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Invasion of the Iguana: Mankind Strikes Back

Invasion of the Iguana: Mankind Strikes Back

Iguana hunting. Yup, you heard right. Watch as Terry Gibson and crew go head to head with the explosive iguana population in Florida and then fry 'em up!
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from DaBears wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Some of those pics are hilarious. I knew a guy who taught his pet iguana to smoke a cigarette. It was great because iguanas always take their time and it would slowly puff on that Marlboro.
Anytime I hear the phrase "urban hunting" I think of bows. A crossbow with a bow fishing set-up and a kayak would make quiet & short work of sunning iguanas living along canals. I'll never eat one but they might make good bait for bull sharks! :)

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from bluesky wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

All you animal worshippers one question to you ---if mosquito will sit on your body will you let him drink your blood or will you kill it instantly before it will possibly give you a desease .animal is not a human being but a robot programed by nature to perform simple tasks it does not think it has instinct a simple computer like program but all those tree huggers watch to much idiotic tv programs humanizing animals and telling us to kiss a shark after it just took your leg - total idiocracy and this where all those uneducated animal worshippers live in - lulu fantasy land

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from Ctenosaura wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Whoa!!!! Terry, You Must be 10 years old. You and I have something in common. I owned a "Pellet" gun to when I was 10 years old. Thank God, my iguanas
from Florida are safe with Me.

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from wv trapper wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Wish I was in florida varmint hunting those iguanas and pythons also.

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

You win, I'll close one eye...

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

How about fried tennis shoes...no laces

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from PhillyO wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I've got 3 Iguanas marinating in my fridge right now. They are delicious. I just use the rear legs and tail. Not much meat on the rest. My son got a 5 and a half footer this morning.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Let's get as many exotic pests on the buffet table as possible. We've got Mayan cichlids, oscars & bullseye snakeheads taking over the everglades down here. I'm thinkin fish fry. Maybe we could roast some of those noisy green parrots too.

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Guana??????

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

If you guys throw in some bat bacon. you can count me in.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Don't forget the coon/oppossum "pot pie". If we're gonna "eat wild" might as well eat BIG !

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Seadog, don't forget the crawfish with shrimp cocktail, maybe a little rattlesnake chili dog. I mean, make a true smorgasbord out of it.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Linguini with iguana sauce sounds good. Can I get a side order of Burmese python with that?

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Linguini???????

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Cheers, crew,

Tight lines and hasta la victoria.

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Cheers, crew,

Tight lines and hasta la victoria.

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from sean-vest wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Terry Gibson and crew i am sorry about the behavior the other night i did not know the whole story i know 2 u they are like rats so my bad oh and nice fish you have caught

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Sorry forgot to add.
THANK YOU Mr.Gibson, Please keep up the GOOD work.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Dang ! I go striper fishing(rod/reel,fly rod) and miss EVERYTHING !
To frreless: Not to stir the pot here but pets turn into threats when they are "released" into an environment they are NOT from,
(ie pythons,iguanas,etc.)they then eliminate native species.
For the record I've eaten things that "would make a billy goat puke"(survival school/Fla.)and wish they were a problem back in the 80's.
I 've also eaten dog,horse, and other exotic meats while over sea's(most not bad !). Never have tried iguana(yet) but I've got a buddy who has and he said it was good. He by the way has several iguana's and water monitor lizards(largest being over 6'). The "feral" cat/dog population droped DRAMATICLY after their arrival in the neighborhood.
I also golf too. Bowling,bird watching,,etc are not sports, just because you can enjoy an adult beverage while doing it does'nt make it Not a sport.
Like I said, "Not to stir the pot". Just wanted to put in my 2cents.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

LOL, OL means outdoorlife last time I checked that means dangerous fish,killer cats,hunting puppies, liberals & presidant is in there because of gun controll that all effects or life style & and what we do in the out doors!!! OK school is out you may go.

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from 813bart wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

stay focused, this is an article re; iguana hunting. it has nothing to do with golf, the president, liberals, dangerous fish, killer cats, hunting puppies, or any of that other bull u wacks are throwing around. that's something for ur myspace page. this is the OL page. thank you!!

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Cool! This is truly brings diversity to hunting.

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Iguana , or is that a cat, can't tell from here.....

