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    Can you kill snakes in Arkansas?

    I know we discuss this on a fairly regular basis and Stealthy always says it illegal. Im not saying it is or it aint, just asking if anyone knows for sure.


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    Cut/paste from the Regs:

    General Regulations

    People 16 and older must have a valid license to hunt or fish in Arkansas.
    You may hunt wildlife only during an open season for that species.
    If a species is not discussed in a current copy of the Arkansas Hunting Guidebook, there is no open season for that species. (example: It is illegal to shoot a snake, because there is no season listed.)


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    Agfc says if there ain't a season for it you can't kill it. From what I've heard and understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckrub View Post
    Cut/paste from the Regs:

    General Regulations

    People 16 and older must have a valid license to hunt or fish in Arkansas.
    You may hunt wildlife only during an open season for that species.
    If a species is not discussed in a current copy of the Arkansas Hunting Guidebook, there is no open season for that species. (example: It is illegal to shoot a snake, because there is no season listed.)
    Well that pretty much sums it up. Thanks for doing what I was too lazy to do.

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    Now, I've argued this with my AGFC Biologist buddy right and left. I say that Hogs fall into this. They say "shoot 'em". I say "OK, then regulate them. If you don't want to regulate them, however, don't talk to me about them at all.".... He has no answer.

    Same with Mt. Lions. I asked directly the AGFC Pub Relations Officer what would happen if I shot a Mt. Lion and dropped it on the steps of the AGFC HQ in Little Rock. He said, and I quote "I guess you'd have a big problem with the person that owned that Mt. Lion"....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgtnoblin View Post
    Agfc says if there ain't a season for it you can't kill it. From what I've heard and understand.
    I guess thats why no one has killed a bigfoot or mountain lion yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by btech29 View Post
    I guess thats why no one has killed a bigfoot or mountain lion yet.

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    You can do anything as long as you don't get caught.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by soarkrebel View Post
    You can do anything as long as you don't get caught.....
    Billy John is that you?? Good times, yes sir good times.. Lots of trouble but good times..

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    Of course you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polywog View Post
    Billy John is that you?? Good times, yes sir good times.. Lots of trouble but good times..
    Now there is many a person in prison that said that comment....

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    Quote Originally Posted by soarkrebel View Post
    Now there is many a person in prison that said that comment....
    Yep.. Favorite saying of one of my best friends growing up.. He did 2 trips to the pen before he figured it out..

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    only big'uns and lil'uns...............................

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quack addict View Post
    only big'uns and lil'uns...............................
    Big snakes, little snakes, snakes that climb on rocks?

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    No you can under no circumstances kill a snake in ARKANSAS..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckrub View Post
    Cut/paste from the Regs:

    General Regulations

    People 16 and older must have a valid license to hunt or fish in Arkansas.
    You may hunt wildlife only during an open season for that species.
    If a species is not discussed in a current copy of the Arkansas Hunting Guidebook, there is no open season for that species. (example: It is illegal to shoot a snake, because there is no season listed.)
    So does this mean you cant kill a mosquitoe, wasp, fire ants, stinging scorpion,yellow jackets and flies. I say if its poison and can harm you or your family, Choot em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckrub View Post
    Cut/paste from the Regs:

    General Regulations

    People 16 and older must have a valid license to hunt or fish in Arkansas.
    You may hunt wildlife only during an open season for that species.
    If a species is not discussed in a current copy of the Arkansas Hunting Guidebook, there is no open season for that species. (example: It is illegal to shoot a snake, because there is no season listed.)
    Illegal to shoot, But you can sure-nuff beat one to death with a big stick, or as one of the guys that used to work for me said "sorry I'm late, I ran over a snake,............................................ .................................................. .................... FOUR TIMES BEFORE IT WAS DEAD!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by btech29 View Post
    Big snakes, little snakes, snakes that climb on rocks?
    yeap.

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    The regulations say you can't hunt them.

    I do not hunt snakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG JIM View Post
    The regulations say you can't hunt them.

    I do not hunt snakes.
    I don't either but, they have H__! to pay if they get in the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quack addict View Post
    I don't either but, they have H__! to pay if they get in the way.

