Last thursday at the local handgun match I saw my first snake of the year. We had just finished shooting & I was driving out of the parking lot, looking up ahead of me I thought, that can't be a snake, its too big! It was stretched out full length & was probably 3 feet from 2 guys putting their guns away in the trunk of their car. I honked the horn & pointed & both of them looked up the road, I honked again & this time one of them spotted it, all blended in with the gravel. This old fellow is from Flathead Lake, Montana, about 6' 5" & maybe 75 years old....I told him later that he runs faster than he shoots. It wasn't a rattlesnake but if you are like me everyone of them is a Cobra when you first spot them. I bailed out to grab my camera but before I could get a photo the other guy had hazed if off the road & it crawled under one of the portable toilets. I really wanted to stick around for the next rodeo when one of the women went in there but I decided to leave. The next day some of our group went 4 wheeling in the desert & seen 3 rattlesnakes, they killed one & let the other 2 go, then yesterday some of them spotted a Gila Monster, they got some pretty good photo's of him. Its time to be cautious if you are out playing in the Arizoa desert! With the wind chill it was 77 degrees today.
Last night the local news said Yellowstone grizzlies are waking up. Spring is in the air and it's about time.
Years ago, my brother and I were hiking thru about a half mile of high grass into the Big Hole river to do a little fishing. Rattle snakes were known in the area and we were pretty edgy. Once on the river, there was a well defined trail along the grassy bank. Just as I started to relax a bit, I stepped on an unseen stick. It was about six feet long, maybe 2/3 inches in diameter and curved in such a way that when I stepped on it the far end popped up in the tall grass in front of me. First thing that flashed thru my mind was SNAKE!, followed by a huge adrenalin dump (about had a heart attack).
Dick.... 23 below ZERO here yesterday morning. Not a snake in the snowbank. When at last snakes stretch out of hibernation, they're all garter snakes, a prize guardian of the garden. Having the weather backwards, by that time I'll be back i the Cajun South, ready for native victuals, washed down with native lead slinging. David Bradshaw
A few years back, my seven year son and I were fishing our pond. He was about 50 yards down the bank from me when I heard a scream. I looked up and saw a vapor trail behind him as he ran toward me. When he got to me, he said, "I stepped on a snake!" I asked if he was alright and he responded, "Yeah, it just scared me a little." We continued to fish quietly shoulder to shoulder for about ten minutes when he asked, "Dad, what would have done if you stepped on that snake." I responded, "I guess I would have ran and screamed like a little girl just like you did." He denies it to this day!
Post by bigbore442001 on Mar 8, 2014 5:13:07 GMT -5
We still have winter here in Southern New England. Right now it is 26 degrees and there is still a blanket of snow on the ground. Also, the weathermen are predicting snow showers for Monday and Wednesday.
Post by indigowolf on Mar 10, 2014 19:58:53 GMT -5
Coastal New Hampshire ... the skunks have awoken. I drive eleven miles to work between home and work I have smelled no less than twelve skunks in different areas along the way as well as the lingering dead ones. In the last week I have counted six skunks alongside the road, one raccoon and one mink. It must be the sleep in their eyes that they are playing in traffic to their own demise. Robins showed up a month ago in the deep freeze of early February.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."
If ya shoot'em, you should eat'em ! The rattlers anyway. Away back in the woods, if they warn me, I'm happy to back up, once I have the direction pegged. In the camp yard, or heaven forbid, the outhouse...bang, bang, bang ! Stay safe folks, please. steve
Woking at diamond point in the Adirondacks. Snow is coming down to beat the band. They say maybe 24inches. Yesterday it was 56 and I worked out side In a flannel shirt. It's that time of year,back and forth weather. Sure has been a hungry winter though. Wondering how this will effect deer hunting this coming fall.
I was camping/hiking in the Chiricahua Mtns last week and saw a snake on the road.Not positive but it looked like a rattlesnake.Nice weather,low 70's in the afternoon and low 40's at night.Still a lot of snow up above about 9000'.