Shooting Iguanas?

Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
Situation:

Residence in Ft Lauderdale
Iguanas ON the property

Can I shoot them to kill, by using a pellet gun or any sort of air propelled rifle ON my property?

I know that I can kill them but it has to be in one motion. Beating them to death is not legal.

If anyone has a slam dunk solution to keeping them off the property (not getting a dog), sing out please!

Thanks in advance!
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  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 4,857 Captain
    You telling me that a baseball bat to the head isn't a slam dunk? I would think that would be way more effective than a pellet gun. What are the regulations for discharging a weapon in your area?
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  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    Ever tried to get within even 10 feet of one? Whooooosh, right in the canal.

    I'm 'asking' in this Section because it's titled "Ask The Law".....
  • CAn't shoot em
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 3,907 Captain
    There was a article in the Sun Sentinel a few weeks ago addressing this issue. As long as pellet guns are legal in your City, yes you can shoot them according to the paper. My search engine is on the fritz but if you google the keywords: Iguanas, Sun Sentinel ,Killing, legal, etc. you might be able to find the article.It was pretty much in depth.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • OK, current story.
    Neighbor is out back on the canal this afternoon when someone across the canal has a company running up the seawalls shooting iguanas with a pellet gun. Pellets were bounding off her house. She called me to say she heard pellet hitting my boat.

    So we called BSO and Boca PD. 

    Wrong time in our lives to call in a shooter in your backyard. 

    Within minutes there were a dozen police on the seawall with assault rifles looking for an active shooter!!!!  And BSO swat was on our side looking.   They ultimately wrote some kind of warning to the iguana catchers.







  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,304 AG
    Blow gun with tiny little broad head.

    For reference, watch the Rat Movie - I posted the trailer for the movie in the "rat in grill thread". 

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  • BobberBobber Posts: 885 Officer
    Weren't you guys ever kids???

    Slingshot baby, modern hunting models are waay beyond the toys I grew up with. Deadly on iguanas from 30'
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    Yeah, it's the missed shots that might hit something beyond the lizard that bothers me. I would never stand out in the back yard to shoot one but my patio would be more discreet. I'd line up the shot with nothing beyond in case I missed.
  • AndrewFLAndrewFL Posts: 52 Greenhorn
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  • StryderStryder Posts: 172 Deckhand
    Read the article in Sentinel which notes the one trapper sells the meat, anyone tried it ? Misses and ricochets from pellet gun or slingshot could be problematic. 

    You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Wayne Gretzky

  • surfmansurfman WC FLPosts: 4,857 Captain
    Stryder said:
     Misses and ricochets from pellet gun or slingshot could be problematic. 
    Which is kind of why discharging a firearm in a city is illegal usually.
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  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    Talked to a Jamaican guy once and he confirmed that they do eat them there!

    There's also a show on (Outdoor Network?) TV called 'Dead Meat' where the host eats all sorts of critters like python, armadillo and in one show, he went out with a guy who shoots Iguanas legally and then they cooked one up!
  • probate-rprobate-r Posts: 263 Deckhand
    Down at my office in Davie we see people at least once or twice a week catching them up and down the Griffin Road Canal.  Nooses on Cane poles and cane poles with snag hooks seem to be the tool of choice.  I talked to one of the guys one time and he confirmed he sells them, but they have to be live when he delivers them.  So taking that idea a little further, how about a really long cane pole with a light wire noose to noose them, then a baseball bat to the head for the 1 motion rule?
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  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    Yep, that might work. If I go slowly, I can sometimes get to within 8-10 feet of them. But, being right next to the canal (their main escape route!), might make it tough.....
  • s8angs8ang Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    Find something that provides you cover, place a frisbee full of cut watermelon within reach of your cane pole noose/snatch hook contraption. When they are eating and distracted you should be able to snag them. My buddy uses a headhunter pole spear with a slip tip and shoots them out of trees, chops them into bite size chunks marinate in mojo and grilled! Not bad!

    I bet the first guy to try a lobster was insane...
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    Or a raw oyster!!
  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,213 Officer
    In the 19th century lobster were not eaten by the normal population. Lobsters were mainly used to feed inmates in prisons. This is not a rumor but a historical fact.
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  • deflavedeflave Miramar, FloridaPosts: 3 Greenhorn
    I bought an iguana gun as soon as I knew I was moving down here.  Now I just need to find an iguana.
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    Yep, Lobsters were considered trash food.......

