Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt   - Apr 06, 2017 to Apr 09, 2017

Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt Main Street
200 N Main
Waurika, OK 73573

Phone: 580-228-2838
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Come for the thrill of Waurika's annual rattlesnake hunt. Activities include carnival rides, games, food vendors, a flea market, thrill show and caravan hunting of Diamondback rattlesnakes. Have a "fangtastic" time as you witness snake handlers perform daring and courageous feats in a pit with live rattlesnakes. Have your picture taken with a live Diamondback rattlesnake in the on-site photobooth, or put your taste buds to the test with a helping of deep-fried rattlesnake meat. Snake meat, rattlers and hides will be up for sale. Join in the 5K or 1 mile fun run on Saturday. Prizes ...

Come for the thrill of Waurika's annual rattlesnake hunt. Activities include carnival rides, games, food vendors, a flea market, thrill show and caravan hunting of Diamondback rattlesnakes. Have a "fangtastic" time as you witness snake handlers perform daring and courageous feats in a pit with live rattlesnakes. Have your picture taken with a live Diamondback rattlesnake in the on-site photobooth, or put your taste buds to the test with a helping of deep-fried rattlesnake meat. Snake meat, rattlers and hides will be up for sale. Join in the 5K or 1 mile fun run on Saturday. Prizes are awarded for the longest snake captured, the most rattles and more.

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  • General Information: Free admission

  • Group Amenities: Bus/Motorcoach Parking

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): US-81

  • Projected Attendance: 25,000

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Sunday

7:00 am

4:00 pm

Thursday

6:00 pm

10:00 am

Friday

7:00 am

10:00 pm

Saturday

7:00 am

10:00 pm

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Stephen Dyer




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From Sarah on 04/04/16

Just know the photo you take will be with a dying snake. Playing with them, torturing them, and then killing them is typical behavior for people who think it keeps the population under control. I went years ago and found it so depressing that I left after ten minutes of seeing snakes writhe in pain and those psychos laughing. I've had reptiles as pets and the way those snakes were treated should be considered criminal. They took small snakes and dumped them out of a bag only to stomp on them, grab them with their bare hands, and then toss them back into the same bag. It's sick and sad. Save your money and time. The way the snakes are killed and cooked isn't sanitary or monitored by any health department plus idiots let their kids touch snakes but don't wash their hands afterwards. It's a roundup in ignorance and poor hygiene.


From BLP on 04/03/16

I have hunted these snakes for 30 years in Oklahoma, most of them around the Waurika area. There are plenty of them left out there, and yes they can kill you. the mouth of the snake used for pictures is sewn shut for safety, the fangs are intact inside. Even if you don't like the snakes or the hunting of them, the event raises good money for the fire department and town.


From Stephanie on 03/06/16

I am from Waurika. I attend the snake hunt every year. Some of these comments are a bit ridiculous. My family has run the snake pit for years. The mouth of a rattlesnake is sewed shut for pictures. The snakes fangs are not pulled. Why would they sew the mouth shut if this was the case? Think about it. Some may find it inhumane, and it is a bit harsh. However, this does control the snake population. These snakes are dangerous and will kill you, so it is nice to keep the population under control. All of these snakes are killed, and the meat is cooked. So technically it is like hunting for food. It's not that serious, nor is the snake hunt going to change. If you do not like it, don't go.


From CALVIN GASTON on 01/17/16

Why don't you have dates up for 2016 most of the other places do?


From Ferd Burffle on 04/10/15

OMG, they DO sew the snakes' mouths shut, after they pull out the fangs. There's even a petition on Change.org to stop what some, including me, regard as barbaric, inhumane behavior.


From rufus quadlebaum on 04/08/15

Sew they mouf shut??? Recon they could dew muh wife fer me? I'd pay handsum. On the serious side, I'd like to purchase live snakes. I've been doing it for years at okeene but thought I'd try waurika as I heard it's a good show


From Ray Man on 02/19/14

Jams, How da ya spel tha nme of ur twon?


From james on 09/09/13

i am from the twon of waurika where the snake hunt is held and they do sew the snakes mouth shut for taken pictures


From NewOkie on 04/13/13

It isn't disgusting. It's that many LESS Rattlers to bite us out here. It's population control. Considering their natural predators are few, I think it's an effective means of keeping their numbers manageable around here.


From Shauna on 04/09/13

Come on, REALLY ... It's apparent you've never been there. They do not sew the snakes mouth shut ... they are properly trained to hold the snakes mouth/throat so the snake is unable to strike. Know your facts before you go throwing incorrect comments, please.


From Ray Autry on 04/03/13

They sew the mouth of the rattlesnake shut. That's how it doesn't bite you.


From Christoph on 03/19/13

Disgusting ! This is so... Ahh... You are no Humans, You are Monsters !


From Scot on 03/18/13

How do you get a picture taken with a live rattlesnake without it biting you?


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