In the past 25 years I've shot a gun once...a couple years ago hubby had me practice with the .22 and he decided then I could shoot okay. Well, I just had to shoot it again. The dogs were out in the yard raising a ruckus and when I went out to check they were surrounding the biggest cottonmouth I've ever seen! Don't know why the darn thing had to come up into the front yard (we do have a pond in the yard and had moccasin problems last year). I guess it was the tone of my voice, but I got the dogs in the house promptly, found my glasses and went out there and blew that snake's head clean off...first shot! I fired two warning shots first to make him leave and he wouldn't...just raised his head like he was going to attack. So I blew it off! Now I'm too scared to go out in the yard and move the body. And I'm afraid to let the dogs out...I don't want them messing with the dead snake. I still can't believe I shot that snake's head off from 50 or more feet away.