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from klures99 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Whew!! Try fishing some of the canals for alligator gar. Anything that pulls hard is sport to me. Heck here in SC a 20# carp or a 40+# grass carp is a hoot. Just touch a grassy on the belly with the net! He turns into a fresh water tarpon!!!! Not your pets fearless but I would love to try iguana.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

i just fish at elephant butte lake and the rio grande river and somtimes mnake it to caballo lake im sorry i dont take it too serious ive golfed once or twice and drank beer while i golfed and fished.never have i drank while walking around with a gun, a bad, real bad combination.maybe next time i go out fishing i will leave the beer at home and i might catch somthing worth keeping and eating

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from fish on wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Hey" [fearless], if you don't think fishing is a sport, you haven't been fishing for the right fish!!!!! you have probably never been out of the pond [crappie fishing], which is fine, but if you want sport try fishing for , tuna,wahoo, cobia, mahi etc. with stand-up gear,or hook-up with a 40 lb striper on a fly line!!!I hunt and fish and it irk's me when someone knock's either one.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

This was fun. I've got to try iguana now--I love gator & frog legs. Iguana could be the other other white meat.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Good stuff!!

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

sorry for the coward comment it was meant to make you mad. i dont think you are a coward. i just got bent out of shape ive got huge pet iguana named merlin thats 5 ft and 35lbs i bet some of your readers would love to eat. not to mention the other 3.sorry again for name calling.you do a good service for enviornment, good luck and happy hunting in the future.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Terry, I thought it was a great article. If you ever need someone to help you harvest some exotic critter, let some of us know, I would love to help. Don't know if I could get away, but it would be nice to dream about.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Looks like this has been resolved and I didn't even get a chance to play in this game. But I have read some really good stuff and I almost think some people have been reading thoughts I have had. Sounds good to me.

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

AzDuane, skinning that thing wasn't easy, at least around the joints. I just skinned it like I would a deer. The rest of the skin pulled down easily. Nope, not going to start guiding. But I think an enterprising young hunter could set up a "pest control" business, and sell the meat to exotic markets. I don't know if there are any prohibitions, but I'd guess that this market is tierra incognita.

Per the pythons, they are a menace, and really hard to hunt and kill.

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Yo fearless. Terry here. I'm not high, wasn't then, ain't now. I don't do drugs. My kick is fixing problems that threaten our fishing and hunting traditions, and wildlife. That iguana was killed a almost 30 yards, with an air rifle, after a long low-crawl. If that doesn't meet your definition of sporting, I'm sorry. Next time I'll use my bow, unless it will get me rung up for cruelty. Google around, and you'll find dozens of articles where I have taken on some of the worst threats to hunting, fishing, surfing and diving, and some of the worst actors behind those threats. You shouldn't be calling anybody a coward who's got your back as squarely as I do.

Terry

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from DivineStrake wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

It's the clear, sound, calm reasoning by people like fearless that make these comments such a joy to read. Keep 'em coming, fearless. You are a treasure.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Fearless,
You're welcome--just call me the peacemaker.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

yeah seadog your right i dont live in florida and if i had a garden being invaded by iguanas id be singing a different tune. ive killed rabbits for eating the wifes garden.i shouldnt judge anything until i get all the facts.thanks dropjhook for not calling me a liberal my father would disown me for being one.im sorry for making fun of mr gibson.my father thinks its funny to see or hear of me getting perturbed,he emailed me this article its all his fault im glad he did though i can now see both sides of this article,i being a lizard lover think thats its kinda mean but now on the other hand seadogs version i didnt realize the damage they could do,thanks seadog for the insight

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I don't think fearless lives in South Florida. If he did, he would know how bad the iguana invasion has become. He's right about some things--they're not fierce or dangerous--they're vegetarians--pretty harmless unless cornered. That's not the problem. They do a lot of damage to fruit trees, vegetable gardens, grandma's gardenias ... You get the picture--they're exotic pests--they don't belong here. They also scare the crap out of a lot of wimpy suburbanites (OK, I admit that I like that part). Anyway, I think some of you guys should kiss & make up. You don't really have to kiss--actually, I'd prefer that you not.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Sry u got mixed up I didnt call you a liberal. Only said this is the kind way the want us to do things."united we stand divided we fall" just something we need to think about. Oh yeah on the whole pet thing evrey animal evrey bird evrey fish has probly been some ones pet at sometime. And me voting for Obama lol. I can say I know alot of people who did but I tried to warn them about there massiah. I'm not a republican or liberal tell the tuth never voted & probly never will I'm a person who will get educated on the truth & speak to people about those truths & I hope that makes up for me not ever voting.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I think everyone should read and heed dropjhook's comment. When we sound like a bunch of blood-thirsty lunatics, we are giving amunition to the extremists that are trying to take our rights away. We should be able to disagree about iguana hunting without helping the anti-hunters.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

