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Old 06-23-2014, 05:08 AM   #1
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Got a question for you’all – ok I live outside the city limits but in a residential type area (1-acre lots), which consist of a fairly nice housing community. We have several ponds in the area and the one adjacent to my house is getting a goodly amount of water moccasins / cottonmouths, whichever you know them by. It is also the most popular pond that all the kids play in and around, including my 12-year-old boy and my 2-year-old grandson, which I am always with, but still a little un-nerving.

I think I would like to start shooting the with my .22 S&W wheel loaded with snake charmers – should I just start doing it and explain to anyone who asks and hope word gets around or should I notify the neighbors of my intentions first?

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Old 06-23-2014, 05:15 AM   #2
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If you intend to hunt snakes on community property, you should get consent from the community.



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If you intend to hunt snakes on community property, you should get consent from the community.



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I ain't hunting them - planning on just kill'n 'em! - point taken - 1 in favor of notification.
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I would check with the local LEA before shooting anything.

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Probably not as much fun.....but why dont you just chop their head off with a shovel..? Thats what Dad used to do when he found them down at the creek / drain tunnel.

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Probably not as much fun.....but why dont you just chop their head off with a shovel..?
That only works on land, and takes a lot of the fun out of it.



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It is far easier to trap snakes than to shoot them. I am guessing at this figure. I would say I average catching 9 snakes a year on my property. I have already caught 3 snakes this spring. Yet, I saw a blacksnake in the flowerbed in my front yard last week. It appears that there is a never ending supply of snakes in this area.

I make my snake traps out of deer mesh. I cut a 3 or 4 foot piece of deer mesh. Then I wad it up like a pile of leaves in an area where snakes are likely to travel. Around a pond there are a lot of holes dug by other animals. If the ground around the hole is wore like something is going in and out of it but there are no tracks you have just spotted a snake den. Put a trap right there.

Here is the deer mesh I use. Check you traps daily. A trapped snake is hyper aggressive and a big threat to curious children. Plus you get a chance to spot a snake to shoot while checking your traps.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Easy-Gardener-7-ft-x-100-ft-DeerBlock-Protective-Mesh-6050/100328622

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A trapped snake is hyper aggressive and a big threat to curious children.
A dead snake is less threatening.


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I would check with the local LEA before shooting anything.
Although we are not in city limits, one of my neighbors is a city cop. I did plan on visiting with him first regardless.
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Probably not as much fun.....but why dont you just chop their head off with a shovel..? Thats what Dad used to do when he found them down at the creek / drain tunnel.
Done some of that, but them boogers end up with too high of an escape rate.
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