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Gator Hunting

alligatorBelieve it or not, there are many hunters that enjoy the sport of hunting alligators.  Because of the habitat, gator hunting is like no other.  The most difficult aspect is locating the alligator and attaching a restraining line.  The basic equipment needed for alligator hunting is a harpoon pole, hands free headlight, bangs stick, electrical tape, gaff, and a sharp knife.  Some optional equipment that is helpful would be a fishing rod and snatch hooks.

The best, anywhere method of attaching a workable restraining line is a harpoon and should be considered mandatory for gators over 7′. While a bow rigged for fish works well in open water, they do not function so great with a small line in vegetation, timber, brush or other obstructions. With a harpoon rigged with the line through the pole, you may harpoon any size gator in any circumstance and be reasonably able to retrieve him. A simple locating line, for open water use, is a casting rod and a snatch hook. A large hook is used to hook them on the bottom, a small hook to accurately cast over a swimming gator. Once hooked, the trick is to tire him to where you can easily harpoon him, attaching a large restraining line. If pulled boat side, a jab pole or a throw pole will work.  If you hit the alligator on the soft spot of the neck, tail, or flank, it will make the catch somewhat easier. While working a gator in range of harpoon or bow, a hands free headlamp is highly recommended. Most of your hunting will be at night as the gators are more active after dark. If you are lucky, you may harvest one at sunset or sunrise. More than likely, however, it will be after dark.  A quiet approach is highly recommended so only one gator hunter should have a light.

Few things are more exciting and memorable than alligator hunting in the marshlands.  It is an excellent opportunity to have a fun filled family adventure. Hunters will not only have the chance to capture the trophy of a lifetime, they will also be able to see  wildlife at its best as they travel through marshlands in the middle of the night, gliding in just a few inches of water. It feels like a never-ending carnival ride.

Source: How to Hunt a Gator.” How to Hunt a Gator. Web. 26 June 2013.

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