crap drophook dont ever get me mixed up with an obama loving liberal. i didnt vote for him maybe you did?!!!barry obama hussien whatever his real name is and even if he really is a us born citizen.while charton heston was alive i considered him my president.i believe fishing shouldnt be called a sport just like golf its just for fun.crucify me.just because i dont lik my choice of pet being hunted is my right to say its wrong even if its your righ to kill and eat the scaly varmints. my idea of sport is having to stalk my prey for miles staying downwind to avoid being detected believe me if i could just walk up to an elk or deer just kicking back in a tree looking down at me id shoot it also but i wouldnt call it a sport i would call it getting food.cmon look at this guy terry he has a high powered scope and in a prone position ive walked up to trees and shook them out and theyve fallen to the ground ive climbd trees and took them out of the tree they were hiding on. i read in this article a guy took one out with a slingshot.hardley a sport you dont have to be quiet you can scream all the way to the tree where the lizard is and because they are off the ground they think they are good to go.i believe in hunting i love hunting.shoot and eat a lizard i might not help ya eat it but i wont get all peta on you i just like lizards ok...dont ever call me a liberal gun grabber i hate liberals

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Mr,Fearless2311
This is the type of behavior that the gun grabbers want hunters to display. Hunters & gun owners are under fire in the court room more then ever in the past!! I suggest none of us pay any mind to this man we need the words of the older ones help us all if we want or sport to be passed on to or yound ones. Kody I hope you dont mind but here is one thing that will stick with that he said I hope It sticks with with all of you."hunting is under siege, you would have to have your head in the sand to believe otherwise. I believe we need to educate our neighbors by presenting ourselves as reasonable and ethical individuals " I know BO has said pretty much the same thing many times since I've been on OL. I listen for wizdom as much as I can & these two guys have that! So hunters & gun owners dont feed into comments like the ones on here there is a better way!!!

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

hey live2hunt people like me? retarded....... please.and you fisher1069 or whatever they eat dogs in other countries and use live dogs for sharkbait,that gits you dog lovers and piss's off that fuzzy feelings doesnt it?oh for those peta freeks i'd like to beat them senseless i believe in killing animals for fur, meat, and for experimental reasons....if a primate has to die to find a cure to heal a human good bye ape.i trap hunt and fish.i guess my love for cold blooded creatures and my iguanas over-rode my common sense at the time of my comments i have never eaten iguana meat i heard its good andd ive heard dog tacos are good too. cat is eaten in china. i hate cats good for the chinese.i just really like my chickens of the tree.i might just come out to florida and hug a tree or two and save few lizards.remember people brought them and released thier pet iguana's into the wild.

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from johnson4x4 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I guess you could eat coyote if you were hungry enough. but you might invoke some bad juju. :)

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from randygray wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

As a wildlife biologist, hunter, and past owner of many pet lizards (that I never released into the wild) I think the hunting of iguanas in Florida is great. As the author pointed out, they are sometimes over hunted in their native range and in need of protection. However non-native species often cause severe impacts to the native species. This is a major problem in the conservation community. Unfortunately Florida is a case in point, so many non-natives (including reptiles and amphibians) are out-competing the native species. If sport hunting of iguanas puts meat on the table and helps native species that is a perfect match.

BTW, nobody said Iguanas were dangerous. Though I have seen an agry iguana or two. It was those PETA folks attacking biologists that presented the threat!

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from 813bart wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

i live in west central florida and we have large iguanas and even larger nile moniter lizards running everywhere. i have chickens and a small dog. there are endangered gopher tortoises and many endangered birds whose eggs are prime targets for these illegals. i'm all for hunting and a good recipe for eating these pests. my neighbor shot 2 moniters and threw them down the sewer. also quit throwing your "pets" away when u can afford to take care of them. da!!! if u can't-feedum, don't breed-um!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from Fisher1061 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Some folks don't seem to understand that hunting is not all about dangerous game. They wallow in emotionalism and compare invasive species to puppies to appeal to the warm fuzzy feelings most of us have for our dogs. . But in fact feral dogs are a problem in some areas.

Controlling a destructive invasive species is a huge concern to all of the states and Having private citizens voluntarily bear the expense of exterminating them, Making use of them for food and protecting the environment and native species make good sense and relieve the taxpayer of another huge expense.

