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Old 05-29-2018, 04:35 AM
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Anyone in Florida into alligator hunting? How about in other states?
Haven't been picked since 2015. The new lottery system has been hit or miss. I've been having to buy the Trapping Agent license and go with someone who drew the CITES tags. This is one of my favorite hunts and I love gator meat. Let's see how it goes this year.
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Old 05-29-2018, 05:32 AM
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i have done a little myself. its fun and of course the meat!
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Old 05-29-2018, 06:46 AM
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I did it commercially in Louisiana a long time ago (before it was on tv).

had a lot of fun doing it

Good luck.
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Old 05-29-2018, 07:21 AM
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I'm waiting for TV to ruin another one of my hobbies. Gator hunting and duck hunting are not what they used to be.
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
I did it commercially in Louisiana a long time ago (before it was on tv).

had a lot of fun doing it

Good luck.
For some reason I always think it's played up on TV, is landing a nice size gator as hard as they make it seem? (Once he's on the hook of course)
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:23 PM
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For some reason I always think it's played up on TV, is landing a nice size gator as hard as they make it seem? (Once he's on the hook of course)
90% of the time, unless it's heavily tangled in matted grass, the gator will rise to the surface by gently applying even pressure when pulling up the line. Just before the head fully breaches the surface, pop him behind the skull plate with a bullet. There's a big a** hook buried in its stomach, it hurts. He will come with a gentle pull. Generally they will give you one chance at this. After that its all hell, but then I'll just leave him to settle down and go check another line. Jerking the string like they do is COMPLETE dramatic effect and not advisable in any way. That is how you get hurt and also hurt the animal and possibly lose it. Not to mention, there is no way in hell they are hitting a quarter sized spot on the head while the gator is rolling. Majority of tags filled each year are relatively boring.
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Pretty much as I figured it. You see them rise up before they start to thrash, that's the time (as you mentioned) to place the shot.Thanks
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We can't shoot 'em in Florida. Gotta dispatch them with a power head/bang stick or sever their medulla oblongata with a knife after you have secured them boatside by other means. Can't use a baited hook either.
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They had passed opening dates here, then closed them. I was really looking forward to a few hunts. I figured it was too good to be true.



“Alligators could only be taken using hand-held ropes or catch poles; hand-held or rod/reel snatch hooks; harpoons or gigs with attached restraining lines; baited, wooden pegs less than 2-inches in length attached to hand-held restraining lines; archery equipment with arrow-attached restraining lines,” the new regulation states.
https://portcitydaily.com/local-news...-in-september/
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Originally Posted by YFMF View Post
For some reason I always think it's played up on TV, is landing a nice size gator as hard as they make it seem? (Once he's on the hook of course)

Oh it is bigtime.

Not even close to reality.

They dont even take care of them. Money is in the hide. . . they dry out and the skin "slips" very easily fwiw.
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I'm waiting for TV to ruin another one of my hobbies. Gator hunting and duck hunting are not what they used to be.
Yep Duck Dynasty F-ed up duck hunting and Swamp people F-ed up Alligator hunting. I have not been picked for a tag in the past 3 years....here is shooting for year #4 of no tags!
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Originally Posted by lurker25 View Post
Yep Duck Dynasty F-ed up duck hunting and Swamp people F-ed up Alligator hunting. I have not been picked for a tag in the past 3 years....here is shooting for year #4 of no tags!
Are you in SE FL? When I was in college in Tallahassee, I could get them every year no problem, now here in Palm Beach County its harder to get gator tags than Sambar tags.....
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Did it for years before it became popular but since then it's been a bitch. Everybody and their damned brother wants to go hunt Gator yet have to ask what to do and how to handle it. My favorite areas are now so tightly patrolled you can't take a leak without someone spying on you.
I used to have a few ponds in south GA that always had some the best size (5-6') and now all they have are either 10 footers (not that good to eat) or 2 footers, not enough to eat.
Swamp People has ruined it just like Duck Dynasty did duck hunting....
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I'm due to win again this year (I hope). First time was a blast.
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I was just charged $280.09 on my credit card!! Looks like my 3 year streak of no tags is finally over!!

Grouper dude I applied for Okechobee. Just don't know what section or phase yet.
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
We can't shoot 'em in Florida. Gotta dispatch them with a power head/bang stick or sever their medulla oblongata with a knife after you have secured them boatside by other means. Can't use a baited hook either.

i prefer the bang stick over a standard fire arm. ultimately the same results.
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Fwiw i always used .22 magnum and put it right against them just barely out the water or else youll get wet.

small hole

Make sure you know where the soft spot is.

Ps first one we ever got was 13'8" and his tail was just a nub a foot long past the rear legs.

Ill call my buddy and see if he has a copy of the pic.
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I was just charged $280.09 on my credit card!! Looks like my 3 year streak of no tags is finally over!!

Grouper dude I applied for Okechobee. Just don't know what section or phase yet.
You find out Friday. They put a hold on everyone's card to verify funds are available. Any cards declined kicks you out of the drawing. Its a hold on your card, if your successful you will be charged, if unsuccessful the hold will be dropped.
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Not sure what the preferred method is in Florida these days, but last time I went 25 years ago it was from an airboat. Guy driving the airboat had a VW headlight strapped to a hard hat, which had a couple leads to the only battery that barely started the engine. He'd scan the horizon at night for orange reflectors - their eyes. The brighter the reflection, the bigger the gator. The tool used to catch them was a 8' long wooden dowel that had a large nail driven into one end with the head ground off, sharpened to a point, a swiveling gig, about 8' of 1/8" wire cable to which a pair of milk jugs were tied. Once the driver selected a gator, he would keep the headlight on him and we would fly up and past it at 25 mph, my job was to keep my eye on the light and as it flew by me I had to bury the gig in it's back. I was told you need to hit it pretty hard, but if I missed, don't fall over because I'll be a foot away from the spooked gator, and it could take up to a minute for them to circle back and get me into the boat. Once you get back to a gator, it would go into a death roll, and wrapping the cable around its body, putting the milk jugs a foot away from his mouth. Once we got the cable secured, a bang stick finished him off. The boat had about a foot of freeboard, and when trying to raise it over the side, coolers, battery, beer cans, and water all sloshed to one side about swamping the boat. We managed to get 3 that night, two 8-footers and a 10-footer, I swear that bigger one was twice the girth of the other two. FWC (whatever they were called back then), stopped us to make sure we had proper tags applied and went about his way. Good times...
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Originally Posted by Grouperdude View Post
You find out Friday. They put a hold on everyone's card to verify funds are available. Any cards declined kicks you out of the drawing. Its a hold on your card, if your successful you will be charged, if unsuccessful the hold will be dropped.
On the gooutdoorsflorida.com website it says cost that will be charged is succesful. I did not remember them actually charging me before. Crap!
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