Florida gator/Hog hunt

minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior MemberPosts: 674 Senior Member
Just got back from a southwest Florida gator and hog hunt. Tons of fun, didn’t get a hog, only tiny little ones came in and I passed on them. Went out night hunting with thermal imaging, that was very cool, several buddies got pigs that way.

I did get a gator though. Just under 7’, nothing huge but a great time.

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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,003 Senior Member
    Those lizards look pretty darn big to me.

    Congrats on a what looked to be a fun hunt.
    Jerry

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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 8,971 Senior Member
    Need details. How exactly does one hunt Gators?
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  • pjames777pjames777 Senior Member Posts: 1,027 Senior Member
    What a croc! :rotflmao:
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,712 Senior Member
    Oh, hell yeah! Nice score!
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Never ate any. Maybe someday.
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  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 674 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    Need details. How exactly does one hunt Gators?

    We didn’t really hunt them per say, it was more of fishing for them. We had large fishing poles with huge treble hooks and 3-4 ounce weights attached and we cast and snagged them. When you got a gator you liked, then it was your choice on how to dispatch them. Some people shot them with a pistol, other’s a large fixedblade knife or a spear. I choose a spear.
  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 674 Senior Member
    We ate gator every day when we were there, it was good.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 8,971 Senior Member
    We didn’t really hunt them per say, it was more of fishing for them. We had large fishing poles with huge treble hooks and 3-4 ounce weights attached and we cast and snagged them. When you got a gator you liked, then it was your choice on how to dispatch them. Some people shot them with a pistol, other’s a large fixedblade knife or a spear. I choose a spear.

    Pretty sure I would not go after something that can eat me with just a spear. there would be a firearm with a caliber that starts with at least .4 with me.

    Interesting methods, though
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,704 Senior Member
    pjames777 wrote: »
    What a croc! :rotflmao:

    No it's not!!! It's a Gator ****!!!:jester:
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  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 12,553 Senior Member
    bullsi1911 wrote: »
    Pretty sure I would not go after something that can eat me with just a spear. there would be a firearm with a caliber that starts with at least .4 with me.

    Interesting methods, though
    I know some gator hunters that, once they have the gator, dispatch them with a chisel to the base of the skull.
    Overkill is underrated.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,626 Senior Member
    Fun I bet.
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  • NCFUBARNCFUBAR Senior Member Posts: 4,177 Senior Member
    We have it easier up here in NC ...
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  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 674 Senior Member
    I know some gator hunters that, once they have the gator, dispatch them with a chisel to the base of the skull.
    Two of the guys in our group actually killed them with a folding buck knife
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Two of the guys in our group actually killed them with a folding buck knife

    A good gator huntet has two hands, two feet, and all their fingers and toes:uhm::tooth:
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 18,963 Senior Member
    I would LOVE a gator skull on my shelf!!

    nicely done.

    You gonna do anything with the skull or hide?
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  • minnesotashooterminnesotashooter Senior Member Posts: 674 Senior Member
    Zee wrote: »
    I would LOVE a gator skull on my shelf!!

    nicely done.

    You gonna do anything with the skull or hide?

    Hide is getting tanned then probably going to use the belly for a holster and boots, the back of the gator will go on my wall.
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,173 Senior Member
    New pair of boots!
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