I believe that the fool (fearless) who supposedly cries with compassion for a lizard but in the same blog, derides and makes fun of mentally challenged people is a hypocrite and has no real compassion, or logic but just clutters up the blogs with nonsense

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from live2hunt wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

yeah fearless i agree with your second comment, you and people like you who buy and bring all these exotic animals to the U.S. and release them, are"retarded" you and your anti-buddie sean need to get a clue or go find a good peta web site to visit

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from sean-vest wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

yuck yuck yuck im an idiot i wanna go to florida and hunt me some lizards and cook em up im takin my film crew and were gonna catch on film me yes me eating raw iguana meat cause im a side show freak and im fillin my coolers and takin em back to the real world and reality to share the freaksow of eating a pet yep you too can join as we eat iguana,poodle and that there mexican little dog and we will show you have to make a deelicous stew you go with you bad self possum sodimizers join me in ridding florida of the everthreatening lizard sleestack population call me at 1800 get stupider. i will be awaiting your reeeponses yuck yuck im retarded.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

what you call that a sport iguana hunting? thats a bunch of crap im no tree hugger and killed my share of animals for food not sport.i have 4 pet iguana's and they arent dangerouse unless pestered. granted they will bite if threatened. people were attacked?!!! thats a lie told by people that like to feel vindicated for killing dangerous puppy dogs and etc.lets watch as fearless terry gibson stalks the very dangerous and fierce iguana.lol tough guy!!! iguana's just sit in tree's and kick back no stalking involved just walk up and grab them...ive done it. stand back and make that 50 to 100 yard shot to a non moving target just walk up and club them and eat them oh wait where is the sport? coward you have nothing to lose. no risk of injury oh wait you could break a fingernail or get bitten by renagade ants laying too close to an ant pile getting that difficult shot. hunt stuff thats hard to get or that could cause injury back. why dont you go hunting at a dairy and shoot those pesky milk cows. we'll all watch as you get that 100 yard shot and cook that steak and all your posse' will pat you on the back and say good job great shot and then with camera's rolling they will recap in slow motion you getting your quarry. god i wish i was a real hunter like you a real man hunting the fierce iguana please take me under your chicken wing and show me how to be soooo brave

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

What they going to charge for tags ?

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from sucngas wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I spent a couple of years in Guatemala. Got one with a slingshot (it wasn't as easy as it sounds; they are tough). A local lady cooked it up for us. It wasn't bad, but the thought made it kind of tough to choke down. Now if you're hard core, some people eat the eggs out of the females. No way I could have done that.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Yoda, all you have to do is take a really good survival school [The US Army offers a very good one;-)]. You'll learn to eat a lot of things you never thought of and enjoy them. Then a lot of foods become an ADVENTURE! I would try iguana in a New York second. It shouldn't be a lot different from snake or alligator and I like both of those.

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Huh that's interesting, makes for a neat way to dispose of invasive animals anyway. Not sure i'f i'd try iguana or not.

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from mattb wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Who says you can't eat coyote? Tastes like beef.

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from azduane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

The barbecue looks good. Is skinning one similar to skinning a snake, that is, after you cut off the head and feet of the iguana? Is there wildlife regulation that handles the harvest of iguana? Are you going to start guiding for iguana on your property? You also mentioned pythons. Are these becoming a problem as well and can one hunt them like they do iguanas? Thanks for the article and the pictures.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I also dont see Iguana in my near future... But If it helps keep the sport of hunting strong across the U.S. then more power to you. I sure wish I could take my boys out Iguana hunting that sounds like fun.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Now, if I could get enough money together to afford a trip down to Fla., set my self up as an Iguana Control Officer, fill my truck with coolers stuffed with dead iguanas, go to NY and sell them, I'd probably be still losing money, but having a great time. It is tempting to do that.

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from davidshockey wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Almost makes me wish we had wild iguana here in north Alabama. I love varmint hunting but we don't have many that can be seen during the day in this part of the country. Been meaning to try my hand at coyote but you can't eat those.

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from jburgman wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Great gallery, Terry. Makes me want to try iguana meat.

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from fisherus wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

This is a great varmint to hunt with an air gun. Very few varmints are good eating as well. This is very typical of what happens when you get an out of control population of any species. The remedy the author is using is perfect.
The Humane Soceity would euthanize them faster than you can spell the word and probably by placing them in a freezer. The dummies don't realizs that cold blooded reptiles go into a catatonic state and painless death through freezing. They really don't care about anything other than trying to stir up a pile of crap to help them get uninformed people to help fill their money coffers.

