Saturday, February 16, 2013

Python Challenge Results

The Python Hunters came out on top today with a clean sweep for all the prizes in the permit holder devision. Here are the results:

Most Pythons

1st place: Ruben & George with 18

2nd place: Blake & Devin with 5

Longest Python

1st place: Blake & Devin with a 11'11"

2nd place: Ruben & George with a 10'6"

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

National Geographic News

Although this article does not include the Florida Python Hunters, it has some interesting thoughts on the Python Challenge. It is important that people understand that there are many invasive species in Florida causing great damage to Florida's ecosystem. We do our best to remove all invasive species in the most humane way possible. Check out the National Geographic News article here.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Python Drop Off Station

Florida Python Hunters have been hanging out at the Drop Off Station quite a lot this past week. They have been getting up close and personal, helping perform necropsies, and obtaining official measurements of their catches. The UF researchers have been awesome to work with.  

Ch 7 Fox: Features Ruben and the Crew

Check out this link Here! Ruben was interviewed by Ch 7 after the kickoff Jan. 12th. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Another Good Day of Hunting

Photo by: Steven Featherstone
This is what we are looking for, but it's not always this easy.
With the overcast skies and rain Saturday morning it did not look like a hopeful day for the Python Hunters. But determined to use our day off out in the Everglades we headed out early for a hunt. Ruben and George in one car, Blake and Devin in another, in order to cover as much ground as possible. Most of the morning went with no success. The morning started out with little hope until about 9:30am when the clouds separated and gave us some sun. By 10:30am the sun was beating down hard and warming up the ground. Both groups had covered several miles of canal by this point. At 11:54 AM I (Blake) and Devin spotted the first python of the day. She was half way sticking out of the weeds on the edge of the canal heading back into the brush. I quickly ran and grabbed the tail and began the fight. Feeling that the snake was stronger than me, I yelled for Devin's help. The snake was inching forward out of my hands but together we were able to remove the snake and bag it. 

Not 5 minutes later Ruben calls to tell us, him and George had got one too. 

We met up and took a few group shots with our catches of the day. 

Monday, January 14, 2013


CBS notes the Florida Python Hunters in their report of the 2013 Python Challenge.
Check it out Here.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Three Big Ones

All four boys went out last night with no luck. George and Ruben were up bright and early this Sunday morning and came out on top. They not only caught one but THREE pythons while out with a New York Times videographer. It is always stressful taking people out hunting, you just never know what you'll find. So ending the day with three in the bag was amazing! Not bad for the second day of the Python Challenge.