"...eating barbecued iguana..."
We can't get you to Tijuana, but Gun Pundit is suggesting that hapless Floridians, beset by non-native species, consider a $10 "Airgun Iguana Tag," allowing state residents to whack the central ingredient to BBQ Iguana right there in their back yards:
Seriously, a $10 “iguana tag” good for a month of air gun hunting would not only help keep these critters in check, it would probably get more young folks into the shooting sports. I mean, who wouldn’t want to shoot a lizard?This follows the SPECTACULAR Outdoor Life article by Terry Gibson on stalking, killing and eventually cooking the feral iguana...tastes like chicken...not!
Oh, yeah. It would also raise money rather than costing it. Though the majority of these things are apparently in urban areas where shooting is restricted, Murdoc would guess that there are a lot more in the wild than suspected.
I've been contemplating the very first SHOOTING GALLERY hunting episode...a Tactical Solutions/Ruger .22 pistol expedition for feral python in the Everglades. Here's the news story from Reuters:
The population of Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades may have grown to as many as 150,000 as the non-native snakes make a home and breed in the fragile wetlands, officials said on Thursday.Florida is thinking of offering a bounty on pythons, and I think this is perfect for SG. Maybe we can bag one of those 7-foot Nile monitor lizards that are also making themselves at home in Florida. Hey, what about running a contest on DRTV with teh first prize a seat on the expedition into the 'Glades? The only stipulation would be the winner would have to dress like Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice...
Wildlife biologists say the troublesome invaders -- dumped in the Everglades by pet owners who no longer want them -- have become a pest and pose a significant threat to endangered species like the wood stork and Key Largo woodrat.
"They eat things that we care about," said Skip Snow, an Everglades National Park biologist, as he showed a captured, 15-foot (4.6-meter) Burmese python to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who was on his first fact-finding mission to the Everglades since the Obama administration took office.
In what may be a related item (Taurus Judges and Bond Derringers in .410 strike me as pretty cool snake-busters to me), the Firearms Blog is wading two coils deep into the current mini-controversy on whether Federal's new .410 birdshot designed specifically for the .410 Judge is really the man, as opposed to snake, stopper as Federal bills it:
There has been a discussion on the blog about the controversial new Federal Personal Defense Handgun .410 shotshell ammunition designed exclusively for the Taurus Judge .410 revolver.The question is, I suppose, what one means by self-defense. I was an early supporter of the Taurus Judge and remain so. I also routinely carry a Bond Arms derringer in .45/.410 as my primary dog-walking gun and my secondary long trips in the car gun. In each case, it's loaded with 3-inch Winchester 5-pellet #000 buckshot.
The round contains 60 pellets of #4 bird shot (each pellet is .13″ in diameter). The load of pellets weight 1/2 oz (218.75 grain). Velocity is listed as 1200 fps which makes the total energy delivered at the muzzle to be 700 ft/lbs.
While I personally would not want to be shot with a .410 full of #4 shot, I wouldn't necessarily call it a show-stopper — unless the shot was into the face. That's the strategy originally outlined by Taurus head Bob Morrison in the progressive loading he carries in his own Judge — a round of #4 shot, 2 buckshots, 2 .45 Colt personal protection cartridges.
If I had to carry a .410, long gun or short gun, for personal defense, I think I'd at least want buckshot, the exception being urban apartments with cardboard walls. I think I'd also stick to some variation of Bob's progressive loading strategy, with the first (or maybe first 2) round shot backed up with buckshot. I'm not sure the .410 slugs are worth the trouble of stocking another type of ammo. If the personal defense weapons is a long gun, say an Remington 870 or Mossberg 500, I'd go with 3-inch buckshot #000 after the shot. If the gun's a Judge, my last 2 chambers would be stoked with CorBon DPX +P...and for heaven's sake don't shoot a lot of this through your gun! You already know my Bond Arms load but I cary 2 Tuff Strips, one loaded with .45 Colt SilverTips; the other 4 more 3-inch buckshots.