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Old 07-17-2017, 02:38 PM   #1
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cant decide what to do. Part of me does not want to elevate but the other part is worried about finding a snake in my blind.
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Who has found a snake in the blind?
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Should I not even worry?
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:40 PM   #2
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Maybe I'm just lucky but I've left mine out year round and never found a snake in mine.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:40 PM   #3
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I don't worry about it, but won't go so far as to say I haven't thought about it, especially in south Texas. I just shine my light around real good in the mornings before I get in, then check the floor every once in while during the hunt. I also don't reach down to pick anything up off the ground that I have laying by me without looking around real good first.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:40 PM   #4
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I had a copper head crawl in. Came in under the chair and between my feet from behind. I beat him and the blind to death with the chair.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:55 PM   #5
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I have been in west tx for awhile now, so far no problems but i am beginning to think the odds are stacking up against me. I built some short elevated stands about 3' off the ground and put plywood with tie downs for the popup. They are a *&^%$ to move when you want another setup, but it feels a little better being off the ground.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:02 PM   #6
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cant decide what to do. Part of me does not want to elevate but the other part is worried about finding a snake in my blind.
Suggestions?
Who has found a snake in the blind?
or
Should I not even worry?
I always scan the ground inside the blind with a flashlight before getting in. However, one cool morning after sitting there for about and hour I saw a copperhead hidden in the leaves in the corner of the blind. Ever since then I started pitching the blind on top of a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet. That makes it much easier to see if anything has taken up residence.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:18 PM   #7
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I used to hunt out of double bull pop ups. Snakes, scorpions and spiders were just part of the deal. The mice would get in it and the snakes would follow. I switched to Krivoman blinds and have not had anything get in since. We tried snake away and everything else we could think of with the pop ups. We leave ours in place most of the year because we also hunt exotics and hogs. Wish I had video of fighting a copperhead with an arrow in my popup.

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Old 07-17-2017, 03:38 PM   #8
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I have always worried about this because I always put mine on the ground. I was told that if you put rocks or something on the flaps on the bottom that I wouldn't have to worry about snakes getting in. Don't know if it works but I always try to put as much on the flaps as possible.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:39 PM   #9
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No snakes but always check it out good before I settle in. Always have spiders though so I left some of the Windows (flaps) open last time I was there hoping that more light in it would help keep from attracting them. Did leave the webbing up though. This is a big concern but I don't think you can beat a pop up for bowhunting.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:41 PM   #10
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I always worried about it too. So far I've been lucky.


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Old 07-17-2017, 03:45 PM   #11
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I found a rattle snake in my blind, after the rats took it over. We took a couple pallets for each blind and two sheets of plywood and made a small base, cheap and so far has kept the rats out of the blinds. They are probably under the pallet, but they ain't in the blind so I don't care.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:51 PM   #12
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I personally have been very lucky as far as snakes go, but have had my share of scorpions out west. They like those little pockets sewn into the sides for small item storage and they get into the nylon pockets were the carbon rods are in the corners.