    Update! been too busy to have done anything like visit a Dic*s Sporting Goods store to look at air rifles, but lately, I'm seeing 6-8 bright green little guys all over the seawall and dock and that means next year, lots of bigger guys out back!
  • conchydongconchydong Pompano BeachPosts: 3,907 Captain
    I got one a few weeks ago the primitive way. I chased him around the yard and he couldn't scale the fence and then went for the pool. In the pool he stayed deep but I chased him with the leaf net for 10 minutes until he was tired and out of breath. Finally, I was able to scoop him and bring on the deck then I hit  him over the head with a piece of 2x4. The adrenaline rush was great. Better than just shooting him. Mano a Mano.

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • watergatorwatergator Fort Pierce Posts: 102 Deckhand
    If you can ensure that the bullet doesnt leave your property then you can shoot them with a .22. Florida doesnt allow counties, cities, or municipalities to regulate firearms and if yours is doing so then feel free to report them and they will get a warning of losing state funding for violating that. Pellet guns are not considered firearms though so I dont know that they are covered under the same regulation. Also, shooting iguanas on someone elses property (or your bullet entering their property in any way) is considered trespassing unless you have their prior, written permission. 

    All that said, the best technique I have found is a bright colored plug on a spinning rod. Theyll chase it down and give quite a fight on light tackle. 
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    A Forum buddy had one get way down inside his old 28 Topaz. I mean, way down under the cockpit deck! "You better leave every access door and panel wide open for him to get out because if he dies inside your boat, it won't smell very good for about 6 months!"

    That's what I'm afraid of with my boat being on the water next to the seawall where they love to sun themselves.
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    edited June 26 #25
    I bought one of these to keep the birds from pooping on my open patio and patio paddle fans blades for our house in Key Largo. Worked GREAT!

    I've tried THREE times now to add a photo of my 'Gull's Be Gone' crazy cat thing but it won't post the photo. One of the many frustrating things about this 'New and Wonderful' Forum!

    Anyway, we sold that house and I now move my 'cat' around on the dock and seawall and at least the older lizards seem to fear the thing, so I have made some progress!




  • Docked WagesDocked Wages Posts: 2,833 Admin
    OK, current story.
    Neighbor is out back on the canal this afternoon when someone across the canal has a company running up the seawalls shooting iguanas with a pellet gun. Pellets were bounding off her house. She called me to say she heard pellet hitting my boat.

    So we called BSO and Boca PD. 

    Wrong time in our lives to call in a shooter in your backyard. 

    Within minutes there were a dozen police on the seawall with assault rifles looking for an active shooter!!!!  And BSO swat was on our side looking.   They ultimately wrote some kind of warning to the iguana catchers.







    Wow, that is really funny in this context. 
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  • gritsnhuntin1gritsnhuntin1 Posts: 859 Officer
    I had to redo a dock down south  quite a  few years ago. I went with the homeowner who was a repeat client down to take a look. I looked under the dock from above and  i saw Godzilla! My boss at the time asked me what the stringers were made of and i told him i couldn't tell and he better take a look. He proceeded to look under the dock himself and i stomped on the decking right behind the iguana.   He shot out like a rocket brushing right by my boss' head. The homeowner and i couldn't stop laughing, my boss came up he was white as a sheet. Then he said "that **** thing looked like Godzilla from a few inches away". Every day after that he would go down to the dock with a shovel and look around before we started working.
  • Gary MGary M Posts: 13,126 AG
    We have a tall hedge right outside our patio door. Two weeks ago I walked around the end of it and a pretty big one shot just past me. Scared the crap out of me.........

    I bought some rodent spray and a granular version of the same stuff and need to get out there and see if that works. Bought some sand and dirt to fill in a really low, soft spot right behind the seawall. Might be a nest down there.
  • Nick_BrutonNick_Bruton Posts: 28 Greenhorn
    Anyone tried a .22 with rat shot? Gets rid of the risk of stray bullets/pellets, and seems pretty effective close range.
  • pottydocpottydoc Posts: 2,414 Captain
    edited July 4 #30
    Rat shot probably won't penetrate their skin. 
  • Flat-catFlat-cat Posts: 11 Greenhorn
    Some serious pellet guns out there. A pre charged pneumatic (charge from scuba tank) in 22 is accurate and surprisingly powerful. Think what they use in PR for Iguanas as other/real guns illegal. 
    Also can get Collibri brand 22 rimfire ammo at gun shows. Basically the primer/no powder powers bullett. About same noise as airgun, again surprisingly powerful
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