    Found her on the selway...way up the trail, saw 4 that day!
     
  2. Snake

    Snake tryin' not to get too comfortable

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    Head shots w/ a shotshell is the $$$.

    Gut 'em, peel the skin off (like a banana), roll the flesh into a coil, and put a bamboo skewer through to keep it together on the grill. A little olive oil helps to keep them from sticking to the grill.

    If it's cooked properly, the meat will fall off the (numerous) rib bones, like a trout, but you'll still be spitting some toothpicks.

    It doesn't taste like chicken at all, unless your chickens eat mice in the middle of the night, using infrared tongue sensors to locate warm-blooded prey. It tastes like sage and juniper, and the desert, and the river.

    Fresh-grilled rattlers are an awesome meal!

    Be careful, though. Even a dead buzzworm will strike, out of hard-wired instinct. A sturdy pair of leather gloves is a good precaution.
     
  3. obiwankanobi

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    Nothing against anyone eating what they want but just the thought of eating snake meat, disgusts the heck out of me. I am originally from Idaho and the largest and most rattlesnakes we saw were deep along the Selway River trail. One day I counted 17 rattlesnakes with the largest one being about 4'. They are dark with black and white stripes near the tail. Actually somewhat passive, but with a firm poke, they would get into position and get ready to strike.

    In Wa, the most snakes I've seen are at Crab Creek. I went one warm summer afternoon, thinking that the rattlesnake rumors where embelished to ward the fly fisherman away. Well, it was true!! After seeing 4 rattlesnakes after about a 5 min walk from the car, a day on the CDA River, seemed a better idea.
     
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    MacRowdy Idaho Resident Craftsman/Artisan

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    oh yeah now you're talking Nick!

    Use to hunt me some rattle snakes up Wenatchee way with my 357 snubnose and snake charmer shot shells. My little bro and I grilled up a big old bull snake out on douglas creek one fine summer day. It was a tasty snack with some bbq sauce and lots of pepper.

    Killed one with Worldangler out at "rattle snake creek". Shot it with my Glock .40 just below the head from about three yards. We saw at lease five that day. Had to kill the one before my dog got too interested.

    I know it's probably illegal but I've got a pet rattler in my cabin at the moment. haha he's just a little guy but he kills everything we throw in the fish tank with him. haha

    MAC
     
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    The only one I've seen in my 38 years in WA was in the Colockum about two years ago while grouse hunting. It was sunning itself to get rid of cold from the frosty night. I almost stepped on it but it was slow moving due to the coolness. It was about 3 1/2 feet long and I shot it's head off with 20 ga #6s. I didn't want it to bite the dog.
     
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    Rattlesnake isn't bad -- it tastes like chicken as much as frog or alligator tastes like chicken. The only rattler I've had is the AZ western diamondback variety (same species as eastern WA, but a little bigger due to nearly year-round growth), and lightly breaded with corn meal and deep-fried in chunks -- quite good (and the same way I've had both alligator and croc). It seems ridiculous to kill a snake with a firearm though -- I mean come on, a gun for a snake?... Many generations of Sonoran-dwelling AZ cowboys have killed many the rattlesnake with a stick while their peacemakers stayed securely on their hips... The one thing that really needs to be said, and this isn't just a wives' tale, is to make sure the snake doesn't bit itself. An injured or extremely aggressive rattlesnake will sometimes turn and bite itself, and inject venom into its own body. Make sure when you do kill the snake it doesn't do this... Also, at a rattler fry last fall in Sasabe, AZ, while the local cowboys watched us fry up rattlesnake, one of them turned and asked me why I would ever eat snake -- "snakes are for hungry people" was all he had to say...
     
  8. Backyard

    Backyard SANCHO!

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    Why go out into the desert, risking sunburn and possible tick infection? Just hop on a shuttle to Seatac... Cause there's SNAKES on the mutha f*ckin Planes!


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    He's got a heelluvaa 'LONG BLACK SNAKE MOAN' there!
     
  10. obiwankanobi

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    Ha Ha Ha...did anyone see that movie? I never did see it since I thought that the plot looked pretty bad.

    That is one hell of a Alabama Blacksnake and all I have to say is "Too Bouku"