Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Okies Hunt For Rattlesnakes

WAURIKA, Okla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Folks in Waurika, Oklahoma, are getting ready to round up rattlers for dinner.

The 47th Annual Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt is slithering into town from April 11-13, and more than 150 participants will strike fear in the snakes who, if caught, will be deep-fried and served to attendees.

According to event coordinator Johnny Berry, most wranglers leave their protective gear in their pick-up trucks because rattlesnakes are sluggish during the cooler time of year.

If it heats up to around 90 degrees, though, Berry says the snakes become aggressive and will “go after you.”

He explains, “There is some danger in it, and we’ve had people get bit before. But they’re more afraid of you than you are of them.”

But there is a method to the snake hunting madness.

Berry says, “You can’t run up on the snakes and expect to catch them with your bare hands. You got to walk up on them slowly while they’re sunning.”

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