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(Yahoo)   Let's see how the python hunt is doing in Florida   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 76
    More: Followup, Everglades National Park, Burmese pythons, Burmese, Ron Polster, venomous snakes  
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2013-01-10 04:03:41 PM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: Sounds like a good time to me. I've spent some time out there in the swamps.


Me and two others in a 12' rented johnboat (college days) out fishing in the Florida swamps.

Ooh, look, here comes a pretty bird. Oh, cool, it's a heron!
Whoa, it's going to land right next to us!

*blub*
Gator's underwater diving wake rocks the little boat ferociously.

Nothing but silence in the attempted landing, just disappeared on the opposite side of a patch of hydrilla.


And yeah, sawgrass is mean.

I love Burmese pythons. Almost was an owner- it just was the thought that when it grew too big to handle, I'd either have to kill it or find a zoo.
Glad I didn't contribute to this problem, but I'd love to hand-club me a pair of boots.
Hopefully I can find someone that will make some with their catch.
 
2013-01-10 04:10:13 PM  
I suppose this is the new edition "upperclass twit of the year".
With an amurikan spin...

Instead of such notable competitors as Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith and Gervaise Brook-Hampster, we'll get Jim Bob Huckleberry and Everett Drew O'micheal-Brian...
 
2013-01-10 04:16:48 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: I'm really looking forward to Sunday's aftermath reports. We're gonna wear the pixels off the Florida tag! :-)


Would that really count though? In this one rare instance, my money is on the Floridians. It is, after all, their turf. I'm guessing it will be the people from out of state that will get in the most trouble. I'm from Minnesota and I can guarantee I would probably be dead with 20 minutes of entering the swamp.
 
2013-01-10 04:17:11 PM  

dittybopper: metallion: God... 500 people enter... 50 leave... It ain't the pythons you need to worry about skippy.. You tenderfeet are gonna get yo' ass chomped by a gator, bit by a moccasin, or cut yourself to ribbons on sawgrass..

Please Darwin and God.. Rain fire down upon these dumbasses...

Why? Don't you *WANT* the Everglades to be habitat for anything other than Burmese Pythons?


Seems like 500 thrill seekers stomping around with guns and ball bats are going to cause a lot more problems than those pythons....

I can see EMT's and triage teams being very busy this coming weekend...
 
2013-01-10 04:24:38 PM  
"The stated goal of the competition is to raise awareness of the threat Burmese pythons pose to the Everglades ecosystem."

To about the same degree that a Hooters Girl calendar is to raise awareness of breast cancer.
 
2013-01-10 04:47:25 PM  
Several reality show producers contacted me after I entered. I'm going to try my luck this weekend.
 
2013-01-10 04:59:39 PM  

metallion: God... 500 people enter... 50 leave... It ain't the pythons you need to worry about skippy.. You tenderfeet are gonna get yo' ass chomped by a gator, bit by a moccasin, or cut yourself to ribbons on sawgrass..

Please Darwin and God.. Rain fire down upon these dumbasses...


No why would you wish that?
Sure the majority are most likely going to get their asses kicked by the swamp.
But I would think that would happen from the start, so most of the show will be over rather quickly.
But so what? They choose it, its what they wanted to do. Nobody is marching them out there at gun point.
It is pretty much a good thing that they are trying to do. Perhaps a bit misguided depending on your view point. But still, they're not hurting anybody, except maybe someone by an errant shot and hopefully some snakes.
 
2013-01-10 05:02:44 PM  
Frack these mouth breathers in the ass with an anal intruder 2000. These pythons are a endangered species in the wild in thier native habitat. How many people would want to kill em all if a cute endangered species like pandas was taking over
 
2013-01-10 05:12:20 PM  
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2013-01-10 05:21:25 PM  

Oldiron_79: These pythons are a endangered species in the wild in thier native habitat.


Fark that 'native habitat' eco-elitist talk. We're all immigrants here in America and no critter has more of a right to be here than any other. Some may be preferable (Burmese pythons) to others (fire ants), but there is no sacred 'correct' fauna.
 
2013-01-10 05:26:39 PM  
Any Farkers up for some drinks in the Ft. Myers Beach area January 19th or 20th? Maybe at Lani Kai?
 
2013-01-10 05:33:22 PM  

TheOther: Oldiron_79: These pythons are a endangered species in the wild in thier native habitat.

