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Monday, May 28, 2007

Water Moccasin at Whitetail Deer Tree Stand!

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin This message was sent by "billy" from yahoo.com ...

stop killing the snakes they wont hurt you unless bothered. no i am not a tree hugger i just like snakes.

Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 8:39 PM

Bogey's reply: Billy - I understand that you are not a tree-hugger and that you like snakes. I agree with you on both points. I'm no tree-hugger and I like snakes also. However, I failed to mention in my previous write-up about the water moccasin that this cottonmouth snake was coiled up at the base of the tree that supports my whitetail deer tree stand. I almost stepped right on the water moccasin when I took a step towards the pond. I saw him at the last second and jumped back. The cottonmouth snake didn't even move, even though I came within a foot of it.

I killed the water moccasin because I almost stepped on it and moreover, my bother-in-law did step on a cottonmouth a few years ago. Lucky for him that he stepped near its head so that it couldn't turn enough to bite him.

Dealing with poisonous snakes is just part of being in nature and hunting. I've seen 4 water moccasins and 2 copperheads in the past decade. All six poisonous snake sightings were in the summer when I was preparing the woods for fall deer hunting. It's a hazard that comes with the territory when you are in the whitetail deer's woods.

Happy Hunting, Bogey--->
posted at 10:12 PM