Shotshells and Snakes and Way MORE
I live in north-central AZ, and do A LOT of hiking on steep mountain trails with my dog. I have no desire to kill any snakes, and I never have. Not even on my property.
Originally Posted by Braddubya
I have seen quite a few rattlers, but have only been "struck at" twice. That was because I surprised them. They missed. My dog has a good time chasing rabbits and foxes.
And, lizards are fair game, and much fun. But, she knows enough to avoid things that "threaten and hiss". I don't know "how" she learned that. But, she knows.
If you are worried about snakes, wearing the commercial "snake gaiter" protective leggings is MUCH more effective than a gun. Just Google "snake gaiter".
I just got an S & W 642 snubby to replace my "big hiking guns". I'm getting old, and the big caliber boys were "getting heavier all the time" on steep mountain hikes.
I put on Crimson Trace laser grips. Maybe I could actually hit something if necessary. I've never needed to shoot anything in 12 years here. I don't expect I ever will.
I carry CCI "Pest Control" .38 Special shotshells loaded in the first two chambers. Then three hollowpoints. We have been having a lot of rabid fox or coyote attacks
on people. Sometimes they "sized up" the victim and the person "noticed" before the attack. Sometimes it has been a total surprise. The shotshell idea is in case you have
to respond quickly. #9 pellets bouncing around the big rocks would hopefully be less lethal ON ME than potential hollowpoint richochets. Yes, it sounds crazy and paranoid.
You can decide if this is a legitimate reason for shotshells.
This "rabies scenario" is far more likely than any black bear or lion attack. The snubby is "a little bit too little" if that happened. I see tons of tracks and scat.
But, I've seen just two lions, and one black bear. They were upwind and I surprised them in big rocks. And they all "looked just a bit", and quickly ran away.
OK, the lions bounded, and the bear "ambled". They were happy. I was thrilled with their decision. I did not get pictures.
There was a lion who was stalking hikers in the "near urban area". Game & Fish had fun "taking care" of it. No, it was not relocated.
I do scan the high ground a lot, both forward and "on my six".:mrgreen: