Good morning! We are about ten days or so into deer hunting season for Travis County (you can check up on dates here), so it seems like a the perfect time to remind hunters near and far of that time last year 26 rattlesnakes showed up in a deer blind.
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Last March, a Panhandle-based hunter named Rusty Hopper found a whole mess of snakes when he... well, let’s let him tell it:
“Picked my deer blind up to rebuild it and killed 26 rattlesnakes and one that we weren’t sure what it was this morning at the lease,” Rusty Hopper said in Facebook post (since removed, possibly because it was shared upwards of 30,000 times).
That's... a lot of snakes.
Hopper and three other hunters discovered the nest at their blind in Matador, which is about 80 miles northeast of Lubbock.
Here is some advice from Texas Parks and Wildlife about all things venomous snake, including how to avoid getting attacked by them.
So, well, be careful out there.