boots to prevent snakebites?

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by okieboy, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. okieboy

    okieboy New Member

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    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?
     

  2. c3shooter

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    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.
     
  3. okieboy

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    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.
     
  4. Threetango

    Threetango Audentes Fortuna Iuvat Supporter

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    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.
     
  5. Txhillbilly

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    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.
     
  6. okieboy

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    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?
     
  7. jpattersonnh

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    They are there because of food. Take away the food, no more snakes.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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

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    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.
     
  10. readygirl

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    Just make alot of noise, step on top of logs, rocks, etc and look before stepping over. That what we were taught as kids . Snakes were everywhere, including under the house....They dont want to deal with you, any more than you do them.
     
  11. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I guess none of you have heard of Mojave Greens. They are aggressive.
     
  12. Missouribound

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    I wear snake boots when I turkey hunt in the spring so I can tuck my pant legs into them to help deter ticks. Ticks/Lyme disease worry me more than snacks.
     
  15. okieboy

    okieboy New Member

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    Missouribound I am quite aware of what snakes are in my area. I'm talking about rattlesnakes which when I last checked are quite venomous.
     
  16. okieboy

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    And your damn straight I have a fear of snakes. After stumbling into a copperheads nest as a kid I have NEVER liked snakes.
     
  17. okieboy

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    I only sorry about snacks when I'm watching my weight ;)
     
  18. spottedpony

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    you'll always need to watch for snakes but for a range area you want it clean anyway, mow it off short, and let roundup or a good soil sterilant be your friend. It wont keep the snakes away but they will be easy to spot on bare ground.
     
  19. Dearhunter

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