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Old 10-13-2021, 03:12 PM
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Being a relatively new deer hunter, I'm trying out different hunting methods: I expect to hunt in (deer stands, climbing stands, hang on and ground blinds.
One concern I have is having a surprise encounters with a venomous snake when set up in one of these platforms. For example: going into a brushed-in ground blind or finding on in a tree after I'm already sitting in the stand. Are these encounters realistic or just a bit of paranoia on my part?
BTW, here in south Georgia it stays warm much of the year so snakes can be active through winter.
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Old 10-13-2021, 03:22 PM
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North Florida has diamondback and pygmy rattlers, copperheads
and if it's bottom lands expect a moccasin or two when wandering the brush.
Heavy boots, chaps and a shooting stick are standard gear.
The shooting stick does double duty as a standing brace for the rifle and
pulling game out from the underbrush so as to avoid upper body exposure.
Handy for deflecting irritated reptiles when ya' don't see 'em until too late.
Chaps prevent thorny vines from perforating y'er legs when pushing through palmettos.

Snakes aren't my biggest worry.
Mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks, wasps, hornets and yellow jackets are serious irritations.

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Old 10-13-2021, 03:29 PM
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Look in blind with flashlight before proceeding. And donít leave anything in your blind a snake can hide under. Donít forget about wasp nest too. They like blinds.
In the roof part usually.
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Old 10-13-2021, 03:47 PM
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One concern I have is having a surprise encounters with a venomous snake when set up in one of these platforms. .... Are these encounters realistic or just a bit of paranoia on my part?

If you don't see any snakes of other shy critters you are probably doing it wrong.

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Old 10-13-2021, 04:09 PM
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Snakes are on my mind anytime i am in the woods when it is 40 degrees or more ,i was almost bitten 2 times in one day in Middle Tenn while scouting for deer. I just wear good boots and keep my eyes open, i also carry my cell phone. I spent some time in a country years ago that had snakes big enuff to crush you so i try my best to stay alert to them.
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Here in MS I wore snake leggings during archery, primitive weapon and 1st rifle season until after the 1st hard frost and even after then have to keep a careful watch.

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Old 10-13-2021, 06:45 PM
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I live in sunny south Florida and snakes big and small are everywhere.
I chopped up 2 of the devils in the past week in my backyard with my machete.
My neighbors say they crawl into their garages, I hate them all...
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I used to treat all snakes like they were poisonous and kill em. But like life I soon realized Iíd rather live with a few snakes than lots of rats.
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Being a relatively new deer hunter, I'm trying out different hunting methods: I expect to hunt in (deer stands, climbing stands, hang on and ground blinds.
One concern I have is having a surprise encounters with a venomous snake when set up in one of these platforms. For example: going into a brushed-in ground blind or finding on in a tree after I'm already sitting in the stand. Are these encounters realistic or just a bit of paranoia on my part?
BTW, here in south Georgia it stays warm much of the year so snakes can be active through winter.
All snakes in south Georgia are poison.
They also have the ability to bite you from either end.
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All snakes in south Georgia are poison.
They also have the ability to bite you from either end.
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I did some tours in Thailand years ago. We had several kinds of them and none were any good in my observation. A flashlight at night was essential in walking about. Also, during the rainy season they all looked for high ground. A friend of mine was almost bite while checking the wheel well of an aircraft, a cobra was up above the tire.
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I did some tours in Thailand years ago. We had several kinds of them and none were any good in my observation. A flashlight at night was essential in walking about. Also, during the rainy season they all looked for high ground. A friend of mine was almost bite while checking the wheel well of an aircraft, a cobra was up above the tire.
I've never seen a North American venomous snake(sheltered life eh?) and only saw a few in Vietnam of which one was in an underground bunker and the soldier that flipped out by the sight of it that opened up on it on full auto with an M16 was lucky he didn't kill any of his comrades! He'd never seen a snake in his life before and this one was a really big one!
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Did he hit the snake Al? I ran over a python at Subic. Thought it was a tree limb lying across both lanes. Must not have hurt it too bad it slithered off into the jungle.

We get rattlers around here but they're not aggressive unless you step on them or stick your hand in their face. I worry more about the dog than me. If you're humping the toolies below 7000' or so in Colorado and smell cucumbers there's a pretty good chance you'll find a den nearby.

I understand fear of snakes but I wish people wouldn't kill them for no reason. A lot of them are beneficial.

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A den of cucumbers?
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I'm so glad venomous snakes are few and far between around here. I don't even like having to deal with the non-venomous ones, and we have a lot of those. One guy who travels the country said he sees more snakes in South/central Illinois than anywhere else in the country. I think its because we don't kill them.
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