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Old July 19th, 2018, 07:20 AM #31
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This is why I only hike in winter anymore...
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Old July 19th, 2018, 07:43 AM #32
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Lots of them along Catoctin Hollow Road. I saw 2 Timber Rattlers this week on my way to work.
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Old July 19th, 2018, 08:02 AM #33
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This is why I only hike in winter anymore...
Ditto!

I came face to face with a timber rattler while I attended Frostburg in the early 90s. Still gives me chills. If I lived in some of the places y'all are talking about, I would be terrified of stepping outside.
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Old July 19th, 2018, 08:03 AM #34
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Ditto!

I came face to face with a timber rattler while I attended Frostburg in the early 90s. Still gives me chills. If I lived in some of the places y'all are talking about, I would be terrified of stepping outside.
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Those of you who don't like them will love this then. I cut my teeth hunting in PA with friends. My first and only harvest on my permit happened by chance instead of a deliberate snake hunt. I was sitting cross legged in a cut field with the 22 mag and bi-pod at the ready watching an active groundhog hole. Day dreaming a bit, as it can take a startled hog 20-30 min to reemerge, something made me look over my right shoulder, sixth sense or maybe a slight noise- who knows, but to my surprise there was a nice 4 foot timber rattler coming right at me and his head was LESS THAN 2 FEET my a$$. Maybe I looked like a nice rock to get some shade under. But instinctively I jumped up and at the same time swung the 22 and fired. Caught it right behind the head.

Having a taxidermy habit I snagged it and started carrying it to the barn, at arms length! Half way thru the field that sucker regained consciousness and wasn't happy. Finished it off neatly and called PGC just to make sure I understood how to fill the paperwork out correctly and the lady was like "wow you got lucky there", congrats. Now being a MD res I also checked in with our DNR to make sure I didn't need anything other than my PA permit to take it to a taxi. That woman reamed me out and told me to go throw it in the woods. NOT. Only ran into one other one there before I started hunting in MD, stepped over a log and boom 12" away was a young 18" one.
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If you ever get the chance, ask someone at the Howard County Fairgrounds about the one they found there.
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Their historic range does include Carroll County, Baltimore County & the county directly east of Baltimore County abutting PA.
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Iíve always seen them a bunch at my place.
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Seems like there has been a real uptick in both copperhead and rattlesnake sightings here in Maryland over the last few years.
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Moved to Calvert Co last year all my neighbors have copperhead storys.
Found one 3 feet form outside steps 2 months ago. On July 2 our dog was bite on face.
Went to emergency vet she fine now but there was another dog bit in the leg also.
Vet said she sees 25 to 30 dog bite by copperheads every year.
Then found out their against the law to kill!
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