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    Default Rattlesnake Hunting

    I am getting a rattlesnake permit for this season, does anyone know of any public land that has a good population of rattlesnake? Any tips or advice on hunting them would also be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by StonewallRabbitry View Post
    ... Any tips or advice on hunting them would also be appreciated.
    Don't get bitten.
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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    Wear high, thick leather boots. You can come up on them without knowing in tall grass, and brush. A buddy of mine had a vacation home/hunting property in Clinton County, and we'd see a lot of them in the summer. Some were very big.

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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    FWIW- According to the application:

    http://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/...e_venomous.pdf

    Permittee may only take, kill or possess timber rattlesnakes at least 42 inches in length, which have 21
    or more subcaudal scales (see below instructions for determining the length and subcaudal count)
    I've watched as folks capture the snakes and put them in a clear tube so measurements and scales can be counted. You just can't kill a snake that you find and hope it meets the minimum requirements.

    That dissuaded me from ever going snake hunting.

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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    Quote Originally Posted by ExFlyinguy View Post
    FWIW- According to the application:

    http://www.fishandboat.com/Transact/...e_venomous.pdf



    I've watched as folks capture the snakes and put them in a clear tube so measurements and scales can be counted. You just can't kill a snake that you find and hope it meets the minimum requirements.

    That dissuaded me from ever going snake hunting.
    Yes they have to be over 42 inches and you count the scales to determin the sex, only males can be taken.

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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    And when you BEND over to grab the snake by its rattle be sure that no Alabama Black Snakes are around !

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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    Used to be a few rattlesnake roundups in the north central part of the state in June. Cross Fork and Sinnemahoning are a couple I've been to as a spectator years ago. Don't even know if they still do it. The hunters were very open and seemed to enjoy talking about their craft. May be others around the state.
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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    I've been watching Pennsylvania Outdoors on WNEP last week show was on the rattlesnake hunt
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    Default Re: Rattlesnake Hunting

    I have never hunted rattle snakes, but have seen, and avoided them! I would imagine that rattle snake hunters carry anti venom? Anyone know?

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