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from fisherus wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

This is a great varmint to hunt with an air gun. Very few varmints are good eating as well. This is very typical of what happens when you get an out of control population of any species. The remedy the author is using is perfect.
The Humane Soceity would euthanize them faster than you can spell the word and probably by placing them in a freezer. The dummies don't realizs that cold blooded reptiles go into a catatonic state and painless death through freezing. They really don't care about anything other than trying to stir up a pile of crap to help them get uninformed people to help fill their money coffers.

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from Fisher1061 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Some folks don't seem to understand that hunting is not all about dangerous game. They wallow in emotionalism and compare invasive species to puppies to appeal to the warm fuzzy feelings most of us have for our dogs. . But in fact feral dogs are a problem in some areas.

Controlling a destructive invasive species is a huge concern to all of the states and Having private citizens voluntarily bear the expense of exterminating them, Making use of them for food and protecting the environment and native species make good sense and relieve the taxpayer of another huge expense.

I believe that the fool (fearless) who supposedly cries with compassion for a lizard but in the same blog, derides and makes fun of mentally challenged people is a hypocrite and has no real compassion, or logic but just clutters up the blogs with nonsense

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from live2hunt wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

yeah fearless i agree with your second comment, you and people like you who buy and bring all these exotic animals to the U.S. and release them, are"retarded" you and your anti-buddie sean need to get a clue or go find a good peta web site to visit

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from 813bart wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

i live in west central florida and we have large iguanas and even larger nile moniter lizards running everywhere. i have chickens and a small dog. there are endangered gopher tortoises and many endangered birds whose eggs are prime targets for these illegals. i'm all for hunting and a good recipe for eating these pests. my neighbor shot 2 moniters and threw them down the sewer. also quit throwing your "pets" away when u can afford to take care of them. da!!! if u can't-feedum, don't breed-um!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from randygray wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

As a wildlife biologist, hunter, and past owner of many pet lizards (that I never released into the wild) I think the hunting of iguanas in Florida is great. As the author pointed out, they are sometimes over hunted in their native range and in need of protection. However non-native species often cause severe impacts to the native species. This is a major problem in the conservation community. Unfortunately Florida is a case in point, so many non-natives (including reptiles and amphibians) are out-competing the native species. If sport hunting of iguanas puts meat on the table and helps native species that is a perfect match.

BTW, nobody said Iguanas were dangerous. Though I have seen an agry iguana or two. It was those PETA folks attacking biologists that presented the threat!

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from davidshockey wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Almost makes me wish we had wild iguana here in north Alabama. I love varmint hunting but we don't have many that can be seen during the day in this part of the country. Been meaning to try my hand at coyote but you can't eat those.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I also dont see Iguana in my near future... But If it helps keep the sport of hunting strong across the U.S. then more power to you. I sure wish I could take my boys out Iguana hunting that sounds like fun.

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from azduane wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

The barbecue looks good. Is skinning one similar to skinning a snake, that is, after you cut off the head and feet of the iguana? Is there wildlife regulation that handles the harvest of iguana? Are you going to start guiding for iguana on your property? You also mentioned pythons. Are these becoming a problem as well and can one hunt them like they do iguanas? Thanks for the article and the pictures.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Mr,Fearless2311
This is the type of behavior that the gun grabbers want hunters to display. Hunters & gun owners are under fire in the court room more then ever in the past!! I suggest none of us pay any mind to this man we need the words of the older ones help us all if we want or sport to be passed on to or yound ones. Kody I hope you dont mind but here is one thing that will stick with that he said I hope It sticks with with all of you."hunting is under siege, you would have to have your head in the sand to believe otherwise. I believe we need to educate our neighbors by presenting ourselves as reasonable and ethical individuals " I know BO has said pretty much the same thing many times since I've been on OL. I listen for wizdom as much as I can & these two guys have that! So hunters & gun owners dont feed into comments like the ones on here there is a better way!!!

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I think everyone should read and heed dropjhook's comment. When we sound like a bunch of blood-thirsty lunatics, we are giving amunition to the extremists that are trying to take our rights away. We should be able to disagree about iguana hunting without helping the anti-hunters.

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Yo fearless. Terry here. I'm not high, wasn't then, ain't now. I don't do drugs. My kick is fixing problems that threaten our fishing and hunting traditions, and wildlife. That iguana was killed a almost 30 yards, with an air rifle, after a long low-crawl. If that doesn't meet your definition of sporting, I'm sorry. Next time I'll use my bow, unless it will get me rung up for cruelty. Google around, and you'll find dozens of articles where I have taken on some of the worst threats to hunting, fishing, surfing and diving, and some of the worst actors behind those threats. You shouldn't be calling anybody a coward who's got your back as squarely as I do.

