Rattlesnake 20-Feet Off The Ground In Treestand Seat!
Brian Murphy was checking his Morgan County deer stands at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 13 when he encountered a snake. Now, encountering a snake in the deer woods is not unusual, but this no-shoulders was tucked in his lock-on stand seat. The stand was 20 feet up a tree. And the snake was a 3-foot timber rattlesnake.
“This is a first—and hopefully a last—for me,” said Brian, who is a wildlife biologist, the former CEO of QDMA, current VP with HuntStand and a frequent GON contributor.
“Over the past 30-plus years, I’ve climbed in and out of countless tree stands and have become accustomed to occasional unwanted guests including wasps, spiders, raccoons, owls and few other critters, but never a 3-foot timber rattler.
“I was 20 feet up a tree replacing a ratchet strap on a Millennium Lock-on stand when I eventually noticed a snake staring at eye level about 18 inches away. I had already been fiddling with the stand for a good three to four minutes, with my hands in striking range several times.
“My first thought was rat snake, but then I noticed the unmistakable shape of a pit viper head and realized it was a ‘nope rope!’ I climbed down, grabbed a limb, and went back up and extracted him from his comfy position tucked in the fold of the seat. Boy, would this have been trouble if it had struck my face while in the tree or if a hunter climbed in before daylight and opened the seat to sit down.
“Thought I’d just about seen it all in tree stands, but I never even considered the remote possibility of finding a rattler! Be careful out there.”
Brian said the snake was very docile and didn’t rattle until it was on the ground and he was taking more pictures.
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