Today marks the official start to Oklahoma’s rattlesnake hunting season. The season applies to prairie rattlesnakes, western diamondback rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnakes, and massasaugas. There is no size restrictions or daily bag limits. So, hunters can catch as many as they can carry.
To legally hunt rattlesnakes, each hunter must have a valid resident or nonresident hunting license, unless otherwise exempt. Exemptions to the licensing requirement can be found here. In addition to the licensing requirement, no hunter shall introduce any toxic substance, including gasoline, into or around dens for the purpose of taking rattlesnakes. Such method of harvest is ILLEGAL. In addition, any rattlesnake that is taken illegally cannot legally be sold at an organized hunt. Doing so is a violation of state law.
I encourage everyone who hasn’t traveled into the wild to hunt rattlesnakes to try it just once. Hunting rattlesnakes is a great way to walk off your winter gut, enjoy nature, and get your adrenaline going. As my cousin once said, “snake hunting is [his] bungee jump.” So, take a leap, expand your horizons, and do something that will earn you some bragging rights among your friends.
For more information on state laws related to snake hunting, please visit the Oklahoma Wildlife Department’s website.