Terry

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

AzDuane, skinning that thing wasn't easy, at least around the joints. I just skinned it like I would a deer. The rest of the skin pulled down easily. Nope, not going to start guiding. But I think an enterprising young hunter could set up a "pest control" business, and sell the meat to exotic markets. I don't know if there are any prohibitions, but I'd guess that this market is tierra incognita.

Per the pythons, they are a menace, and really hard to hunt and kill.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

sorry for the coward comment it was meant to make you mad. i dont think you are a coward. i just got bent out of shape ive got huge pet iguana named merlin thats 5 ft and 35lbs i bet some of your readers would love to eat. not to mention the other 3.sorry again for name calling.you do a good service for enviornment, good luck and happy hunting in the future.

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from wv trapper wrote 4 years 18 weeks ago

Wish I was in florida varmint hunting those iguanas and pythons also.

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from jburgman wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Great gallery, Terry. Makes me want to try iguana meat.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Now, if I could get enough money together to afford a trip down to Fla., set my self up as an Iguana Control Officer, fill my truck with coolers stuffed with dead iguanas, go to NY and sell them, I'd probably be still losing money, but having a great time. It is tempting to do that.

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from Yoda wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Huh that's interesting, makes for a neat way to dispose of invasive animals anyway. Not sure i'f i'd try iguana or not.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Yoda, all you have to do is take a really good survival school [The US Army offers a very good one;-)]. You'll learn to eat a lot of things you never thought of and enjoy them. Then a lot of foods become an ADVENTURE! I would try iguana in a New York second. It shouldn't be a lot different from snake or alligator and I like both of those.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

What they going to charge for tags ?

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I don't think fearless lives in South Florida. If he did, he would know how bad the iguana invasion has become. He's right about some things--they're not fierce or dangerous--they're vegetarians--pretty harmless unless cornered. That's not the problem. They do a lot of damage to fruit trees, vegetable gardens, grandma's gardenias ... You get the picture--they're exotic pests--they don't belong here. They also scare the crap out of a lot of wimpy suburbanites (OK, I admit that I like that part). Anyway, I think some of you guys should kiss & make up. You don't really have to kiss--actually, I'd prefer that you not.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

yeah seadog your right i dont live in florida and if i had a garden being invaded by iguanas id be singing a different tune. ive killed rabbits for eating the wifes garden.i shouldnt judge anything until i get all the facts.thanks dropjhook for not calling me a liberal my father would disown me for being one.im sorry for making fun of mr gibson.my father thinks its funny to see or hear of me getting perturbed,he emailed me this article its all his fault im glad he did though i can now see both sides of this article,i being a lizard lover think thats its kinda mean but now on the other hand seadogs version i didnt realize the damage they could do,thanks seadog for the insight

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Fearless,
You're welcome--just call me the peacemaker.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Terry, I thought it was a great article. If you ever need someone to help you harvest some exotic critter, let some of us know, I would love to help. Don't know if I could get away, but it would be nice to dream about.

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

This was fun. I've got to try iguana now--I love gator & frog legs. Iguana could be the other other white meat.

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from fish on wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Hey" [fearless], if you don't think fishing is a sport, you haven't been fishing for the right fish!!!!! you have probably never been out of the pond [crappie fishing], which is fine, but if you want sport try fishing for , tuna,wahoo, cobia, mahi etc. with stand-up gear,or hook-up with a 40 lb striper on a fly line!!!I hunt and fish and it irk's me when someone knock's either one.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

LOL, OL means outdoorlife last time I checked that means dangerous fish,killer cats,hunting puppies, liberals & presidant is in there because of gun controll that all effects or life style & and what we do in the out doors!!! OK school is out you may go.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Sorry forgot to add.
THANK YOU Mr.Gibson, Please keep up the GOOD work.

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from sean-vest wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Terry Gibson and crew i am sorry about the behavior the other night i did not know the whole story i know 2 u they are like rats so my bad oh and nice fish you have caught

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from seadog wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Linguini with iguana sauce sounds good. Can I get a side order of Burmese python with that?

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from seadog wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Let's get as many exotic pests on the buffet table as possible. We've got Mayan cichlids, oscars & bullseye snakeheads taking over the everglades down here. I'm thinkin fish fry. Maybe we could roast some of those noisy green parrots too.

