Keeping an eye in the treetops can be costly in the Delta during fall hunting season — it’s not just squirrels that are moving. Water and woods guarantee a cottonmouth is close; a snake that often holds its ground when approached by an unsuspecting hunter.
On the opening morning of the 2013 squirrel season, Jon Jackson Bennett, 7, Lyon, Miss., had a huge 5 a.m. breakfast of eggs and biscuits, bathed himself in OFF!, and hit the woods, strapped with his trusty Red Ryder and a pocketknife. His morning haul brought 10 fat squirrels — and one fatter cottonmouth.
The cottonmouth was coiled beside a beaver dam and killed with a .22 by Jon Jackson’s guide and hunting partner Matthew Edmondson, Clarksdale, Miss. “I could have killed me that snake, but Matthew saw him first,” declared Jon Jackson.
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