Thanks to Jim Hirsch of Texas for sending in this great tale of a recent adventure in his neighborhood.
Living near a small lake in urban gated community in North Central Texas it’s not unusual to see many different types of critters when venturing near the water. Last fall I began to notice frequent visits by some rather large cottonmouth snakes that would lie in the tall grass below a bridge that spans a shallow inlet at the far side of the lake.
I never observed these snakes to be particularly aggressive but was concerned for the safety of neighborhood kids that frequently play in the vicinity. It was in December that I picked up a Benjamin Marauder PCP Pistol and was immediately impressed with it’s power, accuracy and quiet operation. I began to pack it with me when fishing down at the lake on the off chance it could be put to good use. I didn’t really expect to see many snakes at that time of the year but we had a real warm spell that surprised my expectations.
As I was walking over the wooden bridge I glanced down below and saw the largest cottonmouth I had ever observed swimming slowly with only his head above the water at about 10 yards. I racked a Crosman Premier 14.3 gr domed into the breach of the P-rod and placed the cross hairs of the scope squarely on the back of his head. A smooth squeeze of the trigger was followed by the thud of the pellet dead on target. The snake did a slow roll onto his back and sank into the shallows of his watery grave.
I used my fishing pole with a lure attached to snag the snake and drag him up onto the bank. Two more point blank shots to the head for unnecessary insurance and I was off to the house to retrieve my camera. After showing the cottonmouth to a few neighbors I tossed it in a box and put it on the curb for garbage pickup. I got a good laugh when the garbage man picked up the open box and immediately threw it to the ground muttering something about my mother.
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