Avoid Snake Bites

Blocker Outdoors offers snake protection for hunters, birders, hikers, herpers, and more. 

MUSKEGON, MI (May 17, 2023) – The U.S. Centers for Disease control estimates that 7,000 to 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes annually. (Note: snakes can be venomous, not poisonous – there’s a difference.) Few deaths are attributed to the venomous bites, however, but the aftermath can be miserable, even life changing.

Rattlesnake venom is largely composed of hemotoxins. So, beyond the initial unfathomably painful bite, and after the instant bleeding and swelling, you can experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and labored breathing. Left untreated, the strike can lead to organ failure, and in some instances, death.

Water and marsh-oriented cottonmouth snakes – colloquially referred to as water moccasins – also carry hemotoxic venom. And past the bodily effects listed for rattlesnake bites, both cottonmouth and rattlesnake bites can cause necrosis, which breaks down blood cells and can lead to temporary or permanent tissue and muscle damage.

The widely distributed copperhead snake also carries hemotoxins, but bites are generally not considered deadly. Yet, a strike is wickedly painful, and you can expect swelling, throbbing, and possible nausea.

The takeaway is avoid getting bitten, but not run scared and avoid outdoor activities. To that, Blocker Outdoors offers an array of snake protection gear. And suggested use goes well beyond hunting. Birders, hikers, bank anglers, and general outdoor enthusiasts active in areas with known snake populations should all consider snake bite protection.


Nexus Outdoors, headquartered in Muskegon, MI, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of performance, hunting and casual odor-controlling apparel, footwear and equipment under the ScentLok Technologies®, OZ®, Blocker Outdoors®, Whitewater, Hard Core® Waterfowl Hunting Apparel and Tree Spider® brands. It also owns American Range Systems, manufacturer and distributor of the world’s strongest and safest bullet traps. Nexus Outdoors is the only company with access to all scent-controlling technologies, including their patented Carbon Alloy™ and Cold Fusion Catalyst™ technologies, which provide superior success in the field. ScentLok and Blocker Outdoors are pioneers in the hunting industry, which many credit with creating a market focused on superior scent control to get closer to big game.


Noel Vick

Traditions Media, LLC

(612) 708-7339