To Sweetwater, Texas, where locals look like they throw rocks at Postal Service workers and own pets with names like 'free market', which they would eat if there was a power-cut. It's time for the 55th annual Rattlesnake Round-Up! But who am I to say that these folk are little more than crazed survivalists who love killing animals as much as they fear organised government? In all honesty I'm jealous.
They spend the entire day in cowboy hats getting fucked-up, eating BBQ, and wearing camo-chaps. And if you think it's wrong to round up and kill snakes then remember this: We basically have no idea where a lot of our meat comes from, and the people in these photos are definitely using every part of an animal that's spent its life in a natural habitat. Plus, a bite from one of these fuckers will leave you dead before you can say 'Obamacare'.
The photographer Matt Eich went to document this unique piece of Americana, and if you wanna check it out for yourself you can hit up the 56th Round-Up next March.
Check out more of Eich's photos over at his site. Don't tread on me @JackBlocker
Don't Panic attempt to credit photographers and content owners wherever possible, however due to the sheer size and nature of the internet this is sometimes impractical or impossible. If you see any images on our site which you believe belong to yourself or another and we have incorrectly used it please let us know at email@example.com and we will respond asap.