Gut Rumbles

April 05, 2005

i saw my grandfather do it

We were squirrel hunting one day and walked up on a BIG rattlesnake. That sucker must have been about six feet long and he was pissed, coiled up and ready to strike, singing like a sack full of crickets. I wanted to shoot it with my .22, but Papaw said no. "That ain't enough gun for that snake," he said.

He took his knife and cut a limb off a tree--- a small limb that had a nice fork in it, and he walked up to the snake, prodded it to strike one time and pinned its head to the ground with the fork in that stick. Then, he grabbed the snake by the tail and whipped it like someone snapping a lash. He popped that thing like a whip several times, then smashed its head on a tree.

"Okay, pick it up and put it in the sack now, It's dead and I think I can make a belt out of that one."

The snake didn't look dead to me. It was still writhing on the ground, even though its head was smashed to smithereens. I didn't want to do it because snakes give me the creepy-crawlies and this was a BIG one. But I managed to use the stick to work the snake into the sack and I carried him back home, even though I could feel that bastard moving the entire time.

He had nine rattles and a button on his tail. When Papaw skinned him and laid that pelt out on a board, it must have measured 12" across in the middle. It was an awesome rattlesnake. and they stink like hell when skinned.

That's why I want a .410 pistol. If I ever walk up on something like that again, I'll give him a blast of pellets and leave him for the ants to eat. I'm a pretty good woodsman.

But I ain't nothing like my Papaw was.


I'm glad we don't have those up here.

Posted by: Alaska Kim on April 5, 2005 05:38 PM

More than once I saw my father snatch a cotton mouth by the tail, whip it around like a bullwhip and snap its head off.

The man had nerves of steel.

I also had a dog growing up that would grab a snake the same way and snap its back.

I can honestly say, I've never done that!

Posted by: Christina on April 5, 2005 06:46 PM

Your Pawpaw must have had a big pair. A six foot rattler is one deadly bastard to be grabbing ahold of!

Posted by: rimfirejones on April 5, 2005 07:39 PM

My grandmother believed the only good snake was a dead snake. More than once on her way home from her cabin in the mountains she would see one on the road, pull the car over, take out her shotgun and blast its head off.

Posted by: Marie on April 5, 2005 08:49 PM

I don't have any problem with rattlesnakes.
I just took pictures of the last diamonback that struck at me (he missed).
I play with other people's golf balls on my home course because they're afraid to venture out of the rough to retrieve a ball in the rocks and ravines. I sort them into 10 or 15 of them same kind, and play 'em until I lose them.
The record is 86 golf balls in one pass down a rocky ravine.
Now, I'm smart enough to have an old 3 iron as a "snake probe".
I say, "thanks snakes, for scaring those wussies".

Posted by: Dan Pursel on April 5, 2005 10:16 PM

See above post "Old age and experience will out do youth and enthueasim every time".....just goes to show ya, Loved my Grandpa and now I are one, so what will my children and Grand children say/remember about me? hopefully I will be worthy of it.

Posted by: witch on April 5, 2005 10:19 PM

Get yourself an over-under derringer in .45 long colt. .410 shot shells pop right in.

That way you can blast something with a BB load of .410, and have a .45 for backup incase you just piss it off.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on April 6, 2005 12:03 AM

... the day my Grandpa died, my Cousin Calvin and I killed a copperhead on his farm.. a big one.. just over 2 and a half feet.... two old, dangerous, and wonderful beasts died that day... I'll never forget that day...

Posted by: Eric on April 6, 2005 08:39 AM

There's a scene in The Gods Must Be Crazy where the bushman protagonist takes a pissed-off cobra about six feet long. This snake is all puffed up and standing up; the bushman picks it up by the tail and whips its head into the ground ONCE, then throws it over his shoulder and takes it home. No special effects.

I can imagine grabbing a snake that way if I had to, but I'd flail the thing in a blind panic until its head was completely gone. The way the bushman handles it, it doesn't even seem to get his heart going. Just another day at the office.

Posted by: dipnut on April 6, 2005 02:06 PM
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