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Posted by Jeff Barringer on January 05, 1998 at 01:49:34:
I started hunting South Texas TOO early (early March).
I had a rookie w/me and we were rushing to get to the hunting
area down south, hoping to beat a cold front that was
dropping the temps out... If we could get there in time
we MIGHT have an hour or 2 to collect...
Needless to say we didn't make it in time and by the time we
hit the hunt area the temps were down to 52F. It being a lousy
night all hope was lost, but I went ahead and made a pass
just to go thru the motions.... I was hoping to find a
DOR coachwhip or atrox so I could teach the rookie how to
"road spot" which is an art in itself... I lucked out and
10minutes into the run there was a DOR emorys rat. The
rookie w/me missed it even though it was over 3 feet long
and appeared bright white on the asphalt in the headlights...
I stopped and set the snake up to make it easier to spot...
We drove by it 3 times before he saw it.... once he
had "spotted" it we drove on to complete the one pass and start
the 3 hour drive home...
we werent 5 minutes out when all the sudden the rookie
screams "SNAKE" so loud my ears rang... I lock it up(natch)
but hesitate in turning around to go back... after all
its 52 degrees, its march, and this guy who couldn't
spot a 3 foot long white snake is certain there was a snake
back there... I figure, oh well nothing else is happening
we'll go back and I'll show him just how much tire scraps
can look like snakes.... we turn around an lo and behold
stradling the stripe on the shoulder of the road was
the biggest mexican milk snake I'd ever caught in my life,
slowly making for the grassy shoulder. We bagged it, and hunted
another 6 hours w/out seeing another herp live or dead...
Moral of the story... Rookies aren't ALWAYS wrong....