I've only had to kill one copperhead since I bought my house. No gun... good ole' fashion shovel...won't do that again. Next time I'll shoot first, ask questions later. I generally leave the black snakes alone, I'll just move them (via long pipe) to somewhere else in the yard or sling them over my fence into the pasture that's around me. The black snakes help take care of the field mice and moles...so I'll keep them around.
almost stepped on him js, just instinct i jumped back, drew from the hip and bingo. like i say i was amazed it blew him backbout 5 feet, on inspection the round went in his mouth and blew his bottom jaw away.
well i live on the side of a mountain well outside the city limits, however my wife and i run a mobile home park with 26 homes. all the tenants came running out when i shot, i am the only one in the park with guns...lol. plenty oooohs and ahhhs. at least now everyone says they are gonna rake their leaves. :-D i killed 5 copperheads last summer, but this is by far the biggest one. comes with living in the woods i guess.