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Local trapper prepares for Python Bowl

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The competition has processionals and amateurs spend ten days in the Everglades, catching as many pythons as possible. (WPEC)

Trapper Mike Kimmel, with Martin County Trapping and Wildlife Removals, will be participating in his first Python Bowl this year.

"Essentially it's going to be turning people lose to try their hand at catching pythons," said Kimmel.

The competition has professionals and amateurs spend ten days in the Everglades, catching as many pythons as possible.

"You got to really be patient and dedicated. When I go out there, I'm usually hunting all day, all night," said Kimmel.

There are several categories to compete in, including the longest snake and most snakes caught. Winners can be awarded money and an ATV.

Kimmel will be making money no matter what.

"For state contractors, we will still be making our minimum wage hourly while we're out there, cover gas a little bit, and then we'll be paid per python, as we normally do," said Kimmel.

Trapper mike spent the day packing and planning for the hunt.

"I'm going to be sleeping out in the swamp for ten days, hunting the pythons, so I'm packing food, water, everything like that," said Kimmel.

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