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  • #16
    Originally posted by buckman1 View Post
    Unless you have an allergic reaction, a copperhead bite would ruin your day and make you sick but death would be rare,from what I read. But If a man got bit by a rattler somewhere way back on the Jacks or Chattooga, itíd probably be the end for him I would imagine. Always a good idea to have a partner in the backcountry, especially if she is good looking.
    Jack's is by far the snakiest place I've ever been. I don't think I've ever had a trip there were I didn't see, at least, 5 snakes. Saw the largest timber rattler i've ever seen there last time I went. I've been hesitant to return since.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by buckman1 View Post
      Unless you have an allergic reaction, a copperhead bite would ruin your day and make you sick but death would be rare,from what I read. But If a man got bit by a rattler somewhere way back on the Jacks or Chattooga, it’d probably be the end for him I would imagine. Always a good idea to have a partner in the backcountry, especially if she is good looking.
      I've seen many rattlers while fishing, foraging, scouting, and hunting the WMA's up here. I've seen three rattlers this year, and one copperhead. Several years back a friend and I were on a brook trout stream. One rattled at me. It was laying on a log reaching out over the water. As my friend passed by it, it slithered into the water towards us and "swam" downstream. It was freaking creepy. A person was bitten last weekend on the AT bordering either Chattahoochee or Swallow Creek WMA. Not sure which side of Hwy 75 they were on. I accidently kicked a pygmy rattler earlier this year that never struck or made a sound, and Buckman watched me step over a timber rattler by accident the week before last.
      You've walked by several timber rattlers in your days in the woods, you just didn't know it. They're usually docile and won't move or make a sound, and you'll never even know they're there.
      Last edited by Killer Kyle; 09-17-18, 08:39 AM.

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      • #18
        "Always a good idea to have a partner in the backcountry, especially if she is good looking.

        Well, that leaves me out. Any respectable woman in the back country with me would harvest my credit cards and insurance information, then sit around and drink the rest of my good bourbon while she watched me long enough to be sure I was not going to make, then call in the report of my demise to the authorities. Well, her first calls would be to the bank to check all the card credit available and the life insurance company ...............

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Buck Henry View Post
          I have run across a decent number of rattlesnakes in my backpacking days, but they were always up at higher dry elevations and no where near water. River hiking is where you will see a ton of Copperheads! The Cohutta Wilderness is crawling with them!

          What Buck said.



          Kind of obvious where he was. Tail can be seen at the top of this next photo. Southern Terminus on Springer Mountain. When I first got there he was sunning out in the open on the rock. Jim Wentworth of the USFS once told me to be wary of timber rattlers in the pine needles in pine meadows.







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          Last edited by THE EG; 09-13-18, 03:16 AM.
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          • #20
            I appreciate everybody's responses. I think I will continue to be vigilant with logs across creeks that have sunshine on them and watch my step as I leave along the banks. The responses seem to mirror my experiences.

            Just for comparison I have never seen a venomous snake while fishing small creeks. I have had visits from 3 bears, 6 elk (NC) and one individual that made me think to reach for my pistol.

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            • #21
              I've seen more cottonmouths down here in AL while fishing the last 3 years than the first 30 years of my life combined (TX mostly).
              More copperheads out in TX than here from my experience.
              Never seen a single snake in NGA or further up into the Smokies.
              Only seen one live rattler in the wild in my life, which is crazy considering all the places in central and west TX I frequented growing up.
              Resident Tenkara Nerd

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              • #22
                Never seen a rattler in 30 years of fishing. Hoping I never do, because my first reaction would not be the correct one. I'd jump and probably scare it into biting. Similar to the only time I ran across a bear (Hooch WMA). Not that I'm particularly afraid of either, just don't like surprises out there in the middle of nowhere.

                I have seen a couple of copperheads, the most recent just south of Burrell's Ford on the Chattooga.

                TONS of water snakes, most notably on Rock Creek (the hatchery one). Counted more than 40 snakes that day including the other copperhead. That one was right at eye height back up in a little ledge cut out of a red clay bank, about 2 feet away. Spooks me more now thinking about it than it did then. Snake bite in the face or neck, you're not going to recover from that.

                I'm more concerned while fishing about yellow jacket nests and bone breaks from falls than I am about snakes and bears. Used to wear snake chaps when I first started going out on my own, but tired of them pretty quickly.
                Speck

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                "Your genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing." -- Emerson

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                • #23
                  I've seen lots of Copperheads, but so far no rattlers. Now our cabin on Little Mountain Creek is just a hop and skip from "Rattlesnake Lead". Three of my neighbors over there have had rattlers at their cabins, but so far I haven't seen one.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by eyeflyfish View Post
                    I have had visits from 3 bears, 6 elk (NC) and one individual that made me think to reach for my pistol.
                    That one individual is what bothers me more when I'm in the wilds. And your reaction would be my reaction.
                    BE DIFFERENT AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! <

                    Exodus 29:18
                    Then burn the entire ram on the altar. It is a burnt offering to the LORD, a pleasing aroma, a food offering presented to the LORD. God loves BBQ!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Speck View Post
                      Never seen a rattler in 30 years of fishing. Hoping I never do, because my first reaction would not be the correct one. I'd jump and probably scare it into biting. Similar to the only time I ran across a bear (Hooch WMA). Not that I'm particularly afraid of either, just don't like surprises out there in the middle of nowhere.

