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okieboy 07-04-2013 09:10 PM

boots to prevent snakebites?
 
Alright so I'm moving to OK as we speak. I'm gonna be on the family farm clearing out brush and such and apparently we have a snake problem. Specifically rattlers. So two parts to my question. 1. Obviously shoot first will be my response to snakes I see. However what would be the best type of firearm to carry? 2. I know nothing about leather boots. While I understand nothing is 100% snake proof can somebody recommend something that will give me a chance to prevent snakebites?

Gatoragn 07-04-2013 09:19 PM

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c3shooter 07-04-2013 09:26 PM

Rule 1. Leave the snakes alone.
Rule 2. Leave the snakes alone.


90% of the people that get snakebit were trying to screw around with a snake. They cannot punch you in the mouth. Biting, hiding, and trying to get away are all they have.

The other 10% did not watch where they were stepping or reaching.

Rubber wellingtons- knee high variety- with your jeans pulled down over them- will work about as well as anything.

And see Rule 1.

okieboy 07-04-2013 09:30 PM

I plan on obeying rule 1 at all times. However apparently the fu%&ERS can get in trees now! My cousin was almost bit when sitting under an oak. I just want to be as prepared as possible while working on the farm. I'm not some snake hunter. I hate snakes. I just want to protect myself as best as possible.

Threetango 07-04-2013 09:59 PM

Just about any firearm ( pistol from 22 to 45) Shotguns 410 to 10 ga) with birdshot cartridges/shells will take care of most snakes with the exception of pythons/Anacondas (Floridians). I have a Taurus Judge w/410 and 45 LC that I carry in snake country.

Txhillbilly 07-04-2013 10:38 PM

If you don't want to spend $100 + on a good pair of snake boots,you can buy Leggings that go around your legs. They work just as good as the boots,and you can wear your favorite working shoes with them.
I rarely ever kill any snake unless it's necessary to keep from being bit. I carry an old golf putter that I bought at a pawn shop,and if I come across one out in the field,I'll use it to keep the snake safely away from me. They will gladly leave the area once they are discovered,and do more good alive than dead.

okieboy 07-05-2013 12:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Txhillbilly (Post 1294975)
If you don't want to spend $100 + on a good pair of snake boots,you can buy Leggings that go around your legs. They work just as good as the boots,and you can wear your favorite working shoes with them.
I rarely ever kill any snake unless it's necessary to keep from being bit. I carry an old golf putter that I bought at a pawn shop,and if I come across one out in the field,I'll use it to keep the snake safely away from me. They will gladly leave the area once they are discovered,and do more good alive than dead.

Part of my concern is that there is an area of the farm I'm turning into a personal range and will eventually have guests on. I agree with just keeping snakes away however I don't want them ever coming back and endangering anybody. Will they stay away after being scared off?

jpattersonnh 07-05-2013 01:10 AM

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Originally Posted by Gunsmith91 (Post 1295052)
Part of my concern is that there is an area of the farm I'm turning into a personal range and will eventually have guests on. I agree with just keeping snakes away however I don't want them ever coming back and endangering anybody. Will they stay away after being scared off?

They are there because of food. Take away the food, no more snakes.

c3shooter 07-05-2013 01:11 AM

Ummm- no. That is where they come to eat. And impress lady snakes.

Dearhunter 07-05-2013 01:19 AM

There is no shortage of snakes!! If you are going to have guest or kids on the farm, then kill the suckers whenever you see them. I only kill the venomous kind. Get a good pair of boots, plus some snake chaps that fit up to at least the knees. Carry a pistol with snake shot.


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