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Old 08-15-2018, 10:14 PM   #1
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I have to kill a rattle snake or two on my porch every year. I used a hoe and my father in-law tonight haha. I had my 12 gauge and 20 gauge but I don't like to use them on the porch. What would be the best guys or weapon. What do u guys use? Thanks in advance
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:18 PM   #2
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Why does my head hurt after reading this? I guess a shovel or hoe like you said. How did you use your father in law to kill a snake? Did you throw him at it?

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Old 08-15-2018, 10:20 PM   #3
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Last one I killed was with a set of loppers and cut his head off.




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Old 08-15-2018, 10:24 PM   #4
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I thought about getting a judge and some 9 shot 410.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:25 PM   #5
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I use a machete.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:26 PM   #6
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6’ sorting stick... or just be a man and stomp its head.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:29 PM   #7
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22 with snake shot
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:29 PM   #8
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:48 PM   #9
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Step on their head and cut it off....I've pulled their head off before but you gotta be careful. If you try that on dirt they can slip out from under your foot. Got scratched one time doing that.

A shovel or anything you can hit them with works though. Rope with a knot in it,chain,piece of pipe,2x4,ect.

If you ever use a chain don't get too crazy with it. You can drag them back to you.

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Old 08-15-2018, 10:53 PM   #10
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Old 08-15-2018, 11:29 PM   #11
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I stomped this copperhead a few weeks back. He thought it’d be cool to hang out in the shop with me. I was wearing Work boots.



A flat hoe is a handy tool for taking care of venomous snakes. The AMES Companies, Inc Union Tools 7-Inch Welded Sidewalk Scraper - 81103 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002N6EC..._t1pDBbGDF5JKB


Nonvenomous snakes just get relocated outside the shop. I catch a few rat snakes every year



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Old 08-15-2018, 11:35 PM   #12
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Heritage rough riser with 22wmr shot shells is what I have for snakes. Works like a charm plus they’re only around $200 so you don’t have to worry about having to take good care of it
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Old 08-16-2018, 12:32 AM   #13
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Get some rat shot in either 357 or 22, whichever pistol you have. I've used the 357 on a rattler. Sucker dropped immediately.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:18 AM   #14
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Friends wife got bit by a copperhead getting out of the car the other day. Opened the door to her car and her first step out she got hit. Put her down for about 4 days.


When I was about 12 my friend swung at a Rattler with a Machete . I blinked as he swung at it. The snake avoided the chop and turned 180 and was on the way out of there in that blink. They are faster they lead on. Killed a bunch since then...

I have always used the shotgun. The further the better.
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Old 08-16-2018, 01:34 AM   #15
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Seems like I've heard that the majority of snakebites occur when people are trying to kill them.
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Old 08-16-2018, 03:43 AM   #16
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Seems like I've heard that the majority of snakebites occur when people are trying to kill them.
You have. A high percentage of people that get bit are usually messing with them. But did you know your 9 times more likely to get hit by lightning than killed by a snake? I've read those statistics a bunch of times. If I might be killed by one someday I might as well read up on it.LOL
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Old 08-16-2018, 05:40 AM   #17
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“Whip it like a towel” lol

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Old 08-16-2018, 06:24 AM   #18
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Cut that rattles head off, gut and skin and fry him up. Good eatin
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Old 08-16-2018, 06:29 AM   #19
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“Whip it like a towel” lol

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This is my first option.

You said he is on your porch. I don't want to shoot my porch, so I would remove it with snake tongs and then chop it with a machete.
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:44 AM   #20
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22 with snake shot
this is plenty but make sure your shooting at an angle away from the house!
9mm snake shot would be my 2nd choice if I was going to use a gun.....

410 is way to much on a porch!!!!!!!!

we used to just use a long limber branch about 1-2" in diameter and beat them,,, killed hundreds of snakes that way when I was a kid, a lot more fun too!
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:02 AM   #21
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Most of the time, I just walk around. If they are in a bad place and need to be killed, like where kids are around, whatever stick like thing that's handy.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:04 AM   #22
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here is a how to video...

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Old 08-16-2018, 08:49 PM   #23
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I dusted a copperhead on the back porch with .22 shotshell

When I looked later I couldn't see a mark on the concrete
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:51 PM   #24
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Cotton hoe
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:55 PM   #25
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Whatever I get my hands on first
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Old 08-16-2018, 08:56 PM   #26
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300 win mag with a 5-25 optic of your choosing!
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:10 PM   #27
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I hunted the snakiest place in Texas. Saw all the bad ones and would not spend a night on the property to save my life.
Carried a machete the 4 years we had the place....
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Old 08-16-2018, 09:11 PM   #28
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I stomped this copperhead a few weeks back. He thought it’d be cool to hang out in the shop with me. I was wearing Work boots.



