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In the field, there is nothing more frustrating than the one that got away, especially if it got away because you were fumbling with a pillowcase. You can purchase an excellent bagstick from Midwest (tongs.com), or make your own out of a broom handle, a stiff metal bar welded in a triangular or hoop shape, and some heavy clamps. The bagstick holds the sack open so that you can quickly hook the snake into it, and then you remove the sack full of snake from the stick to tie it off.