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Win $1,500 for catching Burmese pythons in South Florida
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2012-12-05/news/fl-python-challenge-20121205_1_burmese-pythons-python-hunters-invasive-snakes ^ | December 5, 2012 | |By David Fleshler

Posted on 12/06/2012 1:10:36 PM PST by dennisw

Participants must take an online training course, with additional training available at the Jan. 12 event. The python must be killed in a humane manner, using a firearm or other methods outlined in the training materials. The dead pythons must be brought within 24 hours to one of three drop-off locations in Davie, Miami and Naples. For a complete list of rules, go to http://www.pythonchallenge.org.

Hunters can compete for cash prizes for catching the most Burmese pythons…

Think you can catch a $1,000 snake? The state wildlife commission is enlisting the profit motive in the fight against the Burmese pythons that have colonized the Everglades.

The 2013 Python Challenge will be held next month on South Florida's public hunting lands, with the public invited to compete for cash prizes. Winners will receive $1,000 for catching the longest snake and $1,500 for catching the most.

The event will begin Jan. 12 at the University of Florida's Davie campus with a daylong open house on pythons and other invasive species.

From there, it will be off to the wilderness, with competitors allowed to catch snakes in any of four state wildlife management areas: Francis S. Taylor, Holey Land, Rotenberger and Big Cypress. The prizes will be awarded in separate contests for the general public and for state-licensed python hunters.

A hunting license is not required, except for participants under 18.

"The [Florida Wildife Commission] is encouraging the public to get involved in helping us remove Burmese pythons from public lands in south Florida," said Kristen Sommers, head of the commission's Exotic Species Coordination Section. "By enlisting both the public and Florida's python permit holders in a monthlong competitive harvesting of Burmese pythons, we hope to motivate more people to find and harvest these large, invasive snakes."

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TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: fl; florida; partytime; pythons; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 12/06/2012 1:10:39 PM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw

How about machetes?


2 posted on 12/06/2012 1:11:21 PM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw

Are they tasty? Hunt them for food.


3 posted on 12/06/2012 1:14:03 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: dennisw
It would be kind of neat to get a python holster for your Python...


4 posted on 12/06/2012 1:19:52 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: dennisw
Great idea. We should use this model for white-tailed deer up here in the northland.
5 posted on 12/06/2012 1:21:10 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: dennisw

If they were serious, they’d offer a bounty per head. I’m not going to go hunt snakes on the chance I might win some money, but if you gave me, say, fifty bucks a snake guaranteed, then I’m listening.


6 posted on 12/06/2012 1:22:02 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: dennisw

They want the things killed they should stop worrying about how it’s done. Blowing their head off with a shotgun would be my preferred method.


7 posted on 12/06/2012 1:23:15 PM PST by Venturer
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To: dennisw
Goog for FL....

Now, how about the same reward for bagging (albeit humanely) the immigrants who have intentionally introduced them...

Maybe MD can do the same for the snakehead...

8 posted on 12/06/2012 1:23:54 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: dennisw

There are also contests for hunting down another invasive species: Lionfish. A fringe benefit of spearing them is they taste great. Better than grouper. However, you have to be careful of their poisonous spines. Best to cut them off with scissors right after spearing them.


9 posted on 12/06/2012 1:25:59 PM PST by PJ-Comix (Beware the Rip in the Space/Time Continuum)
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To: dennisw

Could the Burmese python cross breed with the African Rock python? If so, what type of snake would that create? I have heard it is quite possible in Florida where these two types of snakes have been released into the wild.


10 posted on 12/06/2012 1:26:41 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Boogieman

Isn’t this incredibly dangerous??

These things are huge!!


11 posted on 12/06/2012 1:40:52 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Boogieman

Exactly. They are going to attract rooty toots not serious hunters and end up spending loads of money on search and rescue ops. A reasonable bounty makes more sense. Or just an open season that allows the sale of the hides on the open market.


12 posted on 12/06/2012 1:45:14 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Sounds like fun.

Florida Freeper


13 posted on 12/06/2012 1:47:51 PM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...
Sounds like fun.

Florida Freeper


14 posted on 12/06/2012 1:48:54 PM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: dennisw; 9422WMR
Or they could just import this...

It only infects pythons and constrictors.

15 posted on 12/06/2012 1:50:04 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: canuck_conservative

Well, it shouldn’t be too dangerous if you are smart about it. After all, no matter how big they are, they can’t hurt you if you shoot them from a distance.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 1:50:40 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Could the Burmese python cross breed with the African Rock python? If so, what type of snake would that create?

That would make a BurRock python, that serpent of old, known by its worshipers as a BurRock Obama...

17 posted on 12/06/2012 1:53:16 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: dennisw

If I catch any it will be with .22LR hollowpoints.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 1:54:26 PM PST by sport
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To: dennisw
Where's da damn snake y'all worried bout?


19 posted on 12/06/2012 1:57:47 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: null and void

You’re quick. Nice word play. :-)


20 posted on 12/06/2012 1:59:25 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

“If the two python species mate, they may spawn a hybrid species, as has happened in captivity. And because of a biological phenomenon called hybrid vigor, there’s an off chance the resulting snakes could be hardier, more powerful predators—assuming they’re not sterile, as many hybrids are...”

From: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/09/090911-pythons-florida-giant-snakes.html

Yikes.


21 posted on 12/06/2012 2:30:44 PM PST by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
Could the Burmese python cross breed with the African Rock python?
If so, what type of snake would that create?


