Jac rabbits and endangered snakes

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  1. WaterDawg

    WaterDawg Active Member

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    I had a small window of time yesterday after some work in the IE so I did a short rabbit hunt before dusk at San Jacinto. Hadn't hunted there in a long time because it seemed like the drought had hit the bunnies really hard. I found a decent volume of rabbits in heavily grown, very thick brush. Shotgun only at San Jac, and it was called for anyway. Of course I missed the one easy shot I was presented with

    Dove fields looked good and I would rate dove volume about a Cplus with three weeks to go.

    For being so rare and protected I sure am seeing a lot of Reds lately. This one I spotted 10 feet away and he was agitated from the moment I saw him. Buzzing and coiling to strike, menacing for sure.

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    Later i nearly stepped right in front of this fatty's face:

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    Made a couple of decent shots late and finished with a couple of critters for the dinner table.

    Good luck everyone!

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  2. Muledeerhunter

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    Nice, congrats on the rabbits........

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  3. ilovesprig

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    Kevin,

    Now, that's a nice morning.....I hate rattle snakes!
     
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    Maybe it is the perception in the pic, but those snakes look to be a good size and healthy.

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    I hate rattlers too but that's a cool pic for sure.
     
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    Nice pic of the reds! Good job on the rabbits too
     
  7. Baldkrash

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    So does anyone eat snake? I've heard it can be good but not sure about rattlesnakes. Some people say they are protected, but some places say it's ok. Any ideas?
     
  8. Snake Charmer

    Snake Charmer Happiness is a warm gut pile

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    No big deal but the reds are protected not endangered. No difference to us guys as sportsmen's other that you gotta leave them alone when you find one.
     
  9. WaterDawg

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    Both snakes looked very healthy and I guess around four feet long. The second one was REALLY fat, and coiled in a Nat Geo pose. I guess the lighting was perfect too because my iPhone captured it very well. I'm not a photographer by any stretch but am comfortable getting a close up when the snake is relaxed.
     
  10. WaterDawg

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    I've eaten Western Diamondback a couple of times. It was not bad. Needs to be tenderized and cut into bite sized pieces. Some are protected as stated so don't kill em unless you know the species.
     

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