In my part of KY, the only thing I really have to worry about are the ticks and mosquitos, and the DEET I use does a pretty good job of keeping them away. KY is home to 3 venomous snakes: the rattlesnake, cotton mouth, and the copper head. I've never seen any of these snakes in all of the years I've been out in the woods so I don't really worry about them. I'm like dewey, though, I'm sure glad I don't have to worry about running into alligators and hogs in the wee morning hours. We do have quite a few coyotes that run around here but I've never had any type of encounter like the one Rob described. I will say this though, there's nothing scarier than sitting under a tree in the pitch dark waiting for sunrise, and you hear a group of coyotes howling at about 100 yards off. Happened to me twice last year and I about wet myself both times!