I’ve had all manner of critter intersect with my target during practice. There have been rabbits, squirrels, owls, hawks, dogs, cats, horses, raccoons, turkey, chipmunks, chickens, turtles, mice, frogs, lizards and snakes. Several of them have hung around long enough to sit for a photograph. Some of those pictures I’ve posted here.
I find it odd that so many and such a variety of animal has taken time out of its day to pause near where I am shooting arrows. Only one has reached an accidental end. A tree frog was unseen and too close to an arrow. The arrow was the last thing that went through its mind.
If snakes such as moccasins or copperhead slithered past they were always greeting with an unfriendly welcome. If one of those passed within range of the pistol I carry for just such encounters it would eventually be shot. That is so long as it held still long enough. Copperheads being stubborn have been the easiest to reach with a bullet.
Today, I was using one of my target butts as a desk to record shots. On it I laid a pad and pen. After each end I’d record the results.
On the last end as I was recording the shots I noticed out of the corner of my eye the target butt edge was moving. Looking in the direction of the motion there crawled a black snake.
I have no idea how long it had been there. Using an arrow I scooted it away. Believe me I was pleased it wasn’t a rattlesnake.