Python hunting

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March 14th, 2017 at 1:20:24 AM permalink
rxwine
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In the four years since, Florida’s python problem has gotten worse. The giant snakes have turned up in Key Largo and on an island in Biscayne Bay, which means they’re swimming significant distances in salty water. Native animals continue to disappear at an alarming rate and pythons are still dueling alligators for supremacy atop the Everglades food chain.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/one-florida-agency-put-out-a-want-ad-for-python-killers/ar-AAogQhZ?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp
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March 14th, 2017 at 4:50:32 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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The tribesmen were obviously good and certainly put in many hours but have now returned to India.

I don't think any bounty is in effect now. I understand snakes tend to sleep in roadways so that may be a help. I don't mind if the snakes put a dent in the aligator population.
March 14th, 2017 at 11:48:37 AM permalink
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SEVENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR TWO F#$%ING MONTHS?! Four of you mf'ers live there, and I got no call?!?!

Reckon when I bust out of the USPS, I'm grabbing my truck and boots and starting a business down south...
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March 14th, 2017 at 12:41:07 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Heck Face, up in your neck of the woods rural types are making over a million a year and causing a currency crisis in Maine by raising eels that are sold in Japan for umpteen zillion dollars or so. Eels migrate from the Sargasso Sea (salt water) to fresh water rivers and back again. Capture one migrating female and you can get thousands of eels. One woman had a tub a bit smaller than a post office tub stolen from her home: lost 160k worth of eels.

Pythons are a growing and major problem but it will take time for budgets to be created in response to the situation. Wait for a few more headlines and missing pets and missing people, you will soon get real money. The numbers of pythons are well beyond what the agencies are stating (I have this on the authority of the local Good Ole Boys who make sure their sons get a swig of Jack Daniels, A cigar and shoot a boar before they are seven.)

Remember though when SAR teams venture into the Everglades there is a man with a rifle AT THE READY... Panthers and Gators.

RE: Seventy thousand dollars.... was not INCOME to the trappers but costs of going to India to hire them and their translators, escort them to the USA, hotel them for awhile for 'cultural awareness sessions' and transport them, the translators and observers into the wilds.
March 14th, 2017 at 12:41:07 PM permalink
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Sorry folks I don't know why all my mouse clicks seem to be double clicks. I put up a notice at the local country store but no naked sixteen year old girl has shown up to wash the dishes or clean out my mouse.
March 14th, 2017 at 1:25:16 PM permalink
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Quote: Fleastiff
Heck Face, up in your neck of the woods rural types are making over a million a year and causing a currency crisis in Maine by raising eels that are sold in Japan for umpteen zillion dollars or so. Eels migrate from the Sargasso Sea (salt water) to fresh water rivers and back again. Capture one migrating female and you can get thousands of eels. One woman had a tub a bit smaller than a post office tub stolen from her home: lost 160k worth of eels.


Now that's right up my alley. But I'm NY. I don't even have to look to know that particular activity is illegal =p

Quote: Flea
Remember though when SAR teams venture into the Everglades there is a man with a rifle AT THE READY... Panthers and Gators.


Do you really get panther attacks down there? I can't recall of hearing of one down there ever, and what "big cat" attacks I do hear about (save Asian tigers) all seem to be very sporadic and random. Like one of those things you simply don't worry about.

But if you'd like to get out of the house, I'll have a 5.56 waiting for you =)

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RE: Seventy thousand dollars.... was not INCOME to the trappers but costs of going to India to hire them and their translators, escort them to the USA, hotel them for awhile for 'cultural awareness sessions' and transport them, the translators and observers into the wilds.


Pah. I already speak English, both the Queen's and the Yank's, and I am fluent in Good Ol' Boy. $400 for a plane ticket and $40 for some boots and I'd have been set. Spend my weekends learning to fly with Babs. It coulda been a real good time...
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March 14th, 2017 at 1:34:59 PM permalink
Fleastiff
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Panther attacks are very rare. Very old cats who wander in search of food or panthers in the Everglades who feel themselves 'cornered'. Its just that if a panther goes for you you've got three seconds to shoot and shoot successfully. The rule is that if you see a Panther, its been watching you for thirty minutes.

Note: Pythons... recently a hunter from Miami encountered a young deer with a python around its neck choking the air out of it. The hunter approached and fired one shot at the snakes head thinking that would suffice, the snake sprang into action and the hunter had to fire a total of nine shots at ultra close range and still had quite a battle over it. They ain't easy to kill. And even if armed, you better have lots of ammo.

Re: Eeels shipped to Japan at outrageous prices: Yes. Illegal in NY. Legal ONLY in Maine and South Carolina where I think there are permit lotteries and a limited nocturnal season. Federal reserve had to do something with all those large bills in Maine. America's eels are depleted and endangered but those who can legally make things worse by shipping them to Japan are getting rich with a capital R.
March 15th, 2017 at 4:23:23 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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Quote: Fleastiff
The hunter approached and fired one shot at the snakes head thinking that would suffice, the snake sprang into action and the hunter had to fire a total of nine shots at ultra close range and still had quite a battle over it. They ain't easy to kill. And even if armed, you better have lots of ammo.


I'd have to think he missed with the first shot - nothing survives getting brained [he may have hit the head and not the brain tho].

Sometimes you realize extra shots you take were un-needed - the amount of flopping around that can go on is surprising. It's happened to me often enough.
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March 15th, 2017 at 6:38:34 AM permalink
Fleastiff
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Quote: odiousgambit
I'd have to think he missed with the first shot
I know its a cell phone camera video and a poor quality one at that but I would appreciate receiving your comments since I think the hunter felt himself in danger during the ordeal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYS22Wh5DIE
March 15th, 2017 at 9:35:44 AM permalink
odiousgambit
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Quote: Fleastiff
I know its a cell phone camera video and a poor quality one at that but I would appreciate receiving your comments since I think the hunter felt himself in danger during the ordeal.


do we see the head of the snake before the first shot? I can't tell that we can, so did he just shoot it 'somewhere'?

too hard to tell much from that other than there were a lot of shots and he wound up out of breath. I get the idea that he wasn't hitting vital spots and the snake was getting away. Do we see it turn on him briefly? Maybe.

Getting out of breath could have meant trying to move something heavy, or the excitement, or whatever.

if he tried to handle the snake, he could have been in big danger, but I think he would have put away or dropped his cell phone. We'd have the moments with no picture last longer.
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