Sawyers to hunt on Animal Planet

June 22, 2011

Animal Planet's show "Rattlesnake Republic" will feature Sweetwater resident Riley Sawyers on Wednesday night, June 22nd at 9 p.m.

The local fascination with rattlesnakes will be getting some national attention this Wednesday evening.
Sweetwater Jaycee Riley Sawyers, along with friends Allen Wells and Brandon Watson, will be appearing on the pilot episode of "Rattlesnake Republic" on Animal Planet. The show will be broadcast at 9 p.m. on Wednesday night, June 22.
Though unable to divulge some of the show's happenings due to contract stipulations, Sawyers did share that his hunting expedition was filmed close to the Sweetwater area. He also said that while hunting would take place, there would be no rattlesnake killing featured on the episode.
In addition, the show has no ties to the World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up held each March in Sweetwater, only highlighting the hunt for rattlesnakes. Sawyers has been a Sweetwater Jaycee for the past 20 years, most notably serving as the group's president on two occasions.
Sawyers also noted that while the camera crews did slow the hunt down a bit, there wasn't much of a difference in the hunt as the cameras followed them.
Recalling how fun it was to be given the opportunity to show others how to hunt rattlesnakes, Sawyers simply stated: "It was a great experience."
According to the channel's website, "Rattlesnake Republic" highlights the Texas landscape where hunting and capturing "the continent's most dangerous predator" takes place. Four hunting teams of rattlesnake wranglers are followed throughout their adventures as they make their living.



March 26, 2012 by greegree (not verified), 3 years 3 days ago
Comment: 491

I do not see a positive to any of this with such comments made on the show. Chap My Ass ? You make Sweetwater look sooooooooooo BAD !

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February 20, 2012 by sweetexan (not verified), 3 years 5 weeks ago
Comment: 447

I met Riley today, what a cool guy. Enjoyed the visit and he even gave me his autograph for my granddaughter. I really look forward to seeing the show. This guy for sure knows his snakes. He said he had been dealing with rattle snakes for 20 years and has never been bit. He even said he ate them! WOW...Great going Riley, Thanks so much.

Hey, I think that is great.

June 22, 2011 by Moya (not verified), 3 years 40 weeks ago
Comment: 175

I think that is great. I was raised here In Sweetwater and we have been going to this event every year, we don't miss it. I think that is great. just thought I'd let you guys know.

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