I thought you aren't allowed to shoot gator in Florida? I thought I heard that recently.
There was a time when gators were "endangered" and no hunting was allowed. Now gators, like deer are alowed to be hunted. Almost all public hunts are primitive. But large landowners with problem gators can apply for and are granted special "deprepation permits". Kinda like they are allowed to take limited number of deer out of season if the deer are too numerous and bothering crops. Most ranchers manage their wildlife better then the goverment manages public land.
Congrats on a great gator!
I would bet that most of the Gulf states have some sort of gator tag.
Originally Posted by QuadCam
You can see gators in downtown Houston from the windows of tall buildings. They live in the drainage areas ( bayous ). Lots of overpasses in west Houston have creeks under them; you will often see signs warning about swimming or fishing, as there are gators present. This is in an area like Cinco Ranch, where the houses are quite large and pricey, at least by my standards.
Outstanding, clark! Any estimation how much that beast weighed? It sure does look big. Awesome animal, and awesome shot.
I didn't take the gator, but while on a hunt a few years ago some fellow hunters brought a 6 or so footer back to camp. I did get the "honor" of cleaning the tail as I had the best knife. That was the weirdest task. Even a couple hours into the cleaning operation, when I'd put my knife to the meat to cut it, the muscle would contract in my hands. Freaky. They certainly do eat well, and that tail easily fed about 15 hungry guys fried gator for one meal and gator gumbo for another.
I remember the first time I had gator. The dragline operator snagged one on a powerplant project in Indiantown and I tastes gator tail for the first time. I was hooked.