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When I was running a route in Montgomery County, used to see them all the time. A Candor fellow showed five skins he had tacked to a barn to the wrong guy..Game warden wrote him five tickets at 500 bucks each..Supposedly, the timber rattler is considered "threatened" in NC..2500 bucks? I let him crawl..lol
 

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When I was running a route in Montgomery County, used to see them all the time. A Candor fellow showed five skins he had tacked to a barn to the wrong guy..Game warden wrote him five tickets at 500 bucks each..Supposedly, the timber rattler is considered "threatened" in NC..2500 bucks? I let him crawl..lol
oh he is threatened all right, if he comes around me I threaten to kill him!!!
 

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At least he rattled. I was backpacking on Cumberland Island in GA and came within a few feet of one right off the trail. The person I was with quickly alerted me to it. Coulda been really really bad. "If it was a snake it would have bit ya" indeed
 

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When I was running a route in Montgomery County, used to see them all the time. A Candor fellow showed five skins he had tacked to a barn to the wrong guy..Game warden wrote him five tickets at 500 bucks each..Supposedly, the timber rattler is considered "threatened" in NC..2500 bucks? I let him crawl..lol
I showed my wife your post, her response "I will get the $500 from my 401K :D" I would use a 357 with bird shot. At close range you can't miss - one shot kill on squirrels
 

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My wife thought she saw one in the backyard Saturday, turned out to be a small branch with pecan leaves, but must say, did look the part. Of course I took "The Judge" out with me to investigate. Was looking forward to having him speak up! In the wild, if I can avoid, OK, in my yard, Nope!
 

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I always keep things fair. As long as they offer to walk away, I let 'em. But if they slither away on their bellies like a coward, well, you just can't let 'em get away with that. :)
There is a reason why God cursed the serpent in genesis 3. If the serpent hadn't tempted Eve he could have walked away... It's his own fault really :) In my yard that sucker is going to get buried, My 1 and 1/2 year old doesn't know that it's deadly.

- James -
 

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I go out of may way to let non-poisonous snakes life happy, healthy lives, I have shared my shop and buildings with more than a few over the years. Rescued neighbors and snake alike from being too close to each other, and shooed a few off out of traffic when feasible.
I have on the other hand killed my share of copperheads and a couple of rattlers in years gone by. Except for my hatred of squirrels (rekindled by a blitzkrieg raid on corn patch 2 years back) I pretty much leave all of God's creatures to themselves. (reserving the right to take some venison as the need or opportunity may allow) That said I expect the dangerous snakes to do me the same courtesy. If I am in their yard I will take that into consideration when we meet. I they happen to be in my yard, garden, or wood pile where the family and me roam without feeling the need to "watch our step" then I may make a different decision.

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Darrell
 
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