Or anyone else hitting the outdoors for that matter. I was hiking into my turkey hunting spot yesterday and was surprised by a rather large rattler across my path. He was stretched out moving and we saw each other about the same time. He actually moved towards me reared up in a half coil ready to strike at about 2 and a half feet. I automatically and instinctively blasted him as I've not had a rattler that close ready to strike at me before. This was near Colorado City in the foothills of the Greenhorn. I measured him at 44 inches and he had twelve rattles. Be carefull guys, this certainly made me more cautious where I step or sit.