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2021-06-08 8:20:25 AM  
Or you could, ya know, leave them alone
 
2021-06-08 8:43:16 AM  
The two-day event will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a catch and release event; all snakes must be returned to the capture site by sunset June 13.

Huh.  It's even more pointless than killing them
 
2021-06-08 8:43:36 AM  

baka-san: Or you could, ya know, leave them alone


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2021-06-08 8:44:34 AM  
This is a catch and release event;

Sorry, when it comes to rattlesnakes I only participate in kill them with fire events.
 
2021-06-08 8:45:10 AM  

MythDragon: baka-san: Or you could, ya know, leave them alone

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Came for this.

Whacking Day, O Whacking Day,
Our hallowed snake skull cracking day
 
2021-06-08 8:46:02 AM  
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2021-06-08 8:46:58 AM  
I would be up for this if I was younger and you could shoot them.
 
2021-06-08 8:47:14 AM  
That's not too far from where I went kayaking last week, Kettle Creek.

If I'd have known that was eastern diamondback territory, I might have reconsidered going alone.
 
2021-06-08 8:49:37 AM  

baka-san: Or you could, ya know, leave them alone


That's crazy talk.  When there are things that can be killed, you can rest assured we're going to kill them.
 
2021-06-08 8:51:10 AM  

H31N0US: MythDragon: baka-san: Or you could, ya know, leave them alone

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Came for this.

Whacking Day, O Whacking Day,
Our hallowed snake skull cracking day


this is just an excuse to beat up the Irish.
 
2021-06-08 8:52:12 AM  
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2021-06-08 8:52:31 AM  

baronbloodbath: That's not too far from where I went kayaking last week, Kettle Creek.

If I'd have known that was eastern diamondback territory, I might have reconsidered going alone.


Probably timber rattlesnakes.

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2021-06-08 8:54:20 AM  

Walker: This is a catch and release event;

Sorry, when it comes to rattlesnakes I only participate in kill them with fire events.


Decapitation works, but you have to get too close.
 
2021-06-08 8:57:29 AM  
When hunting venomous snakes, be sure not to breath heavily... that will make an aspirate.
 
2021-06-08 8:59:33 AM  

Feel_the_velvet: The two-day event will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a catch and release event; all snakes must be returned to the capture site by sunset June 13.

Huh.  It's even more pointless than killing them


Probably for census data.  When I was in high school one of my Boy Scout projects was working with a guy from VA Tech that was doing a census on rattlesnakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I spent several weekends with him.  He caught them, I'd weigh them and mark exactly on the map where we caught it.
 
2021-06-08 8:59:53 AM  

Great_Milenko: Walker: This is a catch and release event;

Sorry, when it comes to rattlesnakes I only participate in kill them with fire events.

Decapitation works, but you have to get too close.


Not if you use snake shot.
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2021-06-08 9:02:37 AM  

Feel_the_velvet: The two-day event will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a catch and release event; all snakes must be returned to the capture site by sunset June 13.

Huh.  It's even more pointless than killing them


Excellent way to teach the captured snakes that avoiding humans is a bad strategy.

I wonder what alternative strategy they will pick next.
 
2021-06-08 9:05:19 AM  

baronbloodbath: That's not too far from where I went kayaking last week, Kettle Creek.

If I'd have known that was eastern diamondback territory, I might have reconsidered going alone.


What? Eastern Diamondbacks in Pennsyltucky? Eastern diamondbacks are a south eastern US snake. I know they have Timber Rattlers, Copperheads and maybe you were thinking of the Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, which is pretty rare and has a very limited range in PA. 
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2021-06-08 9:06:21 AM  

johnny_vegas: baronbloodbath: That's not too far from where I went kayaking last week, Kettle Creek.

If I'd have known that was eastern diamondback territory, I might have reconsidered going alone.

Probably timber rattlesnakes.

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Dammit, should have finished reading the thread.

/Shakes tiny fist etc.
 
2021-06-08 9:09:16 AM  
Don't be silly, Subby.  It takes hours to die from a rattlesnake bite, IIRC.  You'll make it back.  You just won't live to see tomorrow without antivenom.  Which your insurance company will decline to cover, at something like the price of a modest country home per dose.  Then you'll just wish you hadn't made it back.

Also... we got Whacking Day but not Weasel Stomping Day?  I'm going to have to do it?  Sigh. Fine, then.

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2021-06-08 9:14:23 AM  
A catch-and-release rattlesnake hunt? And they're not harvesting the venom? You'd think the entire point of the event would be to harvest the venom.

/>$200 per gram
 
2021-06-08 9:17:54 AM  

johnny_vegas: baronbloodbath: That's not too far from where I went kayaking last week, Kettle Creek.

If I'd have known that was eastern diamondback territory, I might have reconsidered going alone.

Probably timber rattlesnakes.

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Only Timber Rattler I have ever seen
 
2021-06-08 9:19:55 AM  

johnny_vegas: baronbloodbath: That's not too far from where I went kayaking last week, Kettle Creek.

