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Canebreak rattlesnake

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Went scout Bayou Teche NWR this weekend and got the crap scared out of me after I almost walked right on top of canebreak rattlesnake. After jumping about 10 feet backwards (lol) I got a closer look of my encounter. In all my years of being out in the woods, this was my first time seeing a rattlesnake in the wild. It had to be at least 4 feet long and was pretty fat and rattling away at me. Had he not rattled when he did, I would have stepped right ontop of him, which would have put me in a bad situation. I was a mile from my truck. Even though I didn't find much deer sign, I still plan to hunt this area in October. However, I'm now a little scared about walking in the dark knowing there's big rattlesnakes out there. What kind of precautions do you guys make in the early bow-season when the snakes are still very active? I'd hate to get bite back there and then have to hike a mile back to my truck. If any of you hunt Teche, be careful.
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Buy some snake chaps
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Yes go buy some snake chaps! I always wear mine. they are inexpensive not too uncomfortable and could really save you from a lot of misery!
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...buy the legging...even a non-poison bite the infection can kill you...(watch trash and wood piles also)...and never put your foot over a log when you can't see the other side...and you turkey people check well before you sit down at the base of a tree...you never know where they would put a tourniquet with a 'rectum' bite ???...cheers ???
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   Orion13
I only saw 2 rattlers in all my years in the woods, but man do they fighten you. I'm more worried about the cottonmouths. I almost stepped on a young one sitting on the trail this weekend. At least the rattlers rattle at you. Luckily they rarely bite you unless you step on them. No snake gear for me. Tried those pants but they are too hot to run or walk all day in. I usually jog several miles with only trail shoes on only socks when deer scouting plus i do trail runs through the woods every week. I just run fast, watch where i step and try to react quick! Growning up crawfishing and lizard and snake hunting at everynight for a living I've done stepped near countless and actually stepped on a bunch and only a few that i've stepped on actually tried striking at me. A few even struck my hip boots but none ever went through luckily. Been bite hundreds of times by nonpoisonous snakes and never had issues healing.
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I saw my first rattler running our dogs a few weeks ago. Measured 5'9 8'around

Didnt have a tape measure when the moccasin was caught but he was one of the biggest I have seen.

Both were caught alive by this crazy fella
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   Orion13
sweet pics, I never touch the dangerous snakes until they are dead!
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that is the biggest moccasin in the history of big moccasins
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I killed about a 5 footer with 9 and a button yesterday.

Last night I looked for snakes all night.
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That's one crazy dude handling a rattlesnake and a cottonmouth. I don't mess with the dangerous snakes at all. I just examine them and leave them be. However, I don't mind killing a cottonmouth. Some places I hunt are invested with them. Think I'm going to get me a pair of chaps to hunt the early bow season. I'm not going to lie, I'll be some paranoid walking in the dark when its warm now. lol Hope we get some cooler weather soon so I don't have to worry as much about them.
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What section were you in?
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Where I hunt it is 5ft tall palmettos and the rattlers love it! If you where rubber knee boots you will be fine. They don't bite deep just get the first layer so even your pants should help you. Good luck!
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I don't think the venom would kill me, but the heart attack from being struck sure would!!!!!!
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I was in northbend east right off the powerline
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I hunted that area several times last year. I didnt see any snakes, but pulled a few ticks off of me! And only saw one doe, but saw two bears...
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