i can't wait for bow season
a pic of our new camp with a doctor Laura gator, a personal trainer gator & the dogs
Operation Canebrake: mission accomplished
My hunting buddy texted me last week telling me he ate rattlesnake for the first time and loved it. I thought he was joking, but he wasn't. With all the rain forecasted I scratched fishing. The weather was going to be perfect for scouting & setting cameras with the light showers & rare summertime cool front. I called LDWF to check if it was legal & took off to the camp rattlesnakiní at the spot I saw and videoed a big one 2 years ago, but this time I wasnít planning to let him go. I usually leave snakes alone and kill animals for food. After hearing my buddy say it was better than frog legs and similar to chicken I couldnít resist. Sure enough after walking over 11 hours this weekend in the woods I finally heard that terrifying rattle Sunday evening. I was ready, carrying a small wooden stick with me all weekend to help with spider webs. I smacked him once cracking the wooden pole in half. This tough snake was still a kickin so I grabbed a giant log. Unfortunately, his nice set of rattles was lost in the thorough John Henry style smackdown. After telling all my clients last week in the gym and even calling my pops earlier Sunday morning telling him of my rattlesnakiní plans, sure enough I came across the 2nd rattlesnake Iíve ever seen. Crazy coincidence.
Iíve never cooked snake before, but I was told by one of my female clients that itís a delicacy in Texas and she enjoyed eating it there so Iím going search for some recipes online later today.
I wasnít able to find time to go fishing or frogging as I was planning because I was bogged down with camp work and didnít have time to patch the hole in my small boat. Plus, I really wanted to spend some time in the woods. I was able to hang my new camp painting of Laura and I which a client gave me as a gift. Dottie Theriot Ratliff is a painter from Chauvin and is known for her pink gator paintings. If youíre looking for a great outdoorsy gift idea you can contact her about custom paintings. It was one of the coolest gifts I ever received!
Back to the weekend: I jumped 4 deer and just one quick view with their pretty summer coats was more than enough to get me fired up for bow season. I think they were all does. I had left out 2 cameras, but one of them was infested by a paper wasp nest. I was just about to open the camera when I saw one fly out. I got lucky. Then I threw a stick and saw nearly a dozen start swarming the camera. Iíll save it for next time when Iím equipped with wasp spray.
The woods didnít have many misquotes so I was able to walk through with a short sleeve shirt untouched for the most part. Iím sure theyíll be more next time with the weekendís rain.
When I walked out the woods to the road I spotted some black spots in the distance. I kicked off my muddy shoes to get barefooted in case a mad momma sow gave chase, slowly creeping up to eventually 15 yards taking video. Iíll be back for them come bow season.