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Discussion in 'Hunting' started by cleardiddion, Feb 22, 2010.

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  1. jimmyraythomason

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    No they aren't poisonous but......

    I don't really think that matters too much when you have teeth like these.
     

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  2. rcmodel

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    I'm thinking the only sporting way to hunt 20' pythons in the everglades is the way Marlin Perkins & Jim of the Jungle always did it.

    You jump out of the boat and wrestle them bare handed!

    (You do get to carry a 12" Bowie Knife if you are Jim, but are forbidden to use it.)

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  3. jimmyraythomason

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    Did you ever notice rc that only Jim jumped out of the boat? Marlin ALWAYS stayed out of harms way(well he was very old at the time).
     
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    .22 pistol with rat shot!


    kidding! I think that would just piss off a big snake!
     
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    I loved that show. I would have loved to see and hear what ended up on the cutting room floor. :D:D:D
     
  6. HGUNHNTR

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    These are ambush predators folks, they might kill deer but they aren't running them down. Good gravy, take a look at their means of locomotion. To the poster that bet a python could out run me......yeah right. :) Pure hilarious statements in this thread.

    If I had to use a firearm, it would be the taurus judge and buckshot----as much as I don't like that revolver.
     
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    I'd go for a semi-auto shotgun. Extended mag and short barrel. Modified or Full, since there won't be much spread at what I figure would be a likely range. 12-gauge. Probably at least #2 shot; maybe larger, depending on what successful locals have learned.

    How to hunt? Dunno. Drift along slow in likely-looking habitat, I guess.
     
  8. rcmodel

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    I do recall seeing one show when Marlin did jump in on top of an anaconda.

    Dang near squeezed him like a tube of toothpaste & drowned him before the crew got it off.

    rc
     
  9. jimmyraythomason

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    HGUNHTR, you may very well get to put your theory to the test since you live in Georgia. FWIW, between you and an anaconda in a race,my money is on the anaconda(I hope you survive though).
     
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    Ever seen this? <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q9-yHzT-S8>
     
  11. pat86323

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    let me clarify, they may not be able to outrun you over say 1/4 mile and im not even sure about that. However at "shovel range" they can strike faster then most humans can even react. Growing up a buddy of mine had a python and i was always shocked at how fast it could strike at a rabbit. They can strike quite a bit further then you think they ought to be able to. If a deer ever got caught close range i highly doubt any human could dream of getting away. We all know that deer are extremely quick especially when it comes to reacting to something (ie an arrow fired at them that they have been known to dodge)
     
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    The snakes in the Everglades in question have been killing alligators. They have no natural predators and are breeding rapidly and spreading throughout the area. They were introduced by uninformed folks who let them go into the wild when they got too big.

    An airboat to get to the area, plus a shotgun or similar would work very nicely. You'll be hunting them in the same locales as alligators, water moccasins, and every imaginable biting insect.

    Go have fun..........
     
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    I always thought if I had an air-boat in Florida, I would like to have a 20 ga Marine Magnum 870.
    If Remington would just make such a thing.

    I had a 5' Timber Rattler try to board my bass boat one time.
    Did you know they can swim about the same top speed as a trolling motor!

    Did you know beating them with a fishing rod just makes them very PO'd, and more determined to get in the boat with you.

    rc
     
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  15. jimmyraythomason

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    They are having problems with them in rural areas too. Just step out of your car......
     
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    For the record the fastest snake on land is the black mamba. To the best effort of my google fu, I have found recorded speeds of up to 8 miles per hour. The anaconda is about 1-2 miles per hour. I'm pretty sure most of us could manage those speeds long enough to get out of harms way. FWIW I am an avid marathon runner, and feel confident in my ability to top 8mph no problem.

    Remember these critters aren't trying to make a meal of us and that makes killing them much easier. I understand wanting to have a shotgun, I just wouldn't feel ill prepared with a nice sharp long handled shovel.
     
  17. jimmyraythomason

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    ^^^Be that as it may HGH, I'll still bet on the snake (IF HE WANTS YOU).
     
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    ^^ Like ya said, we may get our chance!
     
  19. jimmyraythomason

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    Yeah we may do it but rest assured the only time I'll get out a shovel is to bury what the 12ga left!
     
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    I'll bet if you hit a grizzly perfectly in the back of the neck with a shovel you could take it out too, however I'm not going to try it.
     
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    Even if you can outrun one in a race i highly doubt if you got inside its strike radius and it felt you were a threat i think it could have you coiled up and as good as dead before you could attempt running. I know this is a much smaller snake it is described as being 7 feet. But it moves on that rat like lightning. I think if a 15 footer moved at 1/3 that speed a human would be in trouble.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5uRTrzz4Vo
     
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    or better yet look at mlkx4's link......if you can outrun that (that is on the long side of shovel range) you are the frickin man!!!!
     
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    I have dispatched snakes with sticks,shovels,hoes,and guns....guns are best! Oh! I forgot a 6 foot bush hog is even better!
     
  24. jim147

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    The wife asked me why I ran the tractor into the trees.

    I said that big snake didn't die the first time I ran him over.:)

    jim
     
  25. hirundo82

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    On Sunday night,Nature on PBS had a show about invasive reptiles in Florida, and I was thinking that a hunting season (or even better no closed season, like we have in TX for invasive species) would be the best way to control them.

    Most of the show was about Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The naturalists would just walk right up next to the snake and pick them up; they don't seem to go anywhere in a hurry. I was thinking you could just walk up to them and shoot them in the head with a .22 pistol.

    Some of the news articles about the hunt say mercury levels in the meat may make them unsafe to eat, but I like the idea about making a holster and a pair of boots out of one.
     
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