Alligator Hunting, Cleaning and Cooking Featured on Sept. 5
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Alligator hunting is one of the most exciting adventures for the North American hunter. With alligator populations reaching the millions in the Southeastern States, all of the Gulf Coast states offer seasons as do Georgia and South Carolina on the Atlantic Seaboard. Even interior states like Arkansas and Oklahoma have opened limited alligator hunting in recent years. There is no other sport where the hunter battles a dangerous-game animal at such close range for so long. Most often this is done at night, on the water and with archery equipment, bang sticks, harpoons and knives.
Once secured, the alligator must then be cooled down, cleaned, skinned and processed, which is a pains-taking process. Alligator skinning is much more difficult than stripping the hide from a deer. This process is somewhat covered on the radio show, but the photos in my books Crossbow Hunting and Practical Bowfishing have much more detailed information on the specialized equipment that is used, alligator hunting, processing and cooking.
Depending on the hunts, firearms may be used under certain conditions, but most states require the use of a projectile (arrow, harpoon, grapple or hook) to which a line is attached because shot alligators typically sink. I developed a special system using a tub and crossbow which I find to be effective in allowing a rapid second shot without having to re-rig a bow-mounted reel.
Hunts covered on the show are a muzzleloading rifle hunt from land with Florida alligator trapper, Carl Godwin, and Georgia crossbow hunts with my friends Roger Kicklighter and Ed Foster. A slightly different aspect