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With spring and the spring wild boar hunting season upon us we need to remember that another wild animal also has appeared on the scene: Rattlesnakes.
There are only a few hunters that have not encountered one in the field. Rattlesnakes are not aggressive towards humans by nature. They will however strike aggressively if cornered, handled and seriously threatened or provoked.
Wear hunting or hiking boots.
Avoid tall grass, weeds or heavy underbrush.
Be careful where you step, sit or place your hands especially during the dark.
Step on logs or rocks, never over them unless you can clearly see the other side and where you are stepping.
Carefully check stumps or logs and the ground around rocks before sitting or leaning against them or using them as support for yourself and your rifle.
When staying out overnight, carefully check sleeping bags, blankets and other gear to assure that no unwelcome visitor has taken up residence therein.
Think twice and be very careful if you feel you have to crawl into pig tunnels or very heavy brush. Chances are that rattlers beat you to those areas.
If bitten, stay calm, don’t panic. You will only aggravate the situation. Wash the bite site with soap and clean water, if possible. Keep it below heart level. Seek medical attention right away.
Rattlesnakes occur from swampy areas to elevations of around 10,000 feet. They can and do swim. So, where there are pigs, there are also rattlesnakes to be expected. Use common sense and caution – even in the heat of a wild pig hunt.