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Outdoors / Operation Game Thief.. 1.800.992-3030 Operation Cal- Tip: 1-800.952-5400 Pahrmnp Valley Gazette, Thursday, April 24, 1997 23 Rattlesnake Redux by Ed Tomchin A body of mythology has surrounded the often wrongly maligned rattlesnake throughout human history. Some of it is accurate; most of it is wrong. Wrong information about a rattler can prove, at best to be a very painful experi- ence, and at worst, deadly. Southwest Nevada is home to three main species of rattler: the Mohave Rattler, the Sidewinder, and the Southwest Speckled Rattler. The Mohave Rattlesnake is espe- cially dangerous be- cause its venom has a very strong neurotoxic component, which is far deadlier than the hemolytic nature of most rattlesnake venom. Thanks to the help of Nevada Division of Wildlife Reptile Bi- ologist Brad Hardenbrook, and the man who is going to put the Diamondback Rattler on Nevada's map, Alex Heindl, Cu- rator of Herpetology at UNLV's Barrick Museum of Natural History, the Gazette is happy to dispel some of the more popular myths and replace them with some life-saving reality. A RATTLESNAKE ALWAYS SOUNDS A WARN- ING BEFORE STRIKING! This is a potentially fatal belief. Basically, rattlesnakes can and do strike without warning, depending on the situation. Rattlesnakes and other reptiles cannot hear, but they can easily sense vibra- tion of the ground, have good eyesight, a highly developed sense of smell and taste. When a snake flicks its tongue in and out, it is tasting the air for prey or danger. Given the opportunity, a rattler will vibrate its tail giving the familiar RATTLESNAKE MYTHS A typical southwestern rattlesnake getting ready to dispel all the myths you've heard about them! Wild Turkey Federation Banquet I I I warning if it senses you are encroaching on its zone of comfort. But if you chance on one sleeping, or other wise startle it (by stepping on it, for instance), there may be no warning. It will simply strike in self-defense. There is also some evidence to in- dicate that natural se- The Southern Nevada Chapter of the National Wild Tur- key Federation will hold its annual banquet Thursday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Gold Coast Hotel Las Vegas. Tickets are $60 for singles and $80 for couples. An annual NWTF membership is included with the purchase of either a single or couples ticket. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for NWTF educa- tion and conservation projects within Nevada. Tickets and banquet information may be obtained by contacting Guy Brown at 270-9448. lection is favoring rattlers who suppress their rattle. So don't depend on hearing one before it strikes. A RATTLE- SNAKE MUST BE COILED TO STRIKE! Another dangerous myth. A rattler can bite from any position, coiled or not, as long as it can get its head in proper position. Don't assume a rattle- snake  stretched across the trail can't bite because it's not coiled. It could be a very painful mistake and turn your outdoor experience into a very real medical emer- gency. Given the op- portunity, the rattler will try to escape your approach, but if you corner it, tease it, play with it, or in anyway block its path, it will try to strike and bite, and may be successful. A RATTLESNAKE CAN STRIKE MORE THAN TWICE ITS OWN LENGTH! This folly works in your favor. Actually a rattler can strike between 1/3 to 3/4 of its body length. However, the momentum it builds up during a strike can carry it forward and successive strikes can move its body forward through this momentum. Don't take chances. Give the rattler it's space and let it go its way. It wants to get away from you as much as you want it to go away. Maybe more. Please see more in next weeks issue Clark County Game Board to Meet The Clark County Wildlife Advisory Board will review 1997 big game quota recommendations during a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday, May 1 at the Clark County Government Building, 500 Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas. Clark County's input will be provided to the Nevada Wildlife Commission prior to the setting of deer and other big game hunting quotas. Also, on the agenda for review is a request by a Clark County hunter to change Nevada regulations to permit the use of scopes when hunting with muzzleloaders. r Fishing Report by Geoff Schneider Nevada Division of Wildlife LAKE MEAD-- Generally slow fishing has been found by the few anglers who have been trying their luck, accord- ing to the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Boaters continue to catch small numbers of striped bass by fishing deep near Sand Island. Other areas that have produced fish are Roadrunner Cove, Boxcar Cove and Fish Island. Largemouth bass are still being pulled from brush in coves. However, the action has slowed somewhat during the past week. Fly fishing for bluegill has been productive for anglers fishing around brush in coves. Casting live worms and flies is the key to catching the scrappy little fish. LAKE MOHAVE-- A 27 pound striped bass was caught last week below Willow Beach and one weighing 21 pounds was pulled from the Arizona Basin just above the narrows. Small stripers are still being taken in the narrows above Cottonwood Cove. Boaters are going deep with anchovies and squid to catch the fish. Largemouth bass are being caught in coves above and below Cottonwood Cove. Over the weekend one angler managed to catch three bass with nightcrawlers in the Arizona Basin narrows. WAYNE E. KIRCH WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA-- Cold Springs and Haymeadow reservoirs were stocked with rainbow trout Tuesday (4-22-97) by the Nevada Division of Wildlife. These were the final plants of the season at the lakes. Trout fishing has been fairly good at Haymeadow because of the heavy spring stocking. Largemouth bass fishing continues to be slow. Surveys done by NDOW biologists indicate there has been good largemouth bass spawning success over the past few years at Adams McGill Reservoir. Bass measuring from two to 13 inches were seen in last week's surveys. EAGLE VALLEY RESERVOIR -- The lake was stocked with rainbow and brown trout last week by NDOW. Plans call for the lake to be stocked again prior to the Memorial Day weekend. Heavy stocking has produced good fishing and most anglers are catching one to two fish per hour. Weather conditions have also been pleasant at the Lincoln County State Park. ECHO CANYON RESERVOIR -- Rainbow trout fishing has been fairly productive because of last week's stocking. Largemouth bass and crappie fishing are slow