Fark that 'native habitat' eco-elitist talk. We're all immigrants here in America and no critter has more of a right to be here than any other. Some may be preferable (Burmese pythons) to others (fire ants), but there is no sacred 'correct' fauna.


Some are even protected, like horses. They're an introduced invasive species in the west, but rather than being exterminated, they're protected.
 
2013-01-10 06:06:49 PM  

jshine: TheOther: Oldiron_79: These pythons are a endangered species in the wild in thier native habitat.

Fark that 'native habitat' eco-elitist talk. We're all immigrants here in America and no critter has more of a right to be here than any other. Some may be preferable (Burmese pythons) to others (fire ants), but there is no sacred 'correct' fauna.

Some are even protected, like horses. They're an introduced invasive species in the west, but rather than being exterminated, they're protected.


To an extent... they do have round-ups to sell wild horses and keep the herd numbers in check.
 
2013-01-10 06:15:33 PM  
They need to destruct additional pythons
 
2013-01-10 06:22:26 PM  
jshine: TheOther: Oldiron_79: These pythons are a endangered species in the wild in thier native habitat.

Fark that 'native habitat' eco-elitist talk. We're all immigrants here in America and no critter has more of a right to be here than any other. Some may be preferable (Burmese pythons) to others (fire ants), but there is no sacred 'correct' fauna.

Some are even protected, like horses. They're an introduced invasive species in the west, but rather than being exterminated, they're protected.


Yup could you imagine the uproar if someone wanted to exterminate the invasive horses?
 
2013-01-10 06:26:07 PM  
I'm still looking for a Colt Python.
 
2013-01-10 07:02:46 PM  

hundreddollarman: I'm still looking for a Colt Python.


Rather have one of those than a Anaconda to be honest, cheaper to "feed".
 
2013-01-10 07:17:44 PM  

Fano: Probably not as good as a great cat massacre.


Oh now don't you worry nothing bout that now ya hear? I kill kittens all day long.
 
2013-01-10 08:34:13 PM  

hundreddollarman: I'm still looking for a Colt Python.


They're beauties. Had one once. Sold it. How I rue the day. What're they now, like a grand?
 
2013-01-10 09:21:18 PM  

John Buck 41: hundreddollarman: I'm still looking for a Colt Python.

They're beauties. Had one once. Sold it. How I rue the day. What're they now, like a grand?


That would be a hell of an offer. Saw one on sale on consignment for $1,400. That seems to be the floor for what people are asking for. A Python and a 1911 are my Holy Grails of guns for my collection. The Walther PPK used to be on that short list, but I bought one last month. It's been good to me.
 
2013-01-10 09:47:06 PM  
So you get your permit and go python hunting. You either get your snake or the critters there get you. A big win for all involved.
 
2013-01-10 09:48:15 PM  

hundreddollarman: John Buck 41: hundreddollarman: I'm still looking for a Colt Python.

They're beauties. Had one once. Sold it. How I rue the day. What're they now, like a grand?

That would be a hell of an offer. Saw one on sale on consignment for $1,400. That seems to be the floor for what people are asking for. A Python and a 1911 are my Holy Grails of guns for my collection. The Walther PPK used to be on that short list, but I bought one last month. It's been good to me.


1400? Yikes.

I have a 1911 now but (alas) not a Colt, though I have owned a couple from that fine company. As Col. Jeff Cooper once said when asked "Where do you get your Colts?"..."My dear, I don't getmy Colts. I  have my Colts."
 
2013-01-10 10:01:30 PM  

metallion: God... 500 people enter... 50 leave... It ain't the pythons you need to worry about skippy.. You tenderfeet are gonna get yo' ass chomped by a gator, bit by a moccasin, or cut yourself to ribbons on sawgrass..

Please Darwin and God.. Rain fire down upon these dumbasses...


Please God and Darwin... Send this assfark a hurricane, compliments of Florida.
 
2013-01-10 10:55:36 PM  

John Buck 41: hundreddollarman: John Buck 41: hundreddollarman: I'm still looking for a Colt Python.

They're beauties. Had one once. Sold it. How I rue the day. What're they now, like a grand?

That would be a hell of an offer. Saw one on sale on consignment for $1,400. That seems to be the floor for what people are asking for. A Python and a 1911 are my Holy Grails of guns for my collection. The Walther PPK used to be on that short list, but I bought one last month. It's been good to me.

