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#170331 - 04/16/18 09:04 AM Snakes are out in East Texas!
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I'm sure that they have been out for a while, but I saw my first Moccasin yesterday while "makin' the rounds".


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#170332 - 04/16/18 09:42 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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Coach,
Perfect opportunity to introduce it to your new 1911.
Or did you and this is a before picture???
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#170333 - 04/16/18 09:57 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Billy Poyner]
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Billy,

I was unarmed. But I might miss with the 1911.

I will will be carrying my Bond Arms Texan from now on, and it will be loaded with .410 3" magnums.
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#170486 - 04/22/18 02:12 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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It must be a strange experience to be looking at dangerous snake, while walking. We don't have dangerous wildlife here in the Netherlands, except our liberal politicians laugh


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#171035 - 05/09/18 07:38 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Sphinx3000]
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I've only seen three copperheads in my life. One on a Boy Scout camp out back when I carried a stamped blade with a fake stag grip knife. Hey, I was 10.

One in the wood pile at the old hunting camp. And one that had just laid two eggs on my outside cook bench at the cabin about five years ago.

This weekend we uncovered a juvenile copperhead while trimming back monkey grass in our back garden. That's too close. Worse thing is by the time I found my kaiser blade, some folks call it a sling blade, it was gone.
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#171040 - 05/10/18 09:45 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: tomthbomb]
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When I was growing up in Virginia, up until age 16, I came across many copperhead. I would use a stick to hold them down, put my boot over their head and then use my knife to cut their head off. Most dangerous in the fall leaves, hard to spot.

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#171042 - 05/10/18 09:58 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Sphinx3000]
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Originally Posted By: Sphinx3000
It must be a strange experience to be looking at dangerous snake, while walking. We don't have dangerous wildlife here in the Netherlands, except our liberal politicians laugh

I'd rather deal with the snakes grin


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#171131 - 05/14/18 09:59 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Michael_Mason]
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I had to use my Bond Arms Texan on a Moccasin this weekend (.410 3"). It would not be politically correct to post a picture of the result on here.


Edited by coachblalock (05/14/18 10:03 AM)
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#171137 - 05/14/18 01:14 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Michael_Mason]
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Originally Posted By: Michael_Mason
Originally Posted By: Sphinx3000
It must be a strange experience to be looking at dangerous snake, while walking. We don't have dangerous wildlife here in the Netherlands, except our liberal politicians laugh

I'd rather deal with the snakes grin


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#171139 - 05/14/18 04:14 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Sphinx3000]
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Always keep an eye out... we had a baby copperhead on the back porch last week, so young he still had a green tail. Opted for a quick head pop with the sledge hammer I had on the porch (very effective). Not a good critter to have around with 2 dogs and a 3 year old on the move. I've declared war on the English ivy in the backyard to help deter future visitors. Have a good week fellas, Jay
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#171311 - 05/21/18 09:08 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Jay G]
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Welp, killed another copperhead in the driveway last night around 7:00PM. Hopefully this trend slows down. 11 days until Blade! Have a good week fellas, Jay
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#171333 - 05/22/18 05:10 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Jay G]
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How often do you encounter these creatures?
I would walk all day long with something like this:


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#171336 - 05/22/18 09:53 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Sphinx3000]
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Yep, if I was walking in snake country, this would be my 1st choice. Where I live, I have never seen a poisonous snake. Might be a rattlesnake around, but in 17 years, I've never seen one here. Bears, cougers and wolves, need a different tact, my Glock 20 in 10mm is the choice. Not bad for 2 legged either.

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#171339 - 05/23/18 04:49 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: pappy19]
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10mm would indeed do the trick!
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#171356 - 05/24/18 11:23 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Sphinx3000]
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This is what I use.

I see a moccasin just about every day when I make the rounds on my 4-wheeler.

I saw 15 on the morning of April 29, 2017.

That was the day that the tornado hit Canton, Texas. Canton is about 30 miles south of me.


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#171360 - 05/24/18 12:37 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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Great gun, love the text on it!
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#171361 - 05/24/18 12:44 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Sphinx3000]
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When we lived in North Louisiana, we went to First Monday nearly all summer. You had to pick an area to shop because there was no way you could see it all in one day.

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#171362 - 05/24/18 03:03 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: pappy19]
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Pappy: Its even bigger now!!!
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#171364 - 05/24/18 04:27 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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I have one of these squirreled away somewhere. I used to keep it in the old Jeep but quit that. I'm concerned about dropping it on the hammer.


