Proving Ground wrote:
In all seriousness... I get the treehuggin hippie thing and I know that even poisonous snakes have a purpose. BUT- if you've ever lived around a bunch of cottonmouths you'd kill em all dead as long as they are within reach of a home.
I spent 5 years of my childhood on 3000 acres in South Mississippi and the snakes were everywhere. When we sold my grandparent's home after they died, the folks that bought the house decided to update the guest wing of the house. We had known there was a nest of copperheads in the crawlspace underneath the guest wing. We had been throwing mothballs underneath the guest wing to make them relocate. Well, they had relocated alright. When they tore out the walls ceilings and floors in the guest wing they found 8 dead snakes and 6 live ones (4 copperheads, 1 chicken snake and 1 cottonmouth). Cottonmouths are mean and aggressive. They will chase you. I got chased down the full length of our side screened in porch and slammed the door on ones head when I was 12... another 16 inches and my ass would have been bit and 45 minutes away from a hospital. If you have kids and homes nearby you do NOT want many of them around. The guests at this place are city folk... not always accustomed to watching their step in the woods or watching where their kids play in a field. I don't kill every cottonmouth I see, but I do have to fight the urge sometimes because of my childhood exeperiences. In this case though, it's the right move in my opinion, to keep their numbers down on this property. I'm done justifying this now... and I'm going back to laughing at it.
No, you don't fucking get it. It has nothing to do with tree huggers or there being a bunch of snakes anywhere. This little life story on why you hate snakes only re-enforces my opinion of you and shows what a retard you are. Its strange I grew up in very snaky country on a big stretch of land with some damned fine bird dogs running around and over $500,000 of livestock roaming around. In 35 years, only one cow was bitten by a snake, and it wasn't poisonous. My uncle was bitten by a copperhead as a kid and almost lost his leg, yet he wasn't traumatized like you claim to be. I have been chased and had close calls by a variety of critters, I have never felt the need to go out and kill animals for no reason. I have killed all kinds of EDIBLE animals one could actually be proud of and not taken pics dancing with their carcass or felt the need to post it online and brag about it. The fact you are a guide and a teacher makes this display of ignorant douchebaggery, that much worse.
I learned the hard way at a young age, YOU DONT KILL SOMETHING UNLESS YOU ARE GOING TO EAT IT.
Its like HS said, if you can't deal with the critters.....stay your ass out of the wood/swamp. What the fuck do you expect when you go into THEIR home?
The fact that you thought you were ALMOST robbed/butt raped, give the right to go around killing anyone that looks like the guy that held you up??? Charged by a cow/bull, so do you go around killing cows? Ever have a dog bite you or growl??? You go around shooting dogs, now??? Nice logic, you got going.
Sewer trout, there is a big difference.... You can take the fish home and make a damn fine meal out of it. You can't eat cottonmouths.