1400? Yikes.

I have a 1911 now but (alas) not a Colt, though I have owned a couple from that fine company. As Col. Jeff Cooper once said when asked "Where do you get your Colts?"..."My dear, I don't getmy Colts. I  have my Colts."


What model do you have? I've been putting it off for a while, but I am definitely planning on getting a 1911 in 2013. I'd love to get a Kimber TLE. Great gun, but kind of steep for my current finances. I also like the Springfield Milspec models or a basic Kimber Custom. I also wish that Beretta would come out with a 1911 model, but that's just fantasy.
 
2013-01-10 11:20:01 PM  

hundreddollarman: John Buck 41: hundreddollarman: John Buck 41: hundreddollarman: I'm still looking for a Colt Python.

They're beauties. Had one once. Sold it. How I rue the day. What're they now, like a grand?

That would be a hell of an offer. Saw one on sale on consignment for $1,400. That seems to be the floor for what people are asking for. A Python and a 1911 are my Holy Grails of guns for my collection. The Walther PPK used to be on that short list, but I bought one last month. It's been good to me.

1400? Yikes.

I have a 1911 now but (alas) not a Colt, though I have owned a couple from that fine company. As Col. Jeff Cooper once said when asked "Where do you get your Colts?"..."My dear, I don't getmy Colts. I  have my Colts."

What model do you have? I've been putting it off for a while, but I am definitely planning on getting a 1911 in 2013. I'd love to get a Kimber TLE. Great gun, but kind of steep for my current finances. I also like the Springfield Milspec models or a basic Kimber Custom. I also wish that Beretta would come out with a 1911 model, but that's just fantasy.


Auto Ordnance. Used. Bare bones, no bells or whistles. Parkerized. I got (what I consider, given the current market, post-Newtown) a good deal. And yes, I would love to have a Kimber or a Colt but like you said--steep. You might want to look into a Taurus .45 because it  doeshave some bells/whistles and retails (IIRC) for a bit over $700.
 
2013-01-11 03:15:17 AM  
This insane plan just might work.

Back in the 60's, growing up in Florida, I rarely saw an alligator, even when camping in the swamps. I could swim in most lakes and rivers without having to carefully check to see if a gator was lurking there.

See, hunters had all but made them extinct. The hides were sold for leather and handbags, babies caught and stuffed for tourists, the meat sold, gator heads were preserved by taxidermy and sold like wild fire.

Then the eco-nuts stepped in and we had to stop killing off this nearly brainless eating machine. Now, we have gator farms, processing the hides and meat, while returning a percentage to the wild that they raised in captivity and they're all over the freakin' place now.

Maybe they'll hunt the snakes to extinction. We lost a lot of morons during gator hunts, so it's kind of a win-win situation when battling the Florida Everglades.
The 'Glade's aint no place for amateurs either. They're hot, nearly 100% humidity, usually full of dark water in which lurk assorted poisonous snakes and the ever nasty gators. It's bug City, with mosquitoes there so thick, especially at night, that they can just about cover you, assorted huge spiders with webs seemingly made from wire and a whole lot more critters with nasty stingers attached.

Water moccasins are poisonous and will chase your arse if you bug them. Under the waters lay layers of mud, rotted branches, snags, bogs and tangles of roots. The saw grass will eat you alive and grows head high at times. It tends to obscure anything nasty you might be walking towards.

We have short tempered wild boar there and snapping turtles big enough to remove your toes -- even through your boots. Camp on a hummock and you need to watch for scorpions, Coral Snakes, Rattlers, the Florida Panther and the ever present gator. It's best if you camp in one of those survival hammocks, the things you sling between two trees, that have a roof, mosquito netting walls and roll down canvass sides.

The heat and humidity is oppressive. The place reeks of rotting vegetable matter. If you don't carry enough fresh water, you had best know how to treat the scummy swamp water and make it safe to drink. I'd suggest you also carry salt tablets because you're going to sweat like crazy.

Many will go in but some might not come back out.

If they go in during mating or nesting season for the gators, things will get a whole lot more entertaining. It's safer to play chicken with a Mac truck than fool with a Momma gator guarding her nest.

My preferred weapon for the swamp? An RPG.
 
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