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#171366 - 05/24/18 05:29 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: tomthbomb]
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Hey Pappy:
My very first College Track Meet was at Ruston back in the early 70s.
I remember going into that gym/fieldhouse and seeing Terry Bradshaw's football jersey hanging up in the trophy case RETIRED. I though that was the COOLEST thing Id ever seen!

He musta been sumthin' at La Tech!


Edited by coachblalock (05/24/18 05:31 PM)
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#171367 - 05/24/18 06:56 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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Yes it was something to have Phil Robertson and Terry Bradshaw both at the same time. Terry's brother Gary was friends with a lot of my Kappa Sigma brothers and came by our frat house often. Terry came to Boise a few years ago and my son, AJ, got his autograph on my 1968 Tech annual. Between his sophomore and junior summer, the Tech QB coach took Terry to his cattle ranch and made him pass on his knees at a swinging tire at different distances. Terry went from a skinny 190 to 220 and a very accurate passer. If you ever notice, Terry doesn't take that last step in passing, all because Mickey Slaughter and training.

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Edited by pappy19 (05/24/18 06:59 PM)
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#174851 - 10/03/18 02:47 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: pappy19]
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I'm sorry that I haven't kept up on the tally, but if I posted every time I kilt a moccasin, it would overload the forum.

Here is 2 pictures taken yesterday of #26 for 2018. The first is a kill shot from about 5 yds with my Bond Arms Texan (.410).

The second shows his head blown all to heck from about a yard.

I'm gettin' about ready for some cold weather!


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#174922 - 10/04/18 04:26 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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#174939 - 10/06/18 12:42 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Wally]
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Is that snake what I think it is???
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#174943 - 10/06/18 04:19 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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It's just a black snake, but he was pretty sporty, definitely six feet long, I'm 5'11".
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#174944 - 10/06/18 04:23 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Wally]
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Did you turn him loose.

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#174947 - 10/06/18 05:31 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: pappy19]
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Yeah, I just kept him about 5 minutes, showed him to the property owner and let him go right where I found him. This one was on the same property, (where I fish sometimes) but he was only about three feet.
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#174949 - 10/06/18 05:47 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Wally]
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HA! Great Pic Wally!
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#174951 - 10/06/18 06:10 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: TonyLaPetri]
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Assume it was a black racer. They are very fast and hard to catch. They eat about everything. A black rat snake is more muscular and not as fast, plus are constrictors, as black racers are not.

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#174952 - 10/06/18 06:21 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: pappy19]
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Yeah Pap, I'm no expert. I just don't pick up rattlers or copperheads!
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#174955 - 10/07/18 09:51 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Wally]
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Wally--

Most people classify all snakes together...and don't realize how deadly the black snakes are for the poisonous snakes.

Good to have them around for that reason, although they also eat other things, including the eggs of ground-nesting game birds like quail, grouse, and pheasants, as well as raiding the nests of songbirds.

We have them around the outside of the house where they are mostly looking for lizards.

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#174958 - 10/07/18 12:47 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: LarryWW1246]
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I donít kill ANY snakes except Moccasins & Copperheads that are within 100 yds of my house.

Speckled King Snakes, Racers, Garter Snakes and even Chicken Snakes are welcome here.
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#175197 - 10/15/18 08:01 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Wally]
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Lots of copperheads in Tennessee and I don't like them much..


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#175200 - 10/15/18 09:15 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Boomer51]
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That's the only way I'll handle a copperhead... dead.
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#175212 - 10/16/18 06:19 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Wally]
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Dwight:

Thatís a pretty good sized specimen of a copperhead !!!

You donít see Ďem get that big very often.

Coach
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#175245 - 10/16/18 10:03 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: coachblalock]
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He was Coach, 45" nose to tail. We were coming out the woods from hunting and someone ahead of us had run him over but he was big enough to stop for a photo op. I think the state record here is something like 52 or 53"and I usually see them more in the 24" range. Still don't like them regardless of size but he might make a nice knife sheath panel one day.
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#175288 - 10/17/18 03:46 PM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Boomer51]
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I have seen a few a good bit fatter....not one longer. I have no positive feelings re: copperheads....a goodly amount of negative ones, though.
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#175341 - 10/18/18 10:52 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: Duke]
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Mama always said, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all."

That Copperhead sure makes a nice hat band.


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#175343 - 10/18/18 10:59 AM Re: Snakes are out in East Texas! [Re: BladesNBarrels]
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yup, copperheads make for a challenge to hit the head and not the body. smile
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