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LSUfan20005
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Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
Now that I'm a dad teaching my kids about the outdoors and often telling stories of my own, I find myself remembering the tales older gentlemen told me when I was a kid.

One in particular not-too-tall tale that keeps coming back to me:

When I was 10, I used to run hoop nets with my great uncle, who did things the old fashioned way. We got our nets (hoop, shrimp, etc) custom built by this older guy who was a genuine swamp craftsman.

Whenever we'd pick up an order, he and my uncle would enjoy a beverage or two and he'd tell stories. The one that really stuck with me was one about snakes while building I-10. The old man stated that he was on the initial construction crews building I-10 (at least I think he was talking about 1-10) across the Atchafalaya - and the cottonmouths were so aggressive that they lost tons of men to snakebite.

He said that the snakes would practically sprint at them and they were almost constantly at battle for the first few weeks. They tried carrying pistols but no one was fast or accurate enough. Eventually they all carried machetes and had to master the swing at the swimming snake.

Any chance that this was a true story?

To this day, in my mid-30's, this tale of charging cottonmouths scares the shite out of me.


choupiquesushi
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10) across the Atchafalaya - and the cottonmouths were so aggressive that they lost tons of men to snakebite.
dat one ain't true.... people drowned falling off work barges with no PFD's though..


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mylsuhat
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
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He said that the snakes would practically sprint at them
I've seen lots of aggressive moccasins but none of them have ever "charged" or "chased" that just isn't in their nature.

Probably accurate on the number of snakes and some issues but not the attacking IMO


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AlxTgr
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
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Any chance that this was a true story?
No


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Boat Motor Bandit
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
no just no


JohnnyBgood
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HouseofWaffles
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
My favorite is the "catfish the size of Volkswagen, divers wont to down there anymore" that you hear about every dam. Now, it's usually on Facebook with a picture of a Wels cat.


Jack Daniel
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Wait a minute. So the same people that couldn’t kill a snake with a pistol would kill charging snakes with a machete??


AlxTgr
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
Give me the machete over a pistol every time.


Teague
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
He's probably exaggerating just a smidge.

List of all recorded fatal snakes bites in the US

The Volkswagen catfish stories are classic. You can go to any town near a dam along the Tennessee river or coosa (and probably any other river) and hear the same story from locals. And they all think it's an original story to their dam.
This post was edited on 1/3 at 10:50 am


cbiscuit
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I believe him T.


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choupiquesushi
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Wait a minute. So the same people that couldn’t kill a snake with a pistol would kill charging snakes with a machete??
I've seen people that couldnt hit em with a shotgun and reach for a pistol and empty the mag ....


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HouseofWaffles
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Yup. My son was watching River Monsters or one of those shows a while back, and they were saying the exact same thing in Oklahoma some where.


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BRgetthenet
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
Some of the stories in Marsh Masters make me sad. Like limits before 8am for specs in the Industrial Canal, and 5-7lb specs being the norm.

That shite ain’t happening ever again.


choupiquesushi
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Some of the stories in Marsh Masters make me sad. Like limits before 8am for specs in the Industrial Canal, and 5-7lb specs being the norm.

That shite ain’t happening ever again.




I don't remember 5-7lb specs being the norm.. .and this was before limits......


BRgetthenet
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Maybe not the norm, but it wasn’t unheard of. Maybe the book embellished a little.


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baylorbaiter
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
My brother worked summers on a survey crew for the basin bridge. He said there were a lot of snakes, but he brought home several big arse alligator snapping turtles. Good eatin'!


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Ron Cheramie
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
Stories tend to get farther from the truth as years go by.

In hunting and fishing, we also tend to remember the highlights and forget about all the days where success was limited or nonexistent


CamdenTiger
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
I watched a cotton mouth chase my dad from a ditch, across a gravel road and into his truck, and just sat under the truck. Dad went back and forth trying to run over it, under the truck, but never did. Finally, he just drove off, and said to hell with that demon snake..Any other snake, nope, they don’t track well, but put nothing past a Cotton Mouth in my experience with snakes...


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Citica8
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re: Old Timer Stories You've Wondered About
A little embellishing is what makes a normal story worth listening to.


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