Not a great success. Over 1000 hunters signed up for the contest which has prizes for performance. Through the first 5 days they only managed to turn in 21 snakes. Several big name "swamp hunters" from the SE have been shut out.
Python Contest results
It only re-enforces what many have said. This is not as simple as blumbering into the swamp and just finding snakes in the open for the taking. I watched a program on the Animal Planet a few months back that followed researchers tracking the movement of chipped snakes. Even using the RF equipment it took hours to find their hiding spots.
I think FL is past the point of no return.