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from sucngas wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I spent a couple of years in Guatemala. Got one with a slingshot (it wasn't as easy as it sounds; they are tough). A local lady cooked it up for us. It wasn't bad, but the thought made it kind of tough to choke down. Now if you're hard core, some people eat the eggs out of the females. No way I could have done that.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Looks like this has been resolved and I didn't even get a chance to play in this game. But I have read some really good stuff and I almost think some people have been reading thoughts I have had. Sounds good to me.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

i just fish at elephant butte lake and the rio grande river and somtimes mnake it to caballo lake im sorry i dont take it too serious ive golfed once or twice and drank beer while i golfed and fished.never have i drank while walking around with a gun, a bad, real bad combination.maybe next time i go out fishing i will leave the beer at home and i might catch somthing worth keeping and eating

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from klures99 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Whew!! Try fishing some of the canals for alligator gar. Anything that pulls hard is sport to me. Heck here in SC a 20# carp or a 40+# grass carp is a hoot. Just touch a grassy on the belly with the net! He turns into a fresh water tarpon!!!! Not your pets fearless but I would love to try iguana.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Dang ! I go striper fishing(rod/reel,fly rod) and miss EVERYTHING !
To frreless: Not to stir the pot here but pets turn into threats when they are "released" into an environment they are NOT from,
(ie pythons,iguanas,etc.)they then eliminate native species.
For the record I've eaten things that "would make a billy goat puke"(survival school/Fla.)and wish they were a problem back in the 80's.
I 've also eaten dog,horse, and other exotic meats while over sea's(most not bad !). Never have tried iguana(yet) but I've got a buddy who has and he said it was good. He by the way has several iguana's and water monitor lizards(largest being over 6'). The "feral" cat/dog population droped DRAMATICLY after their arrival in the neighborhood.
I also golf too. Bowling,bird watching,,etc are not sports, just because you can enjoy an adult beverage while doing it does'nt make it Not a sport.
Like I said, "Not to stir the pot". Just wanted to put in my 2cents.

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Cheers, crew,

Tight lines and hasta la victoria.

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from Bo wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Seadog, don't forget the crawfish with shrimp cocktail, maybe a little rattlesnake chili dog. I mean, make a true smorgasbord out of it.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Don't forget the coon/oppossum "pot pie". If we're gonna "eat wild" might as well eat BIG !

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

If you guys throw in some bat bacon. you can count me in.

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from PhillyO wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I've got 3 Iguanas marinating in my fridge right now. They are delicious. I just use the rear legs and tail. Not much meat on the rest. My son got a 5 and a half footer this morning.

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from bluesky wrote 3 years 32 weeks ago

All you animal worshippers one question to you ---if mosquito will sit on your body will you let him drink your blood or will you kill it instantly before it will possibly give you a desease .animal is not a human being but a robot programed by nature to perform simple tasks it does not think it has instinct a simple computer like program but all those tree huggers watch to much idiotic tv programs humanizing animals and telling us to kiss a shark after it just took your leg - total idiocracy and this where all those uneducated animal worshippers live in - lulu fantasy land

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from mattb wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Who says you can't eat coyote? Tastes like beef.

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from sean-vest wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

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from johnson4x4 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

I guess you could eat coyote if you were hungry enough. but you might invoke some bad juju. :)

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Sry u got mixed up I didnt call you a liberal. Only said this is the kind way the want us to do things."united we stand divided we fall" just something we need to think about. Oh yeah on the whole pet thing evrey animal evrey bird evrey fish has probly been some ones pet at sometime. And me voting for Obama lol. I can say I know alot of people who did but I tried to warn them about there massiah. I'm not a republican or liberal tell the tuth never voted & probly never will I'm a person who will get educated on the truth & speak to people about those truths & I hope that makes up for me not ever voting.

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from DivineStrake wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

It's the clear, sound, calm reasoning by people like fearless that make these comments such a joy to read. Keep 'em coming, fearless. You are a treasure.

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from www.dropjhook.com wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Good stuff!!

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from charlie elk wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Cool! This is truly brings diversity to hunting.

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from 813bart wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

stay focused, this is an article re; iguana hunting. it has nothing to do with golf, the president, liberals, dangerous fish, killer cats, hunting puppies, or any of that other bull u wacks are throwing around. that's something for ur myspace page. this is the OL page. thank you!!

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from Terry Gibson wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Cheers, crew,

Tight lines and hasta la victoria.

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Linguini???????

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Guana??????

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

How about fried tennis shoes...no laces

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

You win, I'll close one eye...

