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#2464798 - 03/18/13 04:35 PM FYI Southern Missouri hunters
RJM Acres Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 3743
Loc: Ozarks
Not only are the ticks out early this year but so are the snakes.
Just killed a small copperhead in the back yard.
The last 2 chickens thought it was tasty however.

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#2464804 - 03/18/13 04:44 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: RJM Acres]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16390
Loc: Missouri
Ticks are easily managed... snakes a little less so. I've been hearing of the wiggly dudes becoming active. That is the one thing I dislike about turkey hunting - snakes. Pays to keep an eye peeled for sure.
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#2464806 - 03/18/13 04:47 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: RJM Acres]
Radio Offline
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Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 436
Loc: S.W. Mo
Not to worry. The chickens are just establishing a pecking order. grin

It makes sense that if the ticks are out, the snakes will be also. Remember those rocks we sat on and you said "good thing the copperheads aren't out yet"? ohmy

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#2464809 - 03/18/13 04:54 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: Radio]
RJM Acres Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 3743
Loc: Ozarks
Originally Posted By: Radio
Remember those rocks we sat on and you said "good thing the copperheads aren't out yet"? ohmy


Yep, I remember saying just that.
And you listened to me.

Guess I better pay more attention this evening as I'm heading
back to that same pond. Don't think the boots I where would be
considered snake bite proof.

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#2464812 - 03/18/13 04:55 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: GC]
RJM Acres Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 3743
Loc: Ozarks
Originally Posted By: GC
Ticks are easily managed... snakes a little less so. I've been hearing of the wiggly dudes becoming active. That is the one thing I dislike about turkey hunting - snakes. Pays to keep an eye peeled for sure.


Just to danged early for the snakes to be out.
This copperhead was only about 6" long.
If it hadn't been for Callie (dog) I would have never known it
was there.

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#2464826 - 03/18/13 05:05 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: RJM Acres]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16390
Loc: Missouri
I was at Peck Ranch Saturday and it was 83*. Plenty warm for snakes. This weeks chill will slow them down some but it is inevitable they will come out. Pays to keep a sharp eye out this time of year.
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#2464835 - 03/18/13 05:13 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: RJM Acres]
RJM Acres Offline
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Registered: 10/07/09
Posts: 3743
Loc: Ozarks
It was 80 here on Saturday.
Freeze warning out for the next couple of nights.

Just came in from checking some stuff out and noticed that
the pear and cherry trees have leaves on them. I think it
was the peach tree, maybe the plum that was budded to the
point where it will probably have leaves pop out tomorrow.

Glad spring is here.

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#2464866 - 03/18/13 05:41 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: RJM Acres]
Mark_in_MO Offline
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Registered: 06/12/07
Posts: 50
Loc: Mo.
I was out Friday evening and the mosquitos were terrible!...but I still pulled a Double....and yes I did get a tick!

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#2464868 - 03/18/13 05:43 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: RJM Acres]
Radio Offline
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Registered: 12/13/12
Posts: 436
Loc: S.W. Mo
Originally Posted By: RJM Acres

Glad spring is here.


You spoke too soon. Spring officially begins this Wednesday, but we have rain/snow mix forecast for Thursday and Friday with lows 28 to 30° Hope it freezes some ticks!

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#2464983 - 03/18/13 07:47 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: RJM Acres]
GTOHunter Offline
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Registered: 01/08/12
Posts: 1437
Loc: Southeast Missouri
I haven't seen any Snakes yet but had ticks on me 2 different times already this year.....actually I'm up in my ladder stand right now with a cold north wind blowing in my face and hoping to call in a Coyote as it gets closer to dark!....Wish me Luck Guys! laugh wink
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#2465119 - 03/18/13 09:43 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: GC]
Savagenut Offline
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Registered: 09/13/08
Posts: 275
Loc: southern MO.
...GC, were you on an elk-tour?? I saw 3 elk on July 4th, at about 6:00 A.M., over on the north side, next to a place known as Mud Springs.

I live about 8 or 9 miles from Peck Ranch. Some years, I turkey hunt in that area, depending on bird concentrations.

As far as snakes, I haven't seen any, yet, but that's okay. It seems like the ticks never leave for the winter.
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P.S. If you get out on the trails on Peck Ranch, watch for timber rattlers. There are some Boone and Crockett Rattlers, there.
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#2465132 - 03/18/13 09:57 PM Re: FYI Southern Missouri hunters [Re: Savagenut]
GC Offline
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Registered: 04/21/01
Posts: 16390
Loc: Missouri
Originally Posted By: Savagenut
...GC, were you on an elk-tour?? I saw 3 elk on July 4th, at about 6:00 A.M., over on the north side, next to a place known as Mud Springs.

I live about 8 or 9 miles from Peck Ranch. Some years, I turkey hunt in that area, depending on bird concentrations.

As far as snakes, I haven't seen any, yet, but that's okay. It seems like the ticks never leave for the winter.
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P.S. If you get out on the trails on Peck Ranch, watch for timber rattlers. There are some Boone and Crockett Rattlers, there.


We were looking... didn't see any. My thought was that at this point maybe they would be hitting the fields and some newly greened up grass, acorns have to be about gone by now. We were there about an hour from dark and eased all along and only saw two deer. Lot of turkey scratching along those roads in the "tour route." We do a lot of hunting south of Ellington on the Current River, actually in Shannon County there also. There were five big bulls hanging around there for a good part of the summer and early fall. They cut out before rifle deer season - probably a good idea!

I wondered how the turkey hunting was around Peck Ranch. Gotta love a county seat that has a wild turkey gobbler hanging on a sign at the courthouse!
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