A buddy of mine put his out near the Trinity River a couple years ago, crawled in it next morning. It was cool, not old. As daylight began to break where he could see the ground, he found 2 baby copperheads and a juvenile moccasin in the leaves beside his feet. He text'd me a pic and told me he found a copperhead in his blind. It sent him a text back and told him, "man you need to learn to identify your snakes better that's a juvenile moccasin! Later on, I looked at the pic a little closer and zoomed in on it and there WAS a copperhead AND a moccasin! He had not seen the moccasin until I text'd him back!! He killed all three by stabbing them with an arra. I told him he was braver than me! I'd have blown up the whole blind getting out of there and likely got bit. I HATE SNAKES, especially the ones I cannot see and i know that they are there.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:51 PM   #13
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I'm always worried about snakes and other creatures coming into my popups so I always build a small stand to place them on. I usually build them 2-3' high with extra materials I have lying around.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:57 PM   #14
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No snakes or wasps, but I have a few toads that get in the blind sometimes.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:59 PM   #15
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I have always worried about this because I always put mine on the ground. I was told that if you put rocks or something on the flaps on the bottom that I wouldn't have to worry about snakes getting in. Don't know if it works but I always try to put as much on the flaps as possible.
Before we bought our Krivoman a couple years ago we used pop-ups and never had an issue with snakes. We had indoor/outdoor carpet on the ground and then did like you said and piled dirt/sand all around the bottom edge of the blind.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:00 PM   #16
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They make'em with floors...I know 2 different peps who have had Rattlers in theirs.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:04 PM   #17
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No snakes or wasps, but I have a few toads that get in the blind sometimes.
I can see where a toad frog bouncing off the calf of one's leg in the dark could jump start one's imagination about snakes....and might cause someone to stab themselves in the leg with an arrow...
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:07 PM   #18
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kill the odds against you... elevate even if only 2 feet...
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:08 PM   #19
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see how fast you can pop out of a goose pit when you find a rattlesnake......
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:28 PM   #20
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No snakes yet. I did have to persuade a skunk to leave one of mine last year. It still has plenty of cover scent left.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:31 PM   #21
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Elevated platforms for pop ups (not using anymore), A Krivoman, a fiberglass water tank blind and 2 Mavericks! I hate snakes and ain't taking chances!
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:50 PM   #22
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I had a copper head crawl in. Came in under the chair and between my feet from behind. I beat him and the blind to death with the chair.
That wasn't enough ! I would have emptied my Shield on him after I beat him to death !

I ain't scared of snakes........as long as they aren't next to me.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:55 PM   #23
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I've had a copperhead poke his head in through the bottom before. Nothing makes you wish you could shoot a bow accurately at 6 inches.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:32 AM   #24
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I have been in west tx for awhile now, so far no problems but i am beginning to think the odds are stacking up against me. I built some short elevated stands about 3' off the ground and put plywood with tie downs for the popup. They are a *&^%$ to move when you want another setup, but it feels a little better being off the ground.
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I found a rattle snake in my blind, after the rats took it over. We took a couple pallets for each blind and two sheets of plywood and made a small base, cheap and so far has kept the rats out of the blinds. They are probably under the pallet, but they ain't in the blind so I don't care.
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I'm always worried about snakes and other creatures coming into my popups so I always build a small stand to place them on. I usually build them 2-3' high with extra materials I have lying around.
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Elevated platforms for pop ups (not using anymore), A Krivoman, a fiberglass water tank blind and 2 Mavericks! I hate snakes and ain't taking chances!
What would be a quick easy solution to elevation when hunting public land? Not allowed to use ATVs and try to hunt spots that you cannot drive to because it makes it easy for others to find your spots. This is why I have always set mine on the ground.
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Old 07-18-2017, 08:48 AM   #25
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Ameristep makes a blind with a floor that zips in. I put plastic down first then the blind on top of it. Keeps the creatures out. Put some indoor/outdoor carpet in the blind and you are good. Only thing bad about the blind is if it rains it lets water in thru the windows. The blind stays out year round and in Kinney county with the heat it might only last a year. I'm in it from deer season, thru spring turkey season and hunting axis in the summer. I keep a pair of crocs & usb fans in the blind in a plastic ammo box and a sheet of plastic if the floor is wet. It's nice to climb into a popup and take your boots off in the summertime. For axis I'm normally in the blind at least an hour before sunrise so laying on the floor before shooting time helps me to stay in the blind longer into the day (especially with a bad back). Its nice laying on the floor and not wondering if something will come in crawling by your head. Would like to upgrade to a plastic blind but think they will probably be hotter in the summertime.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:01 AM   #26
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Opening day last year. It was making its way into my backpack.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:03 AM   #27
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Never in a soft pop-up
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:14 AM   #28
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Put your pop-up on a platform and you won't have to worry about them. I put lag bolts in at the corners and then a few screws in along the side flaps. Then I sandwiched the side flaps between two 1x1's and screwed them to the platform. Nothing bigger than 1mm could get in through the bottom. Piece of mind.....
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:17 AM   #29
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You need to talk to M.E.B., he's the expert.....
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:18 AM   #30
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Yes, multiple snake encounters over the years.
But nothing is quieter than a dirt floor.

