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Old School 29-Sep-23
Quinn @work 29-Sep-23
JohnMC 29-Sep-23
bluedog 29-Sep-23
Bou'bound 30-Sep-23
Candor 30-Sep-23
Bake 30-Sep-23
Screwball 30-Sep-23
arlone 01-Oct-23
MQQSE 01-Oct-23
Ou jagter 02-Oct-23
Iowa Rut Nut 02-Oct-23
ShoshoneAdventure 02-Oct-23
Toonces 02-Oct-23
bigswivle 02-Oct-23
boothill 02-Oct-23
bigeasygator 02-Oct-23
Catscratch 02-Oct-23
bigeasygator 02-Oct-23
KsRancher 02-Oct-23
Bake 02-Oct-23
Ou jagter 03-Oct-23
No Mercy 03-Oct-23
Catscratch 03-Oct-23
flashg8 11-Feb-24
DL 11-Feb-24
Venom16730 12-Feb-24
Rut Nut 12-Feb-24
TGbow 12-Feb-24
Old School 12-Feb-24
Lewis 12-Feb-24
Rut Nut 13-Feb-24
t-roy 13-Feb-24
Rut Nut 13-Feb-24
From: Old School
29-Sep-23
Can someone find and post a link to Pat’s Black Mamba encounter?

Thanks

From: Quinn @work
29-Sep-23
Who’s Pat?

From: JohnMC
29-Sep-23

JohnMC's embedded Photo
JohnMC's embedded Photo

From: bluedog
29-Sep-23

bluedog's Link

From: Bou'bound
30-Sep-23
While at it I can’t find the link to his African lion hunt with a bow. What year did that happen. It was excellent but I can’t locate the clip. Any help there?

From: Candor
30-Sep-23
I met a PH that was bit by a mamba. He was saved by a nearby railroad track project having antivenom. Scary as hell his description of feeling paralysis set in....

From: Bake
30-Sep-23
One of the PHs in camp in Botswana this year will not sit blinds anymore. He had a close call with a mamba in a blind too. The idea of a mamba in a blind scares me. But when walking the puff adders scare me way more. They just flat won’t move.

I was watching a tracker come towards me while checking a pan for tracks and he all the sudden stopped with his foot in the air. He was inches from stepping on a 2 1/2 foot puff adder. Several of us walked within feet of it. Even though there was a little brush pile feet away, he made no effort to escape or hide.

When the trackers killed it, the snake reflex struck the stick like lightning. Creepy

From: Screwball
30-Sep-23

From: arlone
01-Oct-23
Sent a PM to you Old School.

From: MQQSE
01-Oct-23

MQQSE's embedded Photo
MQQSE's embedded Photo
I killed one in camp earlier this year. Here is my son holding it while it still had a little wiggle left in the nerves.

From: Ou jagter
02-Oct-23
Everything in that section of Afrika can bite you, poison you, or eat you. If a black mamba doesn't get you a puff adder, boomslang (worse than a mamba), lion, leopard, poacher, elephant, cape buffalo, random marauding zulus, or wild dogs. To say nothing of the millions of homicidal car drivers.

From: Iowa Rut Nut
02-Oct-23
On my first trip to Africa in 2000 my PH. told me if I got bitten by a black mamba to go sit in the shade. that way you won't stink so bad when they find you.

02-Oct-23
I'll try and find it. That was a scary story and the reason behind Dries installing sliding glass on the camera and shoot windows. Man...scary stuff.

From: Toonces
02-Oct-23
That video is crazy. I love how Pat seems to be more concerned about the water hole being ruined then he is about poking 10 feet of death incarnate with a stick.

From: bigswivle
02-Oct-23
One more reason to not go over there. Lol

From: boothill
02-Oct-23
Goodness, I'm having the sensation of not putting my feet back on the floor under my desk the rest of the day now. WOW

From: bigeasygator
02-Oct-23

bigeasygator's embedded Photo
bigeasygator's embedded Photo
Maybe not black mamba level scary, but this is what I looked down to find at my feet during this year’s antelope hunt.

From: Catscratch
02-Oct-23
Ha! Makes ya wonder where that snake had been before you saw it big!

From: bigeasygator
02-Oct-23
Sure does! There was a patch of cholla cactus trees not far off and I'm pretty sure that's where it went when it left the blind. But right around the blind was pretty open and grassy (we basically drove right up to the blind each morning). To your point, who knows where it came from and goes to show those things can be anywhere!

From: KsRancher
02-Oct-23
Yep, no thanks. My brother was out chasing pronghorn in western Ks last weekend. Stepping over a fence and when one foot hit the ground he heard it start to rattle. He said he liked to tear the whole fence down trying to climb back up it. Biggest praire rattler he has ever seen. He said had to be 4ft long and big around as a red bull can.

From: Bake
02-Oct-23

Bake's embedded Photo
Bake's embedded Photo
If we’re sharing. Puff adder that never moved or hissed and was almost stepped on

From: Ou jagter
03-Oct-23
That's it. I'm moving to Ireland.

From: No Mercy
03-Oct-23

No Mercy's embedded Photo
No Mercy's embedded Photo
Had this Diamondback strike out at us in the Ranger as we drove by in South Texas-now he's coming back to ND.

From: Catscratch
03-Oct-23
No mercy - I drove to TX last spring just to go on a rattlesnake hunt (only out of state hunt I've ever done actually). Was hopeful to find a big one like what you're holding but no luck. They're impressive!

From: flashg8
11-Feb-24
In 2011 while sitting in a pit blind in Africa I was watching Wildebeest through a two way mirrored glass built into the wall when a big snake appeared & struck at its reflection. Then proceeded to slither through the shooting window & into my blind. I was already halfway out the backdoor as I watched it drop in & curl up next to my pack. I Called the PH for help not knowing what kind of snake it was. When he got there we used a couple long sticks to pin the snake to the ground & when it struck at him he yelled "it's a f'n Mamba!" It took a while but we managed to keep moving the sticks up it's body till we smashed its head to kill it. That was day two of a seven day hunt & I will admit being pretty nervous to sit the pit blind again.

From: DL
11-Feb-24
Pat met Kobe Bryant?

From: Venom16730
12-Feb-24
Would love to watch that video again , wont play .

From: Rut Nut
12-Feb-24
I scratched Africa off my list the day I saw that on Bowsite!

From: TGbow
12-Feb-24
Too many bad snakes in Africa..lol

From: Old School
12-Feb-24
Perry - if only you’d crossed Pennsylvania off your list that day as well…. You had quite the snake “experience” yourself. Me and snakes just don’t get along.

From: Lewis
12-Feb-24

Lewis 's embedded Photo
Lewis 's embedded Photo
This guy almost nailed me many years ago double forked fangs and all now he guards my fly tying table Good luck all and stay safe Lewis

From: Rut Nut
13-Feb-24
From: Old School 12-Feb-24

Perry - if only you’d crossed Pennsylvania off your list that day as well…. You had quite the snake “experience” yourself. Me and snakes just don’t get along.

Mitch- I had 6 hours to get the anti-venom before it killed me. Pat would have had maybe 20 minutes?! That takes it to a “WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL!”

As much as I would like to see Africa and Australia.........................I’ve had my fill of snake encounters! ;-)

BTW Lewis- that thing freaks me out every time I see it! ;-)

From: t-roy
13-Feb-24
Jeezus, Perry! If no snakes is a prerequisite for an out of country trip, looks like it’s either Antarctica or Ireland!

From: Rut Nut
13-Feb-24
I’m thinking Greenland Troy! ;-)

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