We found out about this guy a while ago…Courtland Hunt from Bradenton, Florida, posted a video on YouTube of him using his modified Glock handgun to kill a lionfish. To effectively shoot in the water, Hunt modified the gun with a longer barrel and he used non-toxic lead-free ammunition. He’s been using a modified Gen 3 Glock 17 and lead-free ammo to shoot the fish.
He’s updated his hunting rig with what he calls a “Raygun” underwater suppressor.The suppressor dissipates the gas and tones down the impact to the shooter. It’s still loud though.
Don’t worry…lionfish are considered an invasive species. They negatively impact the native species and their habitat. With them eating other fish and reefs and their overabundance, the marine life in Florida is suffering. They multiple quickly with females releasing 12,000 to 15,000 eggs every four days! The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends that anyone who is able to remove lionfish from Florida waters to do so to preserve the native marine life and ecosystems in the state. Most of the time, lionfish are speared, caught in nets, or with hook and line. There is no limit to how many lionfish can be caught and disposed of in Florida. And, we hear they’re good eating.