rattlers... what to do?

Rob Allen

Active Member
#61
P.S. Some people think humans shouldn't kill rattlers. I respect their opinion and would never denigrate them for it. However, being a native born Texan (and I'm also a pheasant & quail hunter who knows how many hunting dogs get bit), you can probably guess how I feel about rattlers. ;)
Dogs can be trained to leave snakes alone killing them is not necessary
 

bennysbuddy

the sultan of swing
#62
I'm disappointed, I have lived in Montana for almost 6 years now and have yet to see a live one.

Of all the times I have fished over on the dry side when I lived in Washington, I never saw them there either. I must be lucky.
I never saw any either until I had my eyes checked & got a pair of glasses
 
#64
2 things: 1. dont run anywhere cause you might run into another snake, 2 . stomping the ground is good but it will scare and\or alert the fish. mike w
 

Preston

Active Member
#66
Years ago, as a friend and I drove along the gravel road into Rocky Ford, we heard gunfire up ahead. As we rounded the corner we saw a guy, beside his truck, .45 in hand, blazing away. He told us that he'd seen this "rattler" crossing the road and jumped out with his .22 loaded with snake shot cartridges. Perceiving that this wasn't getting the job done he dove back into the truck and came out blasting away with his .45. He'd really shot that poor bullsnake to pieces.
 

FT

Active Member
#67
Old Man,

In the 12 years I lived in Montana (1 in Hot Springs, 1 in Geraldine, 5.5 in Cascade, .5 in Billings, 4 in Boulder) I only saw 4 rattlers, and 2 of those were on the gravel road between Cascade and Sun River. Regarding Maiden Rock Canyon on the Big Hole, it was one of my favorite places to fish when I lived in Boulder since it was only a 45 minute drive via I-15. I never saw one when I was fishing and I used to start fishing it as soon as it opened in mid-May, often starting in late afternoon and fishing until dark. I did see one of the 3 I saw in those 12 years I lived in Montana upstream of Wise River at the state fishing access just downstream of the Hwy bridge. He was swimming accross the river about 15' from where I was wading. He went on his way, and I kept on fishing.
 
#68
Since moving to Eastern WA I've been on the look out for rattlers. Kind of looking forward to seeing one. When I lived in Florida and fished out of a kayak a lot, people used to ask if I was nervous about encountering gators. Not really, but water moccasins really made me nervous. Those damn things have no problem heading for you and climbing right in your boat. Used hear stories of guys shooting holes in their boats trying to kill ones that dropped or climbed in.
 

PT

Physhicist
#69
Jump up and down while screaming like a little girl. Make sure you wet yourself at the same time.


Or you could stop, look around, and then back up. After that, walk around the snake and continue on your way. Maybe even snap a few pictures when you get 2 steps away from that scary little beast.
 
#70
Steve Vaughn: agree with you on the cottonmouths and watermoccasins. Most of them avoided humans, but there were always a few that were aggressive. They aren't very poisonous compared to rattlers, but still. I have had them come right up to the boat. Even worse were the ones that hung around the boat ramps at night.
 

Vladimir Steblina

Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working
#71
The only time I had a rattler strike at me was duck hunting in the Seeps. I love eastern Washington.

My wife called me at work to tell me there was a rattlesnake in our garage. So....I told her to throw the cat into the garage and after a half-hour open the garage door. Snake was gone by the time I came home from work that evening.

Take a cat fishing with you at Rocky Ford. Cat wins....everything is ok. Snake wins....your only out a cat.
 

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#72
The only time I had a rattler strike at me was duck hunting in the Seeps. I love eastern Washington.

My wife called me at work to tell me there was a rattlesnake in our garage. So....I told her to throw the cat into the garage and after a half-hour open the garage door. Snake was gone by the time I came home from work that evening.

Take a cat fishing with you at Rocky Ford. Cat wins....everything is ok. Snake wins....your only out a cat.

Wow, my prayers are answered. Now I've got to get a couple of rattlesnakes back over here from the east side. I imagine I'll have to tape the cats feet together, though, I'd hate for the snake to get hurt.
 
#73
Snake, what's a snake?
Aloha,
Stan
Seriously, You get a hiking stick and extend it out in front of you as you walk... like a sight impaired person. That way you won't step on one anyway. Worked for my wife the year we spent on the mainland while fishing, I mean finishing school. LOL
 
#74
I wear snake gators when walking to and from fishing areas. You can get them at most outfitters. I also keep a snake bite kit in my pack, just in case.
 

Connor H

Bobbers n Beadz
#75
While fishing a desert creek with a friend, we saw, shot, and killed 8 rattlers in one day. Amazing amount of snakes around there. We picked them all up on the way back and took a few pics of them on the hood of the truck. Moral of the story, look down and keep your hand on your glock...
 

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