If I'd have known that was eastern diamondback territory, I might have reconsidered going alone.

Probably timber rattlesnakes.

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I didn't know Southern Illinois had rattlesnakes. Water Moccasins and Cottonmouth aplenty. They might be expanding their territory due to climate change. At least rattlesnakes warn you of their presence. I got chased uphill by a cottonmouth whose territory I'd trespassed upon, and have had a water moccasin swim up and repeatedly try to bite the side of my canoe. Absolutely terrifying. We were afraid to use our paddles for fear of the snake crawling up the paddle, and also terrified of moving at all, for fear of tipping the canoe. I still remember the sound of its fangs striking the fiberglass skin of the canoe...
 
2021-06-08 9:31:03 AM  

KRSESQ: A catch-and-release rattlesnake hunt? And they're not harvesting the venom? You'd think the entire point of the event would be to harvest the venom.

/>$200 per gram


This is exactly what I would figure they were doing.

My mother grew up in the rural farming country of Okeen, OK. They claimed to be the Rattlesnake Capitol of the World (there was a sign saying so when you went into town). The Jaycee's held an annual rattlesnake roundup. They would, of course, eat many of them, but the primary reason was to harvest venom for snake bite antidote and other medical purposes.
 
2021-06-08 9:32:13 AM  
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2021-06-08 9:34:24 AM  

TheOtherGuy: Don't be silly, Subby.  It takes hours to die from a rattlesnake bite, IIRC.  You'll make it back.  You just won't live to see tomorrow without antivenom.  Which your insurance company will decline to cover, at something like the price of a modest country home per dose.  Then you'll just wish you hadn't made it back.

Also... we got Whacking Day but not Weasel Stomping Day?  I'm going to have to do it?  Sigh. Fine, then.

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"It's tradition, that makes it okay!"

/Sorry, I decided on Mystery Science Theater 3000 instead of Weird Al Yankovic
 
2021-06-08 9:37:35 AM  

Feel_the_velvet: The two-day event will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a catch and release event; all snakes must be returned to the capture site by sunset June 13.

Huh.  It's even more pointless than killing them


It's worst, because it means many of those animals will still die. Rattlesnakes actually are extremely dependent on *exactly* where they live. You dump them back somewhere that's their natural environment but a few miles away from where they were caught, and they don't know where water is, they don't know where the best hunting grounds are, they don't know where the local predators are, they don't know where the competition is, etc. Most die young in the process of learning these things near where they were born. Studies done on released rattlesnakes have shown almost all of them die in very short order unless released basically right back where they originally were.
 
2021-06-08 9:38:26 AM  
SATURDAY, JUNE 12
There will be a hands-on training event for kids at four different time slots: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.


Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh seriously WTF. Shouldn't the training take like 30 seconds? LEAVE THE FARKING POSINOUS SNAKES ALONE KIDS.
 
2021-06-08 9:40:03 AM  
This while thing makes no sense.  You have to have a rattlesnake permit to participate, but the rattlesnake permits in PA are only good for one snake and it must be over 42 inches. Also, once a snake is taken live, it isn't allowed to be returned to the wild.   Plus are the hunters really going to return them where they found each snake or just dump them in a pile?  This doesn't pass the smell test.  It stinks.  Leave the damn things alone.
 
2021-06-08 9:43:19 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: Feel_the_velvet: The two-day event will open at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. This is a catch and release event; all snakes must be returned to the capture site by sunset June 13.

Huh.  It's even more pointless than killing them

Probably for census data.  When I was in high school one of my Boy Scout projects was working with a guy from VA Tech that was doing a census on rattlesnakes in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I spent several weekends with him.  He caught them, I'd weigh them and mark exactly on the map where we caught it.


Ahh.  I see.

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2021-06-08 9:57:30 AM  

TheOtherGuy: Don't be silly, Subby.  It takes hours to die from a rattlesnake bite, IIRC.  You'll make it back.  You just won't live to see tomorrow without antivenom.  Which your insurance company will decline to cover, at something like the price of a modest country home per dose.  Then you'll just wish you hadn't made it back.

Also... we got Whacking Day but not Weasel Stomping Day?  I'm going to have to do it?  Sigh. Fine, then.

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I think Weird Al probably cringes when he is reminded of this song, along with The Night Santa Went Crazy. He's vegan these days and his current songs don't tend to feature over the top violence against animals.
 
2021-06-08 10:10:19 AM  
There will be a hands-on training event for kids at four different time slots: 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

This is a catch and release event; all snakes must be returned to the capture site by sunset June 13.


Guess they just want to make them late for something... Hi Mitch!
 
2021-06-08 10:15:31 AM  

Walker: This is a catch and release event;

Sorry, when it comes to rattlesnakes I only participate in kill them with fire events.


Or...kill them and cook them over fire events.  Rattlesnake is actually pretty tasty.
 
2021-06-08 10:41:45 AM  

KRSESQ: A catch-and-release rattlesnake hunt? And they're not harvesting the venom? You'd think the entire point of the event would be to harvest the venom.