Krivo's have a lip that can be sunk below ground to keep snakes out.

Sitting out all year, my Krivo on the ground looks like a haunted house with the spider webs.
Last year for end of summer cleanout, I killed 7 Brown Recluse spiders on my plastic chair and milk crate. There was also a black widow on the ground.
Had to fumigate.
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Old 07-18-2017, 09:39 AM   #31
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Never any snakes or spiders, but I only leave mine out from July through November. Just for bow hunting. I always check before climbing in. Its always on my mind. Especially in South Texas.
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:05 AM   #32
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In over 30 years hunting from various ground blinds I have never had a snake in one. Seems snakes only target people that are skeerd and scream like a girl when they see one.

Now yellow jackets are a whole different story.
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Old 07-18-2017, 10:42 AM   #33
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Never found any snakes in mine but lots of black widows and scorpions. Since momma started hunting we have switch over to Maverick blinds on short platforms.
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:04 AM   #34
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Had a corral snake in one a few years ago and 1 other copperhead. Just flipped him outside and commenced to hunting.
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:25 AM   #35
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Old 07-18-2017, 11:57 AM   #36
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I always scan the ground inside the blind with a flashlight before getting in. However, one cool morning after sitting there for about and hour I saw a copperhead hidden in the leaves in the corner of the blind. Ever since then I started pitching the blind on top of a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet. That makes it much easier to see if anything has taken up residence.
I like that idea. I have never had one crawl in a blind with me.

However, I have been stung by a hornet that got in my blind. I never put my hand where I can't see anymore, even if it is high, like mine was.
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:04 PM   #37
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we put out 4 in Callahan county each year around labor day and take up before rifle opener. 3 years ago had rattlers in 3 of the 4 when we went to take them up. I guess the dark interior of a double bull makes a nice cozy den. at the first one I holler "snake!!!" to my buddy back at the truck and he comes running up with a bottle of wasp spray. not sure what he heard me yell but my expression of disgust got my point across
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:17 PM   #38
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This coming season will be our 3rd on our lease out by Brady. Last year we added 2 box blinds. I haven't seen a snake yet. Last year landowner says him and his son kilt 4 rattlers, 1 of which was by out camper.

I did hear some scratching on the outside of blind one afternoon. Kinda freaked me out, I was napping, I wasn't sure what it was. Ended up being a BIG ol rat. I didn't have anything ready to hand to dispatch my visitor. I looked up just before grabbing an arrow to slay the beast and saw 3-4 deer under the feeder. He got close to my boot so in went to kick it, he squeaked and took off running. Deer turned and looked right at me, watched me for a bit than went back to eating. Screen was up, I had on long sleeve camo shirt and a camo face mask. Not sure if they saw me. I've since switched to black shirt and face mask when I hunt pop ups.
Buddy says it's over kill. I'm ok with it.

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Old 07-18-2017, 12:34 PM   #39
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I don't do pop ups anymore. Opening day of bow season 2012 (my first bow opener) I crawled in and met face to face with Mr.Rattle snake. Emptied a clip out of my M&P and ruined my hunt but by god that snake was dead. The next weekend I came back with a tripod and have been using one ever since. No snakes for me.
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Old 07-18-2017, 12:59 PM   #40
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I let them hang out with me.
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Old 07-18-2017, 02:10 PM   #41
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Not yet, but this week I built a 2 foot tall elevated platform.
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Old 07-18-2017, 02:20 PM   #42
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I have a piece of 7x7 green carpet that I got at the home depot for a few bucks. Won't stop anything that wants to come in from coming in, but makes the floor very clean and easy to scan before entering the blind in the dark.
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Old 07-18-2017, 02:25 PM   #43
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I put light colored carpet in mine so I can ck prior to entry and have never had a issue.
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