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My 15 year old shot at his first muzzleloader deer this afternoon. He missed but I still wanted to look and be sure. We looked out in the field and didn't find any sign of a hit. I went to walk into the woods where the doe ran in at and found this on the ground. It was 71 degrees out .
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Finding that made for some interesting tip toeing through the woods. Probably over 5 feet and doesn't have the ability to warn you.
Also got this cool picture of the shot.
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Hopefully he will get one next time. He said it was very exciting , even though he missed.
 
Cool pictures, especially the shot being fired. I was about 13 years old when I experienced my first missed shot at a deer, that made me hang my head and mentally kick myself for quite a spell. I wasn't using a muzzleloader, I've missed a few since but none as painful as the first. Regardless I was with my dad and it remains a great memory. As for the rattler, I expect that would make one a bit nervous. Back when I hunted antelope while crawling on my belly the thought of coming face to face with a Western diamondback crossed my mind more than once, thankfully my fears never materialized.

Sounds like you two had a great day you'll be able to revisit for ever, sweet.
 
Cool pictures, especially the shot being fired. I was about 13 years old when I experienced my first missed shot at a deer, that made me hang my head and mentally kick myself for quite a spell. I wasn't using a muzzleloader, I've missed a few since but none as painful as the first. Regardless I was with my dad and it remains a great memory. As for the rattler, I expect that would make one a bit nervous. Back when I hunted antelope while crawling on my belly the thought of coming face to face with a Western diamondback crossed my mind more than once, thankfully my fears never materialized.

Sounds like you two had a great day you'll be able to revisit for ever, sweet.
Was a pretty cool day. We shot several different ML guns today before we went hunting. He was shooting extremely well. After he shot he said that was the most excited he has been, and it was a doe....
 
Three yrs. ago , Here in Central Pa. ,I was riding the woods trails in a UTV. Was late evening , and warm , and while passing through flat woods of thigh deep ferns , there it was , in the trail. The timber snake was unripe banana green in color , it's head was the size of 3/4th my fist. The length was at least four ft.. and it sported 16 segments on the tail. Here in Pa. it's legal to only relocate these disgusting monsters , and we did that. :thumb: ....yea.....That was the largest one , I have "relocated", thus far.
 
I have seen 3, 6 footers in the wild. That is as big as I have seen. Usually see most of them in the early fall when they are looking for their last meals before winter. We had a 5 footer in our front yard a few years ago, that was a little to close for comfort.
 
I've never believed in killing a snake just because it happened to be a snake. It was fortunate since in Georgia we lived in canebrake country. We had them in the front and back yards and on the porch. And many's the day when I shared my backyard shooting range with a few of them. A copperhead did bite my dog, "Big Dog" but I caught it and kept it over summer in a terrarium then released it in early fall. I actually did that with several but never tried it with a big rattler.
 
I've never believed in killing a snake just because it happened to be a snake. It was fortunate since in Georgia we lived in canebrake country. We had them in the front and back yards and on the porch. And many's the day when I shared my backyard shooting range with a few of them. A copperhead did bite my dog, "Big Dog" but I caught it and kept it over summer in a terrarium then released it in early fall. I actually did that with several but never tried it with a big rattler.
Like it,
I’ve been snake bit four times. Copperheads have not for me been worse than wasp stings. I’m a lot more afraid of ticks then a mouse killing reptiles
 
Snakes really don't bother me, out in the wild I go my way and they go theirs. In my yard, non-poisonous are free to go on their way poisonous not so much.
 

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