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from Ctenosaura wrote 3 years 49 weeks ago

Whoa!!!! Terry, You Must be 10 years old. You and I have something in common. I owned a "Pellet" gun to when I was 10 years old. Thank God, my iguanas
from Florida are safe with Me.

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from DaBears wrote 1 year 11 weeks ago

Some of those pics are hilarious. I knew a guy who taught his pet iguana to smoke a cigarette. It was great because iguanas always take their time and it would slowly puff on that Marlboro.
Anytime I hear the phrase "urban hunting" I think of bows. A crossbow with a bow fishing set-up and a kayak would make quiet & short work of sunning iguanas living along canals. I'll never eat one but they might make good bait for bull sharks! :)

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from tomkly wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Iguana , or is that a cat, can't tell from here.....

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from sean-vest wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

crap drophook dont ever get me mixed up with an obama loving liberal. i didnt vote for him maybe you did?!!!barry obama hussien whatever his real name is and even if he really is a us born citizen.while charton heston was alive i considered him my president.i believe fishing shouldnt be called a sport just like golf its just for fun.crucify me.just because i dont lik my choice of pet being hunted is my right to say its wrong even if its your righ to kill and eat the scaly varmints. my idea of sport is having to stalk my prey for miles staying downwind to avoid being detected believe me if i could just walk up to an elk or deer just kicking back in a tree looking down at me id shoot it also but i wouldnt call it a sport i would call it getting food.cmon look at this guy terry he has a high powered scope and in a prone position ive walked up to trees and shook them out and theyve fallen to the ground ive climbd trees and took them out of the tree they were hiding on. i read in this article a guy took one out with a slingshot.hardley a sport you dont have to be quiet you can scream all the way to the tree where the lizard is and because they are off the ground they think they are good to go.i believe in hunting i love hunting.shoot and eat a lizard i might not help ya eat it but i wont get all peta on you i just like lizards ok...dont ever call me a liberal gun grabber i hate liberals

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

hey live2hunt people like me? retarded....... please.and you fisher1069 or whatever they eat dogs in other countries and use live dogs for sharkbait,that gits you dog lovers and piss's off that fuzzy feelings doesnt it?oh for those peta freeks i'd like to beat them senseless i believe in killing animals for fur, meat, and for experimental reasons....if a primate has to die to find a cure to heal a human good bye ape.i trap hunt and fish.i guess my love for cold blooded creatures and my iguanas over-rode my common sense at the time of my comments i have never eaten iguana meat i heard its good andd ive heard dog tacos are good too. cat is eaten in china. i hate cats good for the chinese.i just really like my chickens of the tree.i might just come out to florida and hug a tree or two and save few lizards.remember people brought them and released thier pet iguana's into the wild.

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

what you call that a sport iguana hunting? thats a bunch of crap im no tree hugger and killed my share of animals for food not sport.i have 4 pet iguana's and they arent dangerouse unless pestered. granted they will bite if threatened. people were attacked?!!! thats a lie told by people that like to feel vindicated for killing dangerous puppy dogs and etc.lets watch as fearless terry gibson stalks the very dangerous and fierce iguana.lol tough guy!!! iguana's just sit in tree's and kick back no stalking involved just walk up and grab them...ive done it. stand back and make that 50 to 100 yard shot to a non moving target just walk up and club them and eat them oh wait where is the sport? coward you have nothing to lose. no risk of injury oh wait you could break a fingernail or get bitten by renagade ants laying too close to an ant pile getting that difficult shot. hunt stuff thats hard to get or that could cause injury back. why dont you go hunting at a dairy and shoot those pesky milk cows. we'll all watch as you get that 100 yard shot and cook that steak and all your posse' will pat you on the back and say good job great shot and then with camera's rolling they will recap in slow motion you getting your quarry. god i wish i was a real hunter like you a real man hunting the fierce iguana please take me under your chicken wing and show me how to be soooo brave

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from fearless92311 wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

yuck yuck yuck im an idiot i wanna go to florida and hunt me some lizards and cook em up im takin my film crew and were gonna catch on film me yes me eating raw iguana meat cause im a side show freak and im fillin my coolers and takin em back to the real world and reality to share the freaksow of eating a pet yep you too can join as we eat iguana,poodle and that there mexican little dog and we will show you have to make a deelicous stew you go with you bad self possum sodimizers join me in ridding florida of the everthreatening lizard sleestack population call me at 1800 get stupider. i will be awaiting your reeeponses yuck yuck im retarded.

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