Weapons of choice:
Machetes and shot guns,
.22 rifles and pistols
DAVIE, Fla. – Justin Matthews was wearing desert sand colored camouflage pants and a beat-up straw cowboy hat. Jacob Wierzbicki had on a pair of brown leather boots lined with Kevlar that he said cost him $400 and were 100 percent snake-proof. A pair of much younger guys – one with a camouflage shirt, the other with a cammie hat – were sporting roguish-looking reflector sunglasses that might have looked menacing if the boys hadn’t still been in high school.
The four of them had paid $25 each and signed up to hunt Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades. They were going for a prize of $1,500 for the most pythons caught and another $1,000 for the longest snake, which could easily be more than 15 feet.