Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Around the Campfire
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-03-2018, 06:28 AM   #1
.270
Ten Point
 
.270's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Texas
Hunt In: Hill Country
Default Freer: Rattlesnake Handler Bit

"I'll be ready for next year".

http://www.alicetx.com/news/20180502...ttlesnake-bite

A 21-year-old Freer man is recovering from a rattlesnake bite, and doctors are crediting the quick thinking of his father for saving his thumb after the bite.

Snake handler Eugene De Leon was preparing rattlesnakes in a pit for the snake show at the Freer Rattlesnake Round-Up Friday night when he was bitten by a two-foot long rattlesnake on the inside of his left thumb.

A veteran snake-handler, De Leon and his father, Eugene De Leon Sr., make up Snake Busters Snake Handlers in Freer. Every year, they catch and sell countless snakes. Snake Busters is also a supplier of rattlesnake meat for the Round-Up. They are also contributors to the Rattlesnake Round-Upís famous snake show.

The younger De Leon said he was in the showís snake pit and was attempting to move a snake. He used his hook to hold down the head, but when he reached down to grab its tail, a smaller snake curled up behind his boot struck him.

Smaller juvenile rattlesnakes, like the one that bit him, are thought of as being more dangerous because they often release more venom during a bite compared to mature snakes. So, immediately after the bite, De Leonís father grabbed his sonís thumb and pull down in attempt to flush out as much venom as possible. The pulling caused blood and some of the yellowish venom to exit the wound before he was rushed to CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital in Alice.

De Leon was treated with 12 doses of antivenom, but he feared because of the swelling and bleeding that his thumb would be amputated. Doctors told them that his fatherís quick actions to remove as much of the venom as possible immediately after the bite likely saved his thumb.

ďIt hurt a lot, but Iím doing better now,Ē De Leon said. ďA lot of the swelling on my hand, my thumb and my arm has gone down. Iíll be ready for next year. Snake hunting is a lot of fun. Just donít get them mad.Ē
.270 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 06:39 AM   #2
Bowtech38
Ten Point
 
Bowtech38's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Belton
Default

Glad is ok
Bowtech38 is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 06:48 AM   #3
AntlerCollector
Pope & Young
 
AntlerCollector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Hunt In: Votaw, Hardin/Polk Co., TX. Bon Weir, Newton Co., El Dorado, Schleicher Co., TX.
Default

Good on the dad. That's a risky line of work
AntlerCollector is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 06:50 AM   #4
Traildust
Pope & Young
 
Traildust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alvin, Texas
Hunt In: The Red Dirt Area In Doss, Texas!
Default

Wow....what are the odds?












Traildust is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 06:51 AM   #5
El Coop
Eight Point
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Default

You play stupid games you win stupid prizes.
El Coop is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 06:52 AM   #6
Pedernal
Pope & Young
 
Pedernal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Del Rio
Hunt In: Amistad
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by AntlerCollector View Post
Good on the dad. That's a risky line of work
^^^X2^^^

When you play with fire you are going to get burned. At least, the dad had some idea on what to do after the bite.
Pedernal is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 06:56 AM   #7
postman
Ten Point
 
postman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Victoria
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by El Coop View Post
You play stupid games you win stupid prizes.
This !
postman is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 06:57 AM   #8
Outlaw_6
Ten Point
 
Outlaw_6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: DFW Area
Hunt In: LA and "The H"
Default

There are two types of snake handlers; those that have been bit and those going to be bit.
Outlaw_6 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 07:00 AM   #9
okrattler
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oklahoma Panhandle
Hunt In: Oklahoma
Default

He seems pretty confident about getting back in the snake pit. He must not have got the doctor bill yet. If the snake bite don't kill you the coronary you have when you open that envelope up will.
okrattler is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 07:28 AM   #10
mjhaverkamp
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Southlake, Texas
Hunt In: Cooke, Wilbarger, Foard Counties
Default

Kinda like playing russian roulette.
mjhaverkamp is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 07:51 AM   #11
Palmetto
Ten Point
 
Palmetto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Brazoria County
Hunt In: Rocksprings, Old Ocean
Default

Chingas-Domingas! ......... I wouldn't even get in a snake pit with a dead snake!
Palmetto is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 07:54 AM   #12
Texas Tracker
Pope & Young
 
Texas Tracker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Wimberley Texas/Hunt every place I can!
Default

His father milked some of the venom out and then went to the hospital. So my question is do the suction devises help or not? I was always told it was a waste of time and just get to the hospital as fast as you can.
Texas Tracker is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 07:56 AM   #13
Skinny
Pope & Young
 
Skinny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Forestburg,Tx
Hunt In: Montague County
Default Freer: Rattlesnake Handler Bit

Good thing it didnít bite him on his wiener


Skinny
Skinny is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 08:06 AM   #14
DRT
Pope & Young
 
DRT's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Fort Worth, Tx
Hunt In: Jones and San Saba Counties and Missouri
Default

Handling snakes is easy with proper precautions. I do it all the time. Their situation, in a pit with large numbers of snakes, that's a whole other set of dangers.

Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
DRT is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 08:58 AM   #15
Double-O-Dave
Eight Point
 
Double-O-Dave's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Location: Austin, TX
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas Tracker View Post
His father milked some of the venom out and then went to the hospital. So my question is do the suction devises help or not? I was always told it was a waste of time and just get to the hospital as fast as you can.
In my opinion, the answer is "it depends". I was an ER Nurse for about 16 years and saw a boat load of victims of snake bites from rattlesnakes, copperheads, and water moccasins. I saw more than just a few who suffered unnecessarily from well meaning onlookers who tried to cut and extract (i.e. suck) the venom from the bites, and I saw victims who had their treatment delayed because they had to go and find ice, or a tourniquet or a, well, you get the idea - to apply to the snake bite. I've always tried to tell people that if they are bitten, make sure the threat is no longer present - I've seen onlookers get bitten because they tried to kill the snake, try to keep the victim calm, and transport immediately to a health care facility. My rule of thumb has been if you are within an hour of getting them to a health care provider, then don't worry about first aid and just get the victim to help as quickly and safely as possible. Beyond an hour - well, then it could get very interesting.

Regards,

Dave
Double-O-Dave is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 09:19 AM   #16
bboswell
Pope & Young
 
bboswell's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Montgomery County
Hunt In: Where ever I can
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas Tracker View Post
His father milked some of the venom out and then went to the hospital. So my question is do the suction devises help or not? I was always told it was a waste of time and just get to the hospital as fast as you can.


Iím no expert but it makes sense that preventing a portion of the venom from going into the system would be beneficial.

But as Dave points out, donít waste travel time trying to extract venom.
bboswell is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 09:45 AM   #17
okrattler
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oklahoma Panhandle
Hunt In: Oklahoma
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skinny View Post
Good thing it didnít bite him on his wiener


Skinny
If that were to happen to me step one would be,take a picture. Second step....send mass text. People would be way impressed.
okrattler is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 10:03 AM   #18
Skinny
Pope & Young
 
Skinny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Forestburg,Tx
Hunt In: Montague County
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by okrattler View Post
If that were to happen to me step one would be,take a picture. Second step....send mass text. People would be way impressed.


Picture of the milking part?


Skinny
Skinny is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 10:05 AM   #19
Traildust
Pope & Young
 
Traildust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Alvin, Texas
Hunt In: The Red Dirt Area In Doss, Texas!
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Double-O-Dave View Post
In my opinion, the answer is "it depends". I was an ER Nurse for about 16 years and saw a boat load of victims of snake bites from rattlesnakes, copperheads, and water moccasins. I saw more than just a few who suffered unnecessarily from well meaning onlookers who tried to cut and extract (i.e. suck) the venom from the bites, and I saw victims who had their treatment delayed because they had to go and find ice, or a tourniquet or a, well, you get the idea - to apply to the snake bite. I've always tried to tell people that if they are bitten, make sure the threat is no longer present - I've seen onlookers get bitten because they tried to kill the snake, try to keep the victim calm, and transport immediately to a health care facility. My rule of thumb has been if you are within an hour of getting them to a health care provider, then don't worry about first aid and just get the victim to help as quickly and safely as possible. Beyond an hour - well, then it could get very interesting.

Regards,

Dave
What area did you see this boatload of snake bite victims? I'd like to know because I don't care to be around that many stupid people.
Traildust is online now   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 10:12 AM   #20
deerwatcher51
Ten Point
 
deerwatcher51's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Brenham & Richland Springs
Hunt In: Richland Springs & Washington on the Brazos
Default

Takes a special kind of crazy to get in and amongst them.
deerwatcher51 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 05-03-2018, 10:12 AM   #21
okrattler
Pope & Young
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Oklahoma Panhandle
Hunt In: Oklahoma
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Skinny View Post
Picture of the milking part?


Skinny
The swelling part.LOL
okrattler is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com