22 posted on 12/06/2012 3:04:45 PM PST by Slyfox (The key to Marxism is medicine - V. Lenin)
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To: dennisw

Some of these pythons in the Everglades are huge. Seems that the bounty should be paid for length and weight.


23 posted on 12/06/2012 3:15:22 PM PST by Rapscallion ( OBAMA: You own it now. See if you can govern it.)
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To: dennisw
I wonder how many people will go "hunting" online for the reward money: http://pets.oodle.com/reptiles/for-sale/pet_breed_burmese_python/
24 posted on 12/06/2012 3:38:44 PM PST by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: dennisw; GladesGuru

Freeper Gladesguru is already right in the middle of them!


25 posted on 12/06/2012 4:00:16 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment,a Matter of Fact,Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: dennisw

I posted that back in August, IIRC.

“sounds like a solution to the snakes that are invading Floriduh....”

No, NO, NOOOO ! ! !

Agencies and AgencyPerson jobs are depending on a new “Invasive Species” to control. Down in the Swamp of Socialism, AKA The Everglades, AgencyPersons used Invasive Species control money to exterminate the wild hogs in the Everglades.

According to the Armed & Rangerous, even though hogs had lived in all of Florida for the last 400 years, the habitats were not adapted to the destruction caused by ‘Boss Hawg’ and family.

So, your tax bucks were used to kill off the hogs, anand in my area, Ranger Randy and the rest of the Armed & Rangerous instituted their own version of Aporkalypse Now. These uniformed clowns burned lots of helicopter hours and scads of ammo. ParkMan won the “Battle of the Hawg”, and so did the pythons.

As anyone with more intelligence than a Pet Rock knows, pigs love snake. They think of a snake as a delicacy. Should a herd of hogs encounter a large python, and should the python wrap around Harry the hawg, the rest of the herd will happily chow down the snake. And, should Harry not be in shape to join the feeding frenzy, he will be eaten as well.

But, the Goobers from the Gooberment “deemed” the hawgs to be an invasive species. Result: No hawgs and the pythons are hawging down everything in sight. The largest one to date was 17.5 feet long!

Making it worse is that ParkMan requires snake hunters to capture the snakes alive. Not only that, they do not allow power vehicles in Everglades National Park and the rest of the Glades vehicle use area is effectively reduced to a tiny portion.

So, ParkMan wants us to capture alive snakes up to 17+ feet long and carry them miles back to the road. Not surprisingly, both Rambo and Superman declined offers to hunt python.

Conclusion: The Founders were correct when they carefully limited Federal ownership of land to the few listed in the Constitution. Government can’t manage land, and ParkMan’s failed “Aporkalypse Now” program proved the Founders correct.

Ask the pythons!

8 posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 1:37:43 PM by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles.”.


26 posted on 12/06/2012 7:34:50 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: dennisw
The python must be killed in a humane manner......

Like blowing its f'n head off with your shotgun

27 posted on 12/06/2012 9:49:19 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Joe Brower; JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; ...
"...Sounds like fun..."

SNAKES ARE NOT FUN, JOE!!! THEY'RE VICIOUS PREDATORS THAT WILL SCARE THE $HIT OUT OF YOU!!!

Well, that's in MY backyard anyway ............................................................................................... FRegards

28 posted on 12/06/2012 10:10:19 PM PST by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: dennisw
Like blowing its f'n head off with your shotgun

Unscrew that turkey choke and toss it, screw in the python choke.

29 posted on 12/06/2012 10:11:03 PM PST by eartrumpet
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To: gonzo
Sounds like my definition of 'fun' is a bit different from yours. Always been a water-rat, and snakes & other reptiles, bugs, etc. have never bothered me.

I've bagged a few, eaten 'em, and made belts out of the hide. A python isn't going to last against the old Remington 870 running #4 buck. I just want to make sure I keep enough for not just a belt, but boots and a hat.

30 posted on 12/07/2012 4:38:08 AM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: Joe Brower
"...Always been a water-rat, and snakes & other reptiles, bugs, etc. have never bothered me..."

Well, water doesn't bother me - I love fishing still, but snakes creep me out.

You take your Remington 870 and I'll bring my M61 Vulcan. You can stitch yourself some boots later ................................................................................ FRegards

31 posted on 12/07/2012 8:01:05 PM PST by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: gonzo
If you use a Vulcan on 'em, you'll be stitching together a quilt, not boots. A really small quilt.< g!>
32 posted on 12/08/2012 7:23:53 AM PST by Joe Brower (The "American People" are no longer capable of self-governance.)
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To: dennisw

It’s about time but the bounty is not nearly high enough. And they should pay by the pound.


33 posted on 12/08/2012 7:44:22 AM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: Boogieman
If they were serious, they’d offer a bounty per head. I’m not going to go hunt snakes on the chance I might win some money, but if you gave me, say, fifty bucks a snake guaranteed, then I’m listening.

Yeah. And a million bucks for the last python.

34 posted on 12/08/2012 7:55:53 AM PST by EternalVigilance (Yes, America, life outside the socialist cell door is risky, but liberty is worth it, believe me.)
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To: canuck_conservative

I have been to Big Cypress and traveled the dirt roads penetrating the interior. More dangerous than the pythons would be the alligators and cotton mouth water moccasins.

But the real problem is not danger from wild life, the real problem is the virtually impenetrable vegetation existing most everywhere other than the dirt roads and the canals. Unless you were fortunate enough to catch the snake exposed on the road, I think finding one much less killing one is very difficult.


35 posted on 12/08/2012 8:07:46 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: Uncle Chip

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36 posted on 12/08/2012 9:37:21 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything)
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