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#6333036 - 06/12/16 10:05 PM Copperhead travel at night
603Country Offline
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Registered: 07/03/12
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Loc: Central Texas
I guess I assumed (wrongly, it appears) that Copperheads stayed put and slept like people do at night. Never really thought about it much. But, tonight, while spotlighting the yard to see if any evil armadillos were digging up flowerbeds, there was a 24 inch Copperhead in full travel mode. I grabbed the rifle and cranked the turrets (kidding) and head shot him. Wife was duly impressed. The snake was moving pretty fast, but I don't think I can claim a running shot. And I never heard anybody mention a slither shot.....

It was a Southern Copperhead, not a Broadbanded Copperhead

Bet I'm the only guy that made a slither shot today.

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#6333039 - 06/12/16 10:09 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
brandon f Offline
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I prefer closer, more personal, methods of killing such as a hatchet to the head.

Nice slither shooting though!

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#6333044 - 06/12/16 10:12 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 05/14/09
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They are very active at night during the summer months especially. Good shooting.
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#6333245 - 06/13/16 07:38 AM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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Killed this one just outside my trailer door at night. My dog was barking and running around it until I got it with the shovel.
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#6333277 - 06/13/16 08:16 AM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 05/18/11
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Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
Quote:
I guess I assumed (wrongly, it appears) that Copperheads stayed put and slept like people do at night.


We all make these sorts of assumptions about critters and all get surprised when we encounter them doing things we don't expect them to be doing.

For snakes like copperheads, ask yourself what their primary food is. It is mice. When are mice most active? Night.

Now the descriptions of copperheads say that they are diurnal during the spring and fall, but nocturnal during the hot summer months. It isn't summer yet. Snakes don't do calendars. It is getting hot, however. They are more apt to behave based on temperature than calendar. That is why you will find snakes and other herps out during warm periods of weather during the winter here in Texas.
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#6333335 - 06/13/16 08:53 AM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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Now I'll be a bit less comfortable walking back from the stands.

The wife pitched the dead copperhead into the back yard. Just before I went off to bed, I flipped on the outside lights and saw that our resident backyard Possum (aka 'Little Possum') was happily consuming the snake. The food chain in action.

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#6333364 - 06/13/16 09:29 AM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
That's when I kill the most of them.. they like lying right on trails and roads at night waiting for mice... We were tracking a deer once in bow season and got into some thick yupon... I had to push a good size one to the side to get through a small path and felt something hit my shoulder then the ground... turned around and there layed a copperhead just lookin at me... figured he was looking for bats or baby birds


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#6333564 - 06/13/16 11:49 AM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Once read an article saying armadillos were nocturnal. Then I drove the pasture at 1 pm and saw 13. Guess they hadn't read the same article!
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#6333593 - 06/13/16 12:11 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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I find nearly all of mine in the evening or after dark. Usually when I go down to my shop. I live out in the country and keep things clean around the shop and outbuildings. Keep the lawn mowed short to create a 'buffer' around the house, but we have pasture land and woods surrounding us...so snakes are always present.

In the warm months....I EXPECT to see them at night. In the daytime I can find them in shaded areas, especially one area of our property that is fed by a natural spring, is shaded and stays much cooler. That area has always been 'snakey'.
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#6333601 - 06/13/16 12:19 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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I warned y'all about killing copperheads the other day!

Copperheads save boobs thread

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#6333651 - 06/13/16 12:59 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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We are eat up with them..

Keep boots by back door and front and wife and grandkids are NOT allowed to walk out after dark in flip flops or low shoes..

I have hit the lights and seen 3-4 slide off the concrete ..

My Dogs been hit several times
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#6333661 - 06/13/16 01:06 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
603Country Offline
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Loc: Central Texas
We've had years when we saw a lot of Copperheads, but this year just two have shown up.

Never seen a Rattlesnake on our place.

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#6333740 - 06/13/16 02:32 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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I see most at night. Usually on roads or concrete. The terrain is usually littered with oaks and vines with shade.

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#6333777 - 06/13/16 03:04 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: SniperRAB]
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
We are eat up with them..

Keep boots by back door and front and wife and grandkids are NOT allowed to walk out after dark in flip flops or low shoes..

I have hit the lights and seen 3-4 slide off the concrete ..

My Dogs been hit several times
You should tie a piece of fishing string to a piece of rebar pounded into the ground fish hook through the back side of a small furry mouse and see if you can catch a few.
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#6333778 - 06/13/16 03:05 PM Re: Copperhead travel at night [Re: 603Country]
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I find them mostly in the evening or at night unless I flipping rocks or logs looking for them....
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