A flat hoe is a handy tool for taking care of venomous snakes. The AMES Companies, Inc Union Tools 7-Inch Welded Sidewalk Scraper - 81103 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00002N6EC..._t1pDBbGDF5JKB


Nonvenomous snakes just get relocated outside the shop. I catch a few rat snakes every year



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I used to do that with water moccasins all the time. People thought I was a bit nuts. But where I grew up, we found moccasins all the time, usually when you did not have anything to kill them with. For a while there many of them got away, because I was running around trying to find something to kill them with. Then I came up the idea of just stomping their heads into the ground. It worked. I think it worked, because they never expected it. I would not try it with a coiled rattler, but with copper head or a moccasin, that just lays there with the mouth open wide hissing, it worked pretty good.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:03 PM   #29
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Most of the time, I just walk around. If they are in a bad place and need to be killed, like where kids are around, whatever stick like thing that's handy.
Pretty much what I do, I've had enough visits from the authorities over firearms being discharged in the city limits. Trust me they have no sense of humor about defending the public from skunks and snakes either.
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Old 08-16-2018, 11:32 PM   #30
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I typically dispatch them with a shovel, snake shot, or a ditch bank blade.
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Old 08-17-2018, 12:56 AM   #31
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I typically dispatch them with a shovel, snake shot, or a ditch bank blade.
Now a ditch bank blade would definitely do the job!

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Old 08-17-2018, 08:37 AM   #32
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I think the snaked laughed itself to death when it saw Jean Claude's mullet. .
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:54 AM   #33
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My son made fun of my wife for using high brass 12ga. to shoot a rattler on our driveway. One other time we were riding around the ranch and spotted a rattler. I jumped out and was looking at it and I asked her if there was anything in the jeep I could kill it with and she said there was a hammer. I asked her if there was anything with a longer handle.
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:02 AM   #34
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Carried a machete the 4 years we had the place....
What area was this?
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:14 AM   #35
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North Harris county. We leased 200 acres of swamp / woods.
Copper heads
Moccasins
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Timber Rattlers
Coral

Dangerous place an hour before dawn...............
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:23 AM   #36
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I prefer a flat-bladed shovel.
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Old 08-17-2018, 09:20 PM   #37
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Hoe is good.
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:45 PM   #38
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6.5 Creedmoor is probably the best since we're posting on the gun part.
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Old 08-18-2018, 03:54 AM   #39
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Best snake killer there is right here. Put a razor edge on it and use the long handle to keep you clear of his strike. Surveyors and loggers swear by them.

I've seen them sold at Home Depot and/or Lowes as well.
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:02 PM   #40
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Best snake killer there is right here. Put a razor edge on it and use the long handle to keep you clear of his strike. Surveyors and loggers swear by them.

I've seen them sold at Home Depot and/or Lowes as well.
Good call. It would be tough on a wooden deck.
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Old 08-18-2018, 11:39 PM   #41
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Good call. It would be tough on a wooden deck.
Not necessarily any worse than a hoe or shovel where you are "chopping." In fact, if you put an edge on this tool you can pin him down behind the head with the blade. Then just drag that blade toward you and watch his head come off....trust me.

It's a great snake killer to keep handy when you're in the yard.
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Old 08-19-2018, 01:26 AM   #42
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Just whatever I have handy. A stick, shovel, hole, brick. Last night, the copper head my dog found in the back yard met his demise with a piece of electrical conduit. Just pinned his head down with the tip and pressed it into the ground. All in one motion, the pressure removed the head and pushed it down into the ground. I then took the body and tossed it out over the back fence.
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Old 08-19-2018, 05:16 PM   #43
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I think the snaked laughed itself to death when it saw Jean Claude's mullet. .
lol thats a good one
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:02 PM   #44
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The hoe seems to be working
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Old 08-20-2018, 09:10 PM   #45
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Ninja stars man...ninja stars. Yes, I killed a rattlesnake with a star when I was a kid. These days, if I’m wearing boots, I’ll stomp a copperhead or small water Mocs. No way would I ever stomp a large rattler.
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Old 08-22-2018, 05:21 AM   #46
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I used a hoe and my father in-law tonight haha.
Don’t talk about your mother in-law that way!
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Old 08-23-2018, 06:32 PM   #47
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12 gauge shotgun with 7 1/2 shot and full choke. I ain't gittin close to those b#@$&#$ if I can help it.
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Old 08-23-2018, 06:55 PM   #48
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This is what I use.
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Old 08-23-2018, 08:01 PM   #49
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A flat hoe? Shouldn't cost much...
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Old 08-24-2018, 12:48 PM   #50
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Do not attempt to use a weedeater to cut it's head off. You can end up with a mad rattler wrapped around your leg and also some dirty underwear.
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