|Smile!! The author at a very young age of 19!|
I drug up some twenty year old pictures of me and some of my friendsssss. My hometown was once the home of the Rattlesnake Round-up. In fact the round-up lasted for about 25 years before strong pressure from environmentalist made the decision an easy one and the Rattlesnake round-up was turned into the Wild Chicken Festival about 10 years ago. (Fitzgerald has Wild Chickens running around its downtown, but that is another post for another day!) About the time the DEDH was making comments about our local wildlife, the hunting crazy chick at "Hunt Like You Are Hungry" was asking what to do after duck season ends. I was reminded what we use to do during the time between deer/duck season and turkey season. We hunted Rattlesnakes!!
No, I am not a complete red-neck! This was actually kind of fun and very profitable. At one time, live rattlesnakes were bringing $10 a foot. All you had to do was find the snake, get over your fear of handling him and sell him at the local round-up. A 4 foot snake made you $40. If you had ten of them, you just made yourself $400. It was easy money, because as you can probably figure out, there was not that many of us doing this!!
I haven't hunted a Rattlesnake in the last 15 years, but I really do miss the fun that we use to have. The round-up is no more, but people around here still talk about it. All of my friends went hunting with me at least once. Some of them will say that they went twice. There first and last! But most of the time it was just me and Daddy! That may have been what I liked the most!
|Who could be scared of this cute little thing??|
So DEDH, I'm going to say that I will leave that 10 below stuff for you to play in, because these dangerous little guys sure have supplied me with some great hunting memories! When you want to warm up a little, your invitation is always open to visit South Georgia and I will be glad to guide you on a little snake hunting venture of your own! :) Hope to see you soon bud!!