                      I have seen a couple of copperheads, the most recent just south of Burrell's Ford on the Chattooga.

                      TONS of water snakes, most notably on Rock Creek (the hatchery one). Counted more than 40 snakes that day including the other copperhead. That one was right at eye height back up in a little ledge cut out of a red clay bank, about 2 feet away. Spooks me more now thinking about it than it did then. Snake bite in the face or neck, you're not going to recover from that.

                      I'm more concerned while fishing about yellow jacket nests and bone breaks from falls than I am about snakes and bears. Used to wear snake chaps when I first started going out on my own, but tired of them pretty quickly.
                      I stand corrected on my earlier post... I saw a big rattler on the Chattooga River below Burrells Ford on the GA side and almost in sight of the SC campground. It was the first rattler Lauren had ever seen in the wild. I chopped his head off and bbq’d him for lunch.

                      I saw another near deep hole on the Toccoa River some years back.

                      And I ran over one this year on the hwy along Spoilcane. That one was significant because less than a week before I squished him, Killer Kyle and I fished that creek and climbed out of the creek in the exact spot I hit the snake to walk back to the truck.

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                      • #26
                        I’ve had way to many encounters with rattle snakes. The one that stands out the most is on Jacks river trail. Me and my buddy James had decided to walk 3 miles in to fish.About 2 miles in we were walking and talking when all of a sudden j
                        James grabs me and nearly body slams me.I had seen it but not before James had seen it.After it was said and done this dam thing had 20 rattlers on it.(no I’m not drinking) I still have the rattlers.

                        We debated on whether to kill him or knot. We caught a lot of flak on the board for killing that dam thing. ( must of been to many experts on rattle snakes at the time) But after a hard day fishing that day and on the way out we meet this guy with 2 12 packs of beer in hand and 3 young kids just running wild..Me and James just looked at one another and was glad we killed that dam thing..

                        Sorry for the long post. But if you never have felt the hair on your arms and neck stand up then stay out of woods.Sooner or later it will happen..

                        Always go with someone and be careful out there!!!
                        dink
                        Last edited by dink; 09-14-18, 06:48 AM.
                        Some fishermen see no fish and foolishly
                        believe that the river is empty.
                        Henry Van Dyke

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                        • #27
                          Came across a timber while driving out of the Hooch WMA (west side of 75) years ago and last summer ran across two in one day while in swallow creek. Couple copperheads came real close while I was fishing the hooch in the WMA but didnít seem to care about me which I was fine with.

                          And it was either a cottonmouth or a rattler I came cross while jumping around a couple anglers while at coopers last summer. Darn thing was yuuuuuuge but I just saw the butt end of it for a split second and couldnít tell if it had rattlers or not. I always keep an eye out for them and my girlfriend always wears waders no matter how hot because she thinks it will help if she gets bit.


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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by splatek16 View Post
                            Breeding, right?


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                            That was my first though, but it was always consistent all summer. No peaks or valleys of activity as I remember.
                            I like em big fat and sloppy.

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                            • #29
                              I've never seen a rattlesnake in Georgia. I've seen a couple of copperheads, one very up close and personal. I was walking down Overflow Creek Rd (FR road) on the West Fork of the Chattooga, back toward the campground parking area from the FR bridge (not the Warwoman bridge). It was August (a few years ago) at about 8:30-8:45pm, and from a distance, the snake looked like a broken tree limb (among dozens of others). I stepped about a foot from it, mid-body, realized it was as snake, and jumped back. Mid-jump I realized it was a copperhead. It was stretched out almost completely straight, about 32 inches, with its head up in that typical copperhead pose, and, color-wise, was very similar to the one pictured at the top of SREL's copperhead webpage (https://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/agkcon.htm). In the end, I didn't get bitten, the snake moved on off into the wood line, and I bought my first pair of snake boots soon after.

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                              • #30
                                Another snake story. Back in the early days of NGTO there was a member who fished sometimes on the Hooch with his pet copperhead around his neck. I don't think this was publicly known, and I don't want to reveal his username, but we did fish together. He was fearless, not crazy, liked snakes I guess. I never fished with him and the snake. Anyhow, on a warm spring day the snake bit him on the neck while fishing on the DH. He drove himself to Kennestone ER. When the ER docs asked him how he knew it was a copperhead I can't even imagine what they thought when he answered.

                                Also, when panning for gold, there are a lot of copperheads around the creeks we pan in Cherokee county, especially when it's dry.

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