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Business end of a bowfishing rigged blowgun
Made good use of a long overnight in FLL this week. Got a hold of Capt JP and he was kind enough to come pick me up and take me out for 4 hours of fun in the hot FL sun.
I blowgunned a bunch of lizards, shot some bigger ones with the bow. If they are not positioned correctly where you can get them into the water, you can't hold them with the lighter blowgun tackle..
This one is perfect blowgun size.
Big claws on these dudes! This is also the eating part.
You can see this one hanging by his tail in the dark green tree, I had stuck him once but he pulled out, got him off balance enough to keep him hanging, got another dart in him and down he came. He was 20' up at least, pretty proud of that shot.
He had a double re-growth on him, Ol' Two-Tail..
Pretty cool critters!
These were both very nice ones, just under 60" long.
They don't like being held, you have to persuade them a little first..
Cool skin patterns, JP says they don't tan well though, lose all their color..
Looks like great fun - thanks for sharing! Did you eat any?
This looks like a pile of fun thanks for sharing
I want to do that do you eat them?
Yes, you harvest the legs, as with most reptiles, they have bigger leg muscles and they must be flexed anytime they are not resting on the torso...
The tail is very tendon-y, not meaty like a gator. I will report back after we eat some. You can grill them with the skin on and then pull it off, similar to grilling a fish .
It's been awhile since I've had that much fun, very cool to stick stuff with a blowgun!
There were two large iguanas living on the canal near the house we rented in Sanibel this May. I enjoyed watching them, but they creeped out my wife, and few of our guests.
I never knew iguanas could swim until one of them launched off the canal bank and swam directly underneath my boat one morning. Surprised the crap out of me.
There’s a bounty on them in some ritzy developments in S FL. To many rednecks where I live for them to be able to survive
Saw a guy hunting them with a pellet gun and that looked like a riot.
How long did it take you to get dialed in with the blow gun....sounds like you were hitting on all cylinders in a short period of time.
That looks like a blast! That blowgun setup is really cool. Add another one to the list:-)
I’m headed to Florida do gator hunt in a few months, maybe I should look into adding a iguana hunt too!!!!
Hunted them in march was a blast
I have a friend in Hawks Cay who is a licensed nuisance sharpshooter and uses a pellet gun. He has literally shot thousands. He only shoots the bigger ones now unless called to a residence to remove all. He used to hire out to the nurseries in homestead Fl. as the iguanas would destroy the nursery stock. The numbers are incredible. Might be a cool p/t retired gig!
Zebra....what did that bad boy score....looks like P&Y easily.
Fraklin LOL IT was six feet long I didn't realize they were that big
This looks fun! I love shooting stuff, nd this is right up that alley. Kind of like scaley squirrels!
First trip was just a scouting trip for the upcoming family vacation. Got my 12 yr old on some good shooting.
Mom got the biggest one of the day, it didn't even move after she shot. I had just broken my line and was retying, the guide had her load up a couple more darts, without any line on them and she brained him on the second shot.
She rolled him down the bank, they do get wrapped up...
It was HOT by the time we got done.
Went frogging in the 'glades a couple nights prior, here we are waiting for dark. It's not as easy as it looks as the airboat never stops, it's like jousting. As you approach, point the gig, point point point and then a final light trust at 1" away. The boat never stops..... I thought the frogs would be bigger, but most of them were on the smaller size.
Mom soaked them in cream for a while before cooking, best frog legs I've ever had.
The night before our blowgun shoot, we got my babygirl her first gator. Nothing monstrous , perfect size for her to handle.
Nice! I LOVE frog legs. Used to catch them with a fishing pole and plastic worms on farm ponds in Oklahoma. They put up a heck of a fight.
So we were pretty tired the day we all went blowgunning, got 14 big one that day. I let the girls have a day off by the pool and went out with JP again. From my previous trip, I decided a precision bowfishing rig was needed to snipe the big ones out of the trees. You can't just flail away, unless you bring 3 dozen arrows...once you shoot up into the trees, you're not getting the shaft back...so only way to get your arrow back every time is to have an Iguana on the end of it. Enter the Athens , my bow I leave set up just for head shooting turkeys. Turns out it was tuned perfectly for the yellow-jackets. Threw a reel on it got it sighted in for 6 yds or so and called it good.
You can see how thick the brush is.
Having a sight on this rig was key. I only missed one out of 14 shots. I was able to head/shoulders pound them, knocked them clean off their perches. If notice the dart in this one, this is from knocking him back in the brush, him trying to scramble to the water, wrapping the line around 326 branches... since he's near the water and it's easier to bring him towards you instead of dragging him backwards through the brush, we would dart him, slack the bow line and then get him into the boat using the blowgun . Untie the arrow and the line comes back through the brush no problem, on it's own.
got a bunch of VERY nice ones...12 over 5', didn't get the 6'er I was after, one big one was broke off and regrown.
and how are they for eating ?
in Belize, they told me traditionally they'd kill a pregnant female, roast them whole and the eggs inside were a delicacy
^^^ This...What a blast, who would have thunk it!
COOL! Any pics of the parts you ate and how did they taste?
Way cool... Thanks for sharing...
I didn't even know there were iguanas in FL. They're not native, right?
Non native and you should see the size of some of them. They lounge on the side of the road as you cruise thru the Keys I gave up counting them.
Learn something new every day......cool !
I have 3 bags of legs in the freezer, haven't cooked any yet. Yes, they are invasive, and all OVER the place. Super cool hunt, never even owned a blowgun til 4 months ago, those things are SO fun to shoot, just can't get enough of blowing darts into these lizards.
The big ones require bowfishing equipment, unless they are on a seawall, right next to water and you can get them to jump quickly, otherwise they head to the brush and its ugly. Strong little dudes..
Thanks for the positive comments folks! Anyone interested in going, feel free to PM me and I will give you all the info I have.