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    GiveEmLead
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     So I have thrown out a few hints to the people I know that hunt iguana here in South Florida.  I declared an iguana jihad over a year ago and stopped counting at 150. That's just from my backyard. Now, with my Hatsan Flash QE .22,  it is fully expected that the jihad will be taken to the next level. I started a post on the NextDoor app that has over 200 replies by now and has garnered me some invitations to come and shoot in peoples yards. Plus plus. 

     Recently, as many of you know, the FWC issued a press release encouraging Floridians to kill as many green iguanas as possible. This is going to make it easier for us going forward, and most, though not all, of the public is with us.  I have been exploring the FWC regulations about hunting for invasive species in the WM A's or wildlife management areas. One can freely hunt there with air rifles year-round with no license or permit required.  I enjoy shooting and have done so all my life, but do not come from a hunting culture so don't know enough about it. I want to fix that in a hurry and bag a feral piglet for my smoker in the process. 

     Sorry for the long post, but the bottom line is who wants to go hunting in South Florida? 

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    dan_house
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    Sounds like a great opportunity for some "eco-hunting-tourism"

    need a package deal: 6 days in decent lodging, breakfast, two "guided" hunting sessions a day with lunch in between (yer on yer own for dinner…)

     

    Id think if you could point folks to a target rich environment, foilks would come anyway.   3 day drive from Montana, but itd be great trip in January…..

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    davecole
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    Darn it! I don’t have enough vacation left this year. Spent the bulk of it slaying PD’s in Kansas and Colorado last month. It will refresh January 1. Florida sounds like a nice “winter” hunt location. Leave me a few and I’ll see you in 2020. 

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    Gerry52
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    My wife has been begging me to plan a hunting trip to get me out of her hair! LOL. Would LOVE to do a cross country road trip to help kill those invasive, prehistoric lil buggers.

    Sounds like great fun.

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    pcparmy
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    Gerry, can you have your wife call mine and explain the benefits of sending us men away on hunting trips please? Lolol

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    NEAirGunner
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    I love stuff like this! I might have to convince my wife that I need to take a long weekend soon! Do you think my .30 cal would be too much for the back yard hunting?

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    GiveEmLead

     So I have thrown out a few hints to the people I know that hunt iguana here in South Florida.  I declared an iguana jihad over a year ago and stopped counting at 150. That's just from my backyard. Now, with my Hatsan Flash QE .22,  it is fully expected that the jihad will be taken to the next level. I started a post on the NextDoor app that has over 200 replies by now and has garnered me some invitations to come and shoot in peoples yards. Plus plus. 

     Recently, as many of you know, the FWC issued a press release encouraging Floridians to kill as many green iguanas as possible. This is going to make it easier for us going forward, and most, though not all, of the public is with us.  I have been exploring the FWC regulations about hunting for invasive species in the WM A's or wildlife management areas. One can freely hunt there with air rifles year-round with no license or permit required.  I enjoy shooting and have done so all my life, but do not come from a hunting culture so don't know enough about it. I want to fix that in a hurry and bag a feral piglet for my smoker in the process. 

     Sorry for the long post, but the bottom line is who wants to go hunting in South Florida? 

    Just don't shoot the pool boy. Who ever did that didn't do the airgun world a favor. 

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    GiveEmLead
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    As long as the pool boy doesn't shit on the deck, he's probably safe.  

    NE, a .30 wouldn't be overkill (ahem) for the bigger iguanas.  The smaller ones, my .22 goes through and through.  Now that .30 would be the thing for feral pigs in the Everglades…

    Guys, this is what sports and hobbies are about.  Like-minded folks getting together to enjoy cool stuff.  PEW! PEW!

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    cea1960
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    I have the time. I don't have the high shot count rifle. If I could talk the wife into letting me spend the 💵 on a Commander or Wolverine, (plus new glass & a bipod), I'd be down there next week.

    For some reason, she isn't as enthusiastic about my hobbies as I  am.

    Go figure.

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    GiveEmLead
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    I don't know what you mean by "high shot count" rifle.  Sure, it's nice to have a repeater like my Flash QE, but my Benjamin Titan springer is a life-taker.  It's what I got my first 125 iguana kills or so.  With shot placement, you only need one.

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    GiveEmLead

    I don't know what you mean by "high shot count" rifle.  Sure, it's nice to have a repeater like my Flash QE, but my Benjamin Titan springer is a life-taker.  It's what I got my first 125 iguana kills or so.  With shot placement, you only need one.

    I believe he’s talking about the tank on his rifle and we’re he would get air for it.

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    GiveEmLead
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    I see that now, thanks.

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    GiveEmLead
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    cea1960

    I have the time. I don't have the high shot count rifle. If I could talk the wife into letting me spend the 💵 on a Commander or Wolverine, (plus new glass & a bipod), I'd be down there next week.

    For some reason, she isn't as enthusiastic about my hobbies as I  am.

    Go figure.

    I just took ownership of a 45 minute SCBA tank.  There's an awful lot of shooting in that tank, even for two guns.  

    As for the wife, would she hate coming to South Florida for spell?  Granted, right now it's hotter than hell, but that keeps the tourists away.😁

    Come on down, the water's fine.

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    Funshine
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    I got 4 of them today, including one that had been evading the Impact for a few days. However, it was so hot that I need to recover for awhile from burning flesh. Yeah! its super hot in South Fla. 

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    cea1960
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    I didn't think about a springer.  My .22 NP2 is headshot accurate to 30yrds.  I would need to practice up on my .177 RWS 34.

    How close can you get to them without spooking them off?

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    I didn't think about a springer.  My .22 NP2 is headshot accurate to 30yrds.  I would need to practice up on my .177 RWS 34.

    How close can you get to them without spooking them off?

    That NP2 will do the job, no problems at all. .177 gets iffy.  They have really tough hides.  I've seen rounds from my .22 bounce off if I hit the head wrong.  I haven't been able to really opine on pellet choices, but I think I prefer to avoid the round nose ones for iguanas.  

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