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    sorry , one more to get to 2500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckrub View Post
    Now, I've argued this with my AGFC Biologist buddy right and left. I say that Hogs fall into this. They say "shoot 'em". I say "OK, then regulate them. If you don't want to regulate them, however, don't talk to me about them at all.".... He has no answer.

    Same with Mt. Lions. I asked directly the AGFC Pub Relations Officer what would happen if I shot a Mt. Lion and dropped it on the steps of the AGFC HQ in Little Rock. He said, and I quote "I guess you'd have a big problem with the person that owned that Mt. Lion"....
    Hogs aren't regulated by AGFC because they are not wild game. They are domestic animals come under the regulation of one of the agriculture departments. I wish I could remember the specific name of the department. This came from an AGFC officer that works with property owners that have pig problems. Other interesting things he told me. It is legal to catch a pic, illegal to release a pig. Legal to shoot on private land any time with anything you want to shoot at them with. On public land, you do not have to recover the pig, you can just leave it lay where it falls.

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    Its kind of weird how the non-poisonous snakes I see all seem to survive and go about their business but the poisonous ones seem to have various and sundry accidents but I certainly don't hunt them or seek their company.

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    If a poisonous snake strikes at me he just opened the season on himself. I admit to killing/murdering/offing/harvesting a 4ft. Rattler that struck at me numerous times. Did you know that under the right conditions you can actually swing an 8ft landscaping timber like a fly swatter when it's the only weapon available?

    THEY say a snake can only strike 1/3 of it's body length but I vow this one looked like it was coming off of the ground and struck at least twenty times. I can't allow one to roam around my place like that since we have to go out to tend animals after dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clawmute View Post
    If a poisonous snake strikes at me he just opened the season on himself. I admit to killing/murdering/offing/harvesting a 4ft. Rattler that struck at me numerous times. Did you know that under the right conditions you can actually swing an 8ft landscaping timber like a fly swatter when it's the only weapon available?

    THEY say a snake can only strike 1/3 of it's body length but I vow this one looked like it was coming off of the ground and struck at least twenty times. I can't allow one to roam around my place like that since we have to go out to tend animals after dark.


    You use any excuse you want! Mine is, I put a fence around my property to keep things out, That snake should have been able to read the sign that says
    "TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT" ( I blame it on the public education system)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracytqrc View Post
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    You use any excuse you want! Mine is, I put a fence around my property to keep things out, That snake should have been able to read the sign that says
    "TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT" ( I blame it on the public education system)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracytqrc View Post
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    You use any excuse you want! Mine is, I put a fence around my property to keep things out, That snake should have been able to read the sign that says
    "TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT" ( I blame it on the public education system)
    Very sound logic

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    I think maybe Mr. McCollough missed my point.

    My point is that the AGFC has two choices........and only two.....one is to regulate an animal. As such, they can set limits, seasons, methods, yada, yada. Option two is to NOT regulate that animal. In that case, they have no say-so about whether I kill it or how I kill it or when. They, however, want the best of all worlds. Their reg that says "If it isn't a regulated game animal, you can't legally kill it" sounds good, but it's nonsense. Pigs are in that category but they tell you all day long to do this here, do that there, don't do this, all that sounds suspiciously to like a regulation!!! Then they say "We don't regulate snakes, but we will tell you that you can't kill them". Um, that is a pretty good definition of a 'regulation', I'd say.

    They do all this for one reason......if they don't make an attempt to stop you from carrying a gun and tell the Warden "Go away, I'm hog hunting", or carrying a sidearm in the woods and telling the warden "It's for snakes", then they fear that they will be arming poachers.

    I say they need to decide whether they can tell me that it's legal to kill hogs, Mt. Lions, snakes, or butterflies, and then admit that doing so is REGULATING them. The only reason that I can conjure up about them wanting to claim all these regulations for NON-regulated animals is that they don't want to count them, record or check the kills, etc... But I still say they just simply have to make a legal choice of regulating a species or ignoring that species, and they are doing everything they can to NOT make that choice.

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    I will kill EVERY snake I see no matter what kind it is because I'm such a around snakes that I feel my life is threatened by them.


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