“For the last couple of years or so I have been using Midwest field equipment and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I believe that your hooks and tongs are the safest and most effective tools for handling venomous snakes. Midwest accessories are generally light weight, strong, and practical and with the use of proper handling methods are by far the easiest and best devices for snake handling out there. It seems that you can almost distinguish between the amateur herpers and those that are more experienced by checking out who is using Midwest tools.
I recently used my pair of 40″ Gentle Giant tongs, snake bags, and standard snake hook on a two week expedition to southern Arizona and we didn’t miss catching a single snake that we saw while we were there. We caught 5 rattlesnakes in one of our busy nights and our Midwest stuff helped keep us from getting bit. In those two weeks we caught three western diamondbacks that were in excess of three and a half feet and it was so much easier to work with them than it would have been without the hook there. The alternation of using either tongs or hooks during different situations was essential for our species list count and photographic efforts.
Almost all of my encounters with snakes are in the field so I don’t have the time to think whether or not my equipment will act as needed, so whatever I use has to be reliable every time. I highly recommend Midwest gear to anyone handling venomous snakes and will continue to purchase and use Midwest equipment for years to come. It is the best reptile handling equipment on the market by far.
Thanks for making a great product.”