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Turkey hunters be cautious!

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.

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Re: Turkey hunters be cautious!

His rattles.

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Re: Turkey hunters be cautious!

Thanks for the reminder SoCo. Good thing you got it before it got you. Just one of the real threats to anyone spending time in the outdoors here int he western part of the US, especially in the southwest.

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Re: Turkey hunters be cautious!

No prob Western, it sure made an impression on me and a little squirrely in the rocky brushy stuff.

Take care.

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Re: Turkey hunters be cautious!

Thanks for the heads up!!!!

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Re: Turkey hunters be cautious!

If there is one creature I can not stand it is a snake. You were lucky SoCo and I am glad you got him. One the of the ranch hands from the Escalante Cattle Company in Escalante Canyon called me Wednseday and said one of his dogs died from a ratllesnake bite. banghead I have played in that country my entire life and never seen one. I will definitely be more cautious now! What??

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Re: Turkey hunters be cautious!

WOW! Geez I can't stand snakes. I'm glad you had a good outcome and doubly glad you took one out of the population.

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Re: Turkey hunters be cautious!

Yeah, I don't like them rattlers either. I know they got a right to live like anything else, just don't want to ever get bitten. The lady who runs the stables where we keep our horses lifted a bale of hay up yesterday to feed with and there was a baby rattler with one button under the bail. I believed it got diced with a shovel. Evil!

Heading up to try to fill my turkey tag a few more times before season ends. Hope I don't run into any more of those darn things.

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