buckshot164
Well I put me camo pants on which were very baggy.  I loaded up my pack with cams and batteries.  Off I went to put some cams out and check a few.  I took the dogs and they were everywhere.  So I walked about a mile to where I wanted to put a cam out but the grass was pretty high.  I got to a spot and put it out.  Well I was maybe 400 yards from a cam that has been out since December of 2014.  So off I went.  Well this area was logged 4 years ago and things got very thick.  I thought about turning around but I was  close to where it would thin out a little.  I was walking through the thick brush when something hit my pants bellow my knee.  I took another step and heard rattling.  I looked behind and there was a rattle snake just rattling and real pissed.  That darn thing struck at my pants and because they were baggy he bounced off.  Well there it is rattling and my dog was heading right for it.  I was able to stop him from coming any closer.  That rattler was pissed and would have struck him I am sure.  My other dog was ahead of me and here he comes.  I was able to stop both of them from getting to close to the rattle snake.  I was stuck I could not go back the path because the snake just would not move out of the way.  So I had to go around the rattle snake which was really thick and stuff laying on the ground.  I watched the rattle for about 5 minutes and it seemed it had a milky color to it.   I think it was getting ready to shed its skin.  I am not sure why he struck at me.  Did I step on him and I did not know it.  Did Gunner my dog agitate it so the second person through would get hit.  Was it getting ready to shed and it was aggressive.  I know this has never happened to me and now I am paranoid to check cams in the high weeds.  I was very lucky the snake never got through my pants.  Has this happened to anyone else.
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IroquoisArcher
Glad it turned out okay. I'm always nervous down in the mountains in the rock piles due to both them and the bears.
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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hydiseka
Glad you didn't get bit!  They do get aggresive when shedding and it is that time of the year.  They can't see as well so they strike anything that gets close
With sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine
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bigbassmann
Close call Charles and glad you didn't get bit, that could have turned out very bad.
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buckshot164
Yes it would have been bad since I was over mile back.  I have no idea if you can walk that far after being bit.
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cvsetter
glad everyone is ok,i usually don`t look for snakes but since we were talking a camfest i was looking in the laurel bushes monday evening,thanks woody. 
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treeslinger2
Whoa!
Being diabetic that would have been potentially disastrous.
Glad your good!!
Time is like a river.  You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will  never pass again.

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woody meristem
If you had to walk out you' almost certainly could have, but the pain would probably have been impressive. Problem is that many hospitals don't keep a supply of anti-venom on hand since it has a limited shelf life, is fairly expensive and they don't use it too often.

I had a friend who was bitten in the kneecap by a rattlesnake that was laying on a log (he hadn't seen it before it hit him). He never got medical treatment, just walked out of the woods and went home; he was OK eventually, but said his toes looked like cooked sausages for a while.

Another acquaintance was bitten in the ankle while he was fishing (he was in high school at the time), walked about a half mile to where he'd left his bicycle and rode the four miles to his house, then his mother took him to the doctor for anti-venom.

Those are the only two people I know who have been bitten who weren't messing with them.

So far I've stepped over two - that I know of - which I hadn't seen and neither struck at me.

Here's some good info - http://files.dnr.state.mn.us/natural_resources/animals/reptiles_amphibians/snakebites.pdf
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buckshot164
That was good info.  Thanks.  I have been around rattle snakes but this is the first one that struck at me and hit me.  I don`t mess with them either and that is why I did not try to kill it.  By messing with it I would be increasing my chance of something bad happening.  Being a diabetic and heart attack I do not want to get bitten. 
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Vonfoust
Wow that was close Charles.  Glad it worked out ok.  Hope I never have a 'checking the cams' story quite like that. 
When I look at the smiles on all the children's faces, I just know they're about to jab me with something.
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MnMoose
One or two full clips in a .45 should take care of that problem! 
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wmeixsell
Glad your OK Charles and you didnt get bit.
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hydiseka
That's why Jon wouldn't go with me to check my cams.  He was scared of the snakes
With sufficient thrust pigs fly just fine
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don
Had no idea PA was such a haven for rattlesnakes, you definitely were lucky and dodged the bullet by the sounds of things Charles.
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buckshot164
Got a pair of snake chaps.  I will be ready next year.[smile]  I am also getting a 22 revolver for Christmas.  Now all I need is bird shot.
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buck66
got to love the north land have bear but no darn snakes glad you are ok boss man
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IroquoisArcher
Don, PA has several different types of rattlers, would say mainly if divided into 4 sections would be middle 2. Coudersprt way they hold a yearly rattlesnate roundup/festival. Have some pics. and those guys are crazy. They have tube maybe 3" wide and 3'-4' long and catch the rattler and insert him headfirst into the clear plastic tube. They also have like a boxing ring and dump several different types (timber, cottonmouth, copperhead, etc.) into it and guys climb in and see who can catch them the fastest! About 50 miles from me outside Youngsville (near Warren) is the largest winter rattlesnake den east of the Mississippi (I set my bear and bobcat cams about 10 miles from it).
Charles the .22 shot shells now aren't as good as the old kind. Now they have a plastic cap end where old ones were crimped style. Buddy uses them to shoot black snakes, garden snakes in his woodpile. Gave him these and he said they were so much better (used to frog hunt with them).
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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buckshot164
Well I finally fixed the cam I was after that day of the rattling snake.  It was out for about 6 months in a hard place to get to.  A bear got into it shortly after putting it out.  he ripped apart the HPWA.  This caused moisture inside the cam for about 6 months.  The control board was shot because it was corroded beyond repair.  The batteries were corroded to and the holder was shot.  Since the camera was high in the case it was in good shape.  So I replaced the control board and HPWA.  Replaced the battery holder and fixed the camo.  Ready to go finally. 

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IroquoisArcher
Luckily when the bear bit off the hpwa on mine last year in 3 weeks it never got enough moisture in it to ruin anything. Spiders though loved it for building nests inside it.
Where's the wires to the on/off?
When you are in a difficult situation and wonder where God is; remember the Teacher is always quiet during the test.
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Buckhunter1
Glad your ok man, scary stuff. I'm in north eastern Pa an no rattle snakes around here. A few copper-heads but I'm about 10 mile north of rattle snake northern range here in Pa. A local fire company does a rattle snake round-up every summer also. After the events all snakes must be returned back to their home dens. Rattlesnakes are protected in Pa.

Charles you can get .357 in shot shells also if your looking for a little more fire-power. No question about effectiveness, just snake dust!
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