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Sep 26, 2022 - 12:19:47 PM
11552 posts since 8/22/2006

Ok to all the outdoorsmen on the hangout got a few questions. Do any of you guys use snake chaps? If so any pros and cons besides the one: they protect you from being bit. Do you find yourself being over confident while walking through the woods?

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 09/26/2022 12:20:55

Sep 26, 2022 - 1:29:46 PM
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511 posts since 4/11/2019

I don't wear snake chaps but do prefer high boots (like cowboy boots or linemans boots) despite hunting in Florida where the temperature is usually near 90.

Chasing hogs through the palmetto scrub you never know what you might run into.

Its usually banana spiders and wasps, but I just cant wear that much clothing in the heat.

Sep 26, 2022 - 3:50:20 PM

11552 posts since 8/22/2006

This guy I feel his pain literally

m.youtube.com/watch?v=YXkqq2qB...emb_title

Sep 27, 2022 - 1:12:12 AM
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csrat

USA

1209 posts since 9/14/2008

Back in my raccoon hunting days, and when flushing rabbits, in NW Ohio, I wore gaiters over my Carharts or dungarees. My main intent was to avoid thorns and briars sticking into my legs. Avoiding snake bite was just a bonus.

We didn't call them chaps, but they did come up to my waist, in the front, and all the way around starting at the knee.

You could buy jeans with the protective material stitched on them, but those were too warm for me. Wearing the gaiters was definitely cooler.

Never saw venomous snakes while I was hunting. Doesn't mean they weren't there. Boy Scouts taught me that Massasauga rattlers were indigenous to the area, but I also saw Timber rattlers in the fields while walking.

Sep 27, 2022 - 5:54:40 AM
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8166 posts since 9/5/2006

got pair of these a few years ago ,,great and you buy your size,,zip up sides and fastens to your belt or belt loop.

https://briarproofhunting.com/snake-protector-chaps/#product-reviews
 

Sep 27, 2022 - 6:18:10 AM

11552 posts since 8/22/2006

The reason for asking I’m laid up here in the hospital with a copperhead bite to my left ankle. It’s not the ones you see it’s the ones you don’t. Painful on anti-ventom. Antibiotics steroids ain’t fun.

Sep 27, 2022 - 6:22:28 AM
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8166 posts since 9/5/2006

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Originally posted by 5B-Ranch

The reason for asking I’m laid up here in the hospital with a copperhead bite to my left ankle. It’s not the ones you see it’s the ones you don’t. Painful on anti-ventom. Antibiotics steroids ain’t fun.


dang  ,,,hate to hear that ,,yeah those copperheads are rude SOBs.  i have no use for them at all ..if i see one i kill it then ...well,,,, my wife wants me to kill any snake within a mile of the house but anyway.

i hope you get back on your feet soon and have no after effects.....

Sep 27, 2022 - 7:12:04 AM
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511 posts since 4/11/2019

I was bit by a pygmy rattler one night on the foot.

Just on the front porch, waiting for the dog to do his thing.

Woke up the next with a foot like a football.

Sep 27, 2022 - 9:20:17 AM

11552 posts since 8/22/2006

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Originally posted by Knows Picker

I was bit by a pygmy rattler one night on the foot.

Just on the front porch, waiting for the dog to do his thing.

Woke up the next with a foot like a football.


Did you got to the ER?

Sep 27, 2022 - 9:22:32 AM
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511 posts since 4/11/2019

No, but I suffered for about a week.

And then lived to tell about it.

Sep 27, 2022 - 10:09:27 AM

11552 posts since 8/22/2006

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Originally posted by Knows Picker

No, but I suffered for about a week.

And then lived to tell about it.


You saved a boat load of money glad you healed up snake bites are not fun. And that anti venom is expensive last time I checked 1000 to 1500 a vial. I used four bag with three vials each. 

Edited by - 5B-Ranch on 09/27/2022 10:10:28

Sep 27, 2022 - 10:22:16 AM

511 posts since 4/11/2019

I just ate acetominophen until the fever and dizziness went away.

Sep 27, 2022 - 10:51:48 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

16202 posts since 9/27/2007

 "And that anti venom is expensive last time I checked 1000 to 1500 a vial. I used four bag with three vials each."

At that rate I'd have to go with the tough it out or die method! YIKES!

Hope it all works out for you! 

Sep 28, 2022 - 6:01:51 AM
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Day three of my trip to the hospital swelling has subside able to get up and move around. Got so much antibiotics in me bugs fear me (I hope.) been stuck so many times vitals taken been ask my name and date of birth I’m hearing it in my sleep. More folks are seeing a snake bite victim for the very first time in their budding medical carrier. But nobody wants an autograph or photo. go figure?

Sep 30, 2022 - 9:10:40 PM
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11552 posts since 8/22/2006

Got my snake boots and gaiters today. My wife insist that I do not venture outside without one or the other. Hopeful my days of being a target for evil pit vipers are behind me.

Oct 3, 2022 - 12:37:45 PM

11552 posts since 8/22/2006

Just got back from the ER seems I had a post reaction to the antivenin. Hives itching rash. Doctor called it serum sickness steroids and Benadryl and time will be the norm for week or two. My whole experience in this has not been pleasant. Nowhere on my discharge papers mentioned Serum Sickness. The poison control center argued with my wife about it not being Serum Sickness. Although everyone gave it a good way to go I came away with the impression the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing.

Oct 3, 2022 - 12:50:08 PM
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ChunoTheDog

Canada

1877 posts since 8/9/2019

quote:
Originally posted by 5B-Ranch

Ok to all the outdoorsmen on the hangout got a few questions. Do any of you guys use snake chaps? If so any pros and cons besides the one: they protect you from being bit. Do you find yourself being over confident while walking through the woods?


No snakes up here but I do not wear crampons up in the mountains as it makes one take chances one wouldn't if they weren't wearing the spikes.

Oct 3, 2022 - 5:36:07 PM
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OM45GE

USA

117841 posts since 11/7/2007

Quite the story 5B. Glad you’re getting through the ups and downs of your recovery.

Oct 4, 2022 - 6:00:38 AM

11552 posts since 8/22/2006

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Originally posted by ChunoTheDog
quote:
Originally posted by 5B-Ranch

Ok to all the outdoorsmen on the hangout got a few questions. Do any of you guys use snake chaps? If so any pros and cons besides the one: they protect you from being bit. Do you find yourself being over confident while walking through the woods?


No snakes up here but I do not wear crampons up in the mountains as it makes one take chances one wouldn't if they weren't wearing the spikes.

 


Not knocking the use of any protective gear. I was more concerned about putting on snake boots and trudging haphazardly through the woods and unlike before watching ever step I made. Sometimes a over sense of confidence can backfire.

Oct 4, 2022 - 11:20:11 AM
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466 posts since 11/9/2021

Back in my youth, my brother and I used to go snake hunting, for snakes in the pet trade - garters, milk snakes, corn snakes, indigo's etc. When you're poor, every money making thing has value. But would would also collect venomous ones too for our personal collection - rattlers, copperheads, water moccasins. You bet we wore chaps. Interesting side note - we had a pygmy rattler and a timber rattler in the same tank and during a feeding, one struck the other by mistake and killed it dead.

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