/>$200 per gram


I'm sure there will be a shortage of anti venom when this is over ..
 
2021-06-08 10:42:19 AM  
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2021-06-08 10:48:55 AM  
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2021-06-08 11:36:50 AM  
not far from where I grew up, there's a little town that holds a rattlesnake roundup every June that's put on by the volunteer fire company as their yearly fundraiser (in fact it's coming up next weekend). I was telling this story on FARK yesterday - back in the day the roundup would be a free-for-all. rednecks stomping around the mountains grabbing any snakes they could, bringing them in to get weighed and measured to win prizes, milked for venom, used in sacking contests, and pretty much discarded or eaten at the end of the weekend.  Pennsylvania put a stop to that back in the late 80's or so when rattlesnake populations started to drop.  the town brought back the roundup a few years later with much different rules where the hunters need to be licensed and snakes must be returned to the exact location they were found.  now when they're brought in, the game commission is there to check on them, weigh them, and get data on them. and it's neat to see them up close.

but it's weird just how territorial rattlesnakes are.  I grew up less than five miles from my buddy's house and never saw or heard of a rattlesnake near me - they just aren't in my area, but my buddy gets at least one a year around his house.  he texted me Saturday to say his neighbor had one in his yard.  this is the time of year the snakes start to venture away from their dens to hunt.  a few years back I was at his house drinking beer in his yard - he took a walk behind his house for something when I heard just an awful scream.  He came running back yelling that he just about stepped on a rattlesnake.  It was coiled up right next to the house and if he didn't see it when he did - it could have been bad.  he also has a young daughter and fortunately she wasn't outside when this happened.  the snake wasn't moving so my buddy called up his neighbor who came over (rather drunk) with his snake-catching gear and scooped it up.  got some great pictures and video of it.  what the neighbor did with it, I can honestly say in a court of law that I don't know exactly what became of it, but I'm sure it was delicious
 
2021-06-08 11:44:14 AM  
They should fly them to Australia to help with their mouse problem.
 
2021-06-08 11:44:18 AM  

Someone Else's Alt: johnny_vegas: baronbloodbath: That's not too far from where I went kayaking last week, Kettle Creek.

If I'd have known that was eastern diamondback territory, I might have reconsidered going alone.

Probably timber rattlesnakes.

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Dammit, should have finished reading the thread.

/Shakes tiny fist etc.


I didn't realize timber rattlers were an actual thing. I thought it was a colloquialism for Eastern Diamondbacks, as they tend to hide in dense foliage or wood piles.

Good to know!
 
2021-06-08 12:02:06 PM  
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2021-06-08 12:14:23 PM  

Cortez the Killer: KRSESQ: A catch-and-release rattlesnake hunt? And they're not harvesting the venom? You'd think the entire point of the event would be to harvest the venom.

/>$200 per gram

This is exactly what I would figure they were doing.

My mother grew up in the rural farming country of Okeen, OK. They claimed to be the Rattlesnake Capitol of the World (there was a sign saying so when you went into town). The Jaycee's held an annual rattlesnake roundup. They would, of course, eat many of them, but the primary reason was to harvest venom for snake bite antidote and other medical purposes.


Not sure why Okeene would rate Rattlesnake Capitol, but I guess someone had to claim it.  There is a lot of rough and dry terrain out there and rattlesnake roundups are scattered those parts.  Okeene claims the oldest, but Sweetwater Texas claims the biggest.  I like to not be involved at all.
 
2021-06-08 1:09:03 PM  

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Got tetanus just looking at that can.
 
2021-06-08 1:10:15 PM  

suze: They should fly them to Australia to help with their mouse problem.


Yeah but eventually they'd have to send in gorillas...
 
2021-06-08 1:27:45 PM  

Marksrevenge: TheOtherGuy: Don't be silly, Subby.  It takes hours to die from a rattlesnake bite, IIRC.  You'll make it back.  You just won't live to see tomorrow without antivenom.  Which your insurance company will decline to cover, at something like the price of a modest country home per dose.  Then you'll just wish you hadn't made it back.

Also... we got Whacking Day but not Weasel Stomping Day?  I'm going to have to do it?  Sigh. Fine, then.

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I think Weird Al probably cringes when he is reminded of this song, along with The Night Santa Went Crazy. He's vegan these days and his current songs don't tend to feature over the top violence against animals.


Weird Al made this in 2006, far after the time he turned vegan. You need to read the lyrics of his song to understand how he parodies these "traditions" of various municipalities that decide hunting and killing small animals is the way to get the town together. Especially the lyric (that I mentioned above): "It's tradition, that makes it okay!" Music isn't just an audio medium for the music, the lyrics (if a song has one) sung are usually a key into it's meaning (if it isn't just a vapid song constructed for a pre-teen pop group).
 
2021-06-08 3:55:43 PM  
I hope Luis J. Gomez, the Puerto Rican Rattlesnake, isn't doing a gig in PA any time soon.
 
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