What sort of critters do you deal with shooting outdoors in the desert?

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  1. Joe Link

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    I've fired a round in Arizona, Nevada, or Utah, let alone outdoors in the desert, so I'm curious what you guys run into and what you have to prepare for. Snakes? Spiders? Scorpions? How common is it to encounter these things when you're out there?
     
  2. MadDuner

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    Actually, not very common at all.
    Only flying insects are a bother.
    Bees, wasps and flies.
     
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    That's good to hear! Definitely opposite of what I assumed :)
     
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  4. AZOutdoorGear

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    None. When the shooting starts, they just go back in their holes and hide....
     
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    This time of year ... Spring ... on a 8 mile hike around Usery Pass park SE of Phoenix i can count on seeing an average of 2 rattlesnakes. There are many you pass by but don't see.
     
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    The girlfriend read that and nope'd about five times :s0114:
     
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  7. Belevolk

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    I spend an hour or so shooting .22 and .45 and when we were picking up to leave the area. Up shows a rattler. Now this idiot was coming directly at us. I shot twice with the .22 to shoo it off, nothing doing. The dogs were about so my buddy walks over with is new colt .45 and dispatched it.
    I get them in the back yard. Usually hanging out under the tree in the corner and being cool. One last year made it the 40 feet to my patio and decided to be obnoxious. I dispatched him with a shovel. There is no accounting for snakes in the desert. Be careful of what you step over and what you sit on. Snakes are just part of the issue. There are ants, bees, wasps, spiders and the occasional lizard that need to be considered. Mexican Beaded and the Gila Monster are both protected and poisonous. I have not seen either in the wild for several years. Does not mean they are not out there.
     
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    Do most folks down there know how to handle these things? I had no idea you had poisonous lizards down there :confused:
     
  10. AZOutdoorGear

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    I've been in AZ for 5 years and all over the desert and backroads. I have only encountered two gila monster (got to admit though they were pretty cool to watch) and 3 snakes. I know that they are there because you can see where they have crossed the road or trail I am on..... but I am always vigilant where I walk and step. Maybe we could teach the snakes to read the "Beware of humans" signs....
     
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