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.