I am always armed when out and about here.Our house is 90 feet from a 5 acre pond . . . . Moccasins galore! Copperheads around everywhere.
I have heard Blacksnakes will kill other snakes and I've also heard this is not true.
I do not know either way.
What does the M14 guys say about this?
Sounds like high boots, a bamboo pole, and an old revolver with snakeshot are in your future.