Wait until you walk into a mess like this one that I found one year. Granted it was in Arizona but a friend found the same kind of mess of them in Wyoming.
I did once on Ft Hood, TX! I was lyign in my bag on my cot and they were right next to me. I heard the weeds moving right next to!! To this day I am still not sure how I did it, but while still in my mummy bag I got off the cot and up into my humvee, and then reached down and grabbed my cot. I then crawled out of the bag, jump in and drove my hummer to the other side of the range and went back to sleep in the back of my humvee!
At that particular range, (Jack Mountain) they had the greatest collection of snakes skins, turantulas, centipeedes, scorpions, etc... I have ever seen! Then, the guy told me the story of why there were so many in that area. Apparently when they made Ft hood, like tint he 30's or something, there was a rancher there that got "annexed" by the gov, and he was a rattlesnake rancher! He was pissed, so instead of relocating, he just released them! This was back in the 80's and they were still having a major problem with snakes in the area.
It's funny in that a fast night crawler will scare the brown stuff out of me but I am ok around the rattle snakes. Usually when I am out and about I don't go activly looking for them but it seams like I find my share pluss some.
Here are a couple more pictures that I have been able to take.
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...