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Re: Deformed gator
« Reply #20 on: February 23, 2008, 04:59:43 PM »
  Geeez I know they don't all look exactly the same, but they are all ugly.  I think I am going to skip Fl  if I go south, if it isn't venemous(?) stings, has a big snapper, makes you break out in hives or squeezes the crap outta you it is not in Fl. :shock:

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Re: Deformed gator
« Reply #21 on: February 23, 2008, 07:20:58 PM »
  Geeez I know they don't all look exactly the same, but they are all ugly.  I think I am going to skip Fl  if I go south, if it isn't venemous(?) stings, has a big snapper, makes you break out in hives or squeezes the crap outta you it is not in Fl. :shock:


Those particular gators are ugly . They are near a county park and they have overpopulated in that area . They are all scarred up and real skinny for their size.

Big 58 cal, there is a hunting season in FL its in September ther drawing for tags is in June . There is a real high sucess rate on the public hunt. And there are some large gators in the public hunt areas .  I wish I could catch soem of the gators in those areas :'( but they wont let me.  I see 10 foot and bigger all the time but cannot touch them. Most hunters use airboats . I like my little 10 ft boat . You can get up close to them . Most of the gators are within 2 feet of me when I bangstick them . I will let them pull me around the lake sometimes ;D

I may get into taking some people in the future . I need to learn the area here a bit better and get more gear to properly outfit someone. I have only been trapping them for about 8 months. There are also liability issues i need to check into . It can be dangerous

This is the largest I have gotten out of that lake . I have caught 15 gators in the area you see in that picture all between 6 and 10 feet





This is how most of the hides look from that lake some worse you can see bite marks on top of bite marks they are all the black places on his hide

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Re: Deformed gator
« Reply #22 on: February 26, 2008, 06:49:55 AM »
I had fried alligator tail at a new local resturant and wasn't impressed. They over-seasoned it and the ratio of breading:meat was so screwed up that the most of the meat was only bacon-thick. I just wanted to have a man eating predator for dinner, what I got was spicy fried crumbs.  How do you kill these dinos?
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Re: Deformed gator
« Reply #23 on: February 26, 2008, 10:42:18 AM »
Gator, I was thinking of you outfitting gator hunts and then I spotted your post. You would do good with the outfitting.  O0 That would be a blast, hunting gators.
We moved back here from Texas the day gator season opened back in '84.  :'( We had all kinds of gators right by our place in Texas.
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Re: Deformed gator
« Reply #24 on: February 27, 2008, 04:19:47 PM »
I had fried alligator tail at a new local resturant and wasn't impressed. They over-seasoned it and the ratio of breading:meat was so screwed up that the most of the meat was only bacon-thick. I just wanted to have a man eating predator for dinner, what I got was spicy fried crumbs.  How do you kill these dinos?


I have different methods of catching them with fishing rod, baits or calling them in. I use a bangstick to kill them. I catch the smaller ones alive and the bigger ones ocassionally , if kids are around or a bunch of anti hunters the state would rather me catch them live than offend people .

Gator meat is great I hate all the bredding and stuff poeople put on it. My favorite cuts are the jowl muscles and I like the leg meat . Its a darker red meat  and has a different flavor than the tail. The tail is good meat its just kinda plain tasting compared to other cuts.

I have been busy till the cold front got here I caught 9 yesterday


 


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Re: Deformed gator
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2008, 08:55:03 AM »
 :shock: Gators and gators! Wow! I bet that's at least a two man job to hunt and load those, even the smaller ones. Not a job for someone squeamish or not paying attention at all times!
We had a local commercial fisherman that caught 2 or 3 gators here, in his nets. They were still alive and about 5 or 6 feet long.
It is said that they can't survive our winters, but I really wonder about that. He said those are the meanest critters he had ever caught in a net. Folks figure someone turned them loose in the Mississippi River near here in SE Iowa. They had been spotted by our local townsfolk on a local sandbar several times just before being caught.

Once and a while a cottonmouth snake turns up here, not native to this area. I have seen one cottonmouth here on the river, one I killed 50 years ago just north of town by a wing dam. Southern critters found here are rumored to ride river barges from down south.

 I handle our wildlife calls at work on my 10 hour shift. A few years ago at work I captured a full grown male coti, certainly not native to here. We figure he must have ridden in on a truck or train car.
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Re: Deformed gator
« Reply #26 on: March 03, 2008, 03:39:04 PM »
Those Coati's are cool looking critters . I bet they get pissed like a coon or something when you catch them?

I have seen gators in SC and they say they are in NC it gets cold on the coast where they live they dig a cave to overwinter. They also like culverts to winter in they stay fairly warm in the winter its a man made perfect cave for them.

Gators can travel a lot Iowa is a bit far north. I think I have heard of sharks being caught in Illinios in the Mississippi River? Who knows how they got there people could have released them when they got to big to be a pet.
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