Okeene, Oklahoma: World's Oldest Rattlesnake Hunt

Held annually since 1939. Visit the Den of Death (where the captured rattlesnakes are kept) and the Butcher Shop (where the rattlesnakes are turned into rattlesnake meat).

Address:
Hwy 51, Okeene, OK
Directions:
Registration, Den of Death, Butcher Shop, and contest at the old Okeene football field. East edge of town, on the south side of Hwy 51.
Hours:
First weekend in May. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
580-822-3101
Admission:
Free
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Okeene Rattlesnake Hunt

Okeene boasts that its Rattlesnake Hunt, held since 1939, is the World's Oldest. Rattlesnakes have been hunted since settlers first arrived, but it was entrepreneur Orville Von Gulker who turned what had been a chore into an annual competition. More recent touches are the "Den of Death" (where the captured rattlesnakes are kept) and the Butcher Shop (where the rattlesnakes are turned into rattlesnake meat). The hunt ends with the Largest Snake Contest; the winning hunter gets $150 and bragging rights.

[Okeene Diamondback Club, 04/08/2013]

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