I have heard mention many times of rattlesnakes in the northwest corner of Colorado but I have not yet seen any. I have only made it up there in late September or even later in the past but since we now have property there and will be going up scouting soon I was wondering if anybody else has seen any this time of year. I wouldn't mind shooting one but I would like to be prepared.
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Wed, 2011-07-06 18:59
has anybody seen rattlesnakes in northwest Colorado?
Wed, 2011-07-06 19:22#1
I was up above Maybell one
I was up above Maybell one year with a friend that had a archery antelope tag. We spotted a nice buck all alone and he decided to try and make a stalk through the sagebrush and a small draw. He went through the draw and was crawling up a small hill towards the buck when he jumped to his feet and scared the droppings out of the buck which was only 20 yards away. When he got back to the truck I asked him what it was that he was doing and why he didn't shoot the antelope. He stated that he had crawled right up to a rattle snake and looked him in the face and that he wasn't going back either.
Now with that being said I would be careful around wood and brush piles and keep my eyes open.
Thu, 2011-07-07 00:06#2
lots of rattlers
Northwest Colorado is known for its abundance of rattlesnakes. They've even been seen around houses and within the city limits of Craig. I myself do not hike in tall grass and weeds. A good friend of mine works for the county's weed control, and most days will see 3 or 4 (sometimes more) rattlers alongside the roads where he sprays. Some do not rattle and simply coil up ready to strike. If you're going to be hiking/walking in grass and weeds, snake boots are recommended.
Where is your property located?
Thu, 2011-07-07 10:52#3
NW Colorado rattlesnakes
Many, many years ago I worked for the Forest Service out of Steamboat Springs. One project that I had was surveying an acess road into National Forest land north of Craig. In two or three weeks of walking through the oakbrush, etc, we never saw a snake.
After a three year interruption for my stint in the Army (Vietnam) I returned to Steamboat and was the Forest Service Inspector on the construction of that road I had previously surveyed. Driving out one afternoon there was a 2 1/2-3' rattler in the middle of the road. It wasn't until after I had cut him in half with my shovel that I remembered that I wanted a snakeskin hatband. Oh well, there have been many more snakes, and I don't wear hats that often.
Thu, 2011-07-07 17:01#4
About 5 miles north of hwy 40
About 5 miles north of hwy 40 and 15 miles east of the Utah border. Up off the valley floor and covered with pinion.
Thu, 2011-07-07 20:07#5
Sounds like you're a bit
Sounds like you're a bit north of Massadona, Skull Creek area? We've spent some time out in that area. In the Deer Lodge Park area along the confluence of the Little Snake and Yampa Rivers we've seen rattlers on the sandy beaches. Some years you just see them more than others. Not sure what this year will bring, haven't heard of too many rattler reports yet. You'll find them even up in the pinyons.
Thu, 2011-07-07 17:37#7
I have taken a couple of rattlesnakes a few years ago, above Masonville (around 7500 ft) and out around Bellevue. Not really Northwest corner of Colorado, but I managed to make a headband out of one of them. Here's a pic!
Thu, 2011-07-07 17:47#8
That being said, I have
That being said, I have hunted and belly crawled areas 4 and 5 many times, in and around Craig, North of Steamboat and North of Craig just south of Baggs, WY. The only place I have seen rattlesnakes was South of Baggs, by Fan Rock. A local rancher ran one over, and told me to be careful crawling around out there. LOL!
Sat, 2011-07-09 10:16#9
I have seen a few over the years. Luckily they have all rattled for me, and I was quickly the other way in milliseconds! :\\\:D/ ...my hat is missing a hatband though, and if I am ready and in-season, I'd bag one for the table and for my hat!
Sat, 2011-07-09 17:05#10
I'd bag one for the table and for my hat!
One time I killed one about 3' long, and since I didn't damage anything except to take off his head, I decided to skin it out and mount the dried skin on a board. It skinned out very easily, kind of like a fish but much cleaner, and very little blood. About 2 1/2' of clean white meat and about a thousand rib bones. I then got the idea of taking it home and eating it.
Then I came to my senses and thought "I have two freezers at home full of great tasting deer, antelope, and elk meat. Why would I want to eat a snake?" The snake carcass got flung out into the bushes, and my head hasn't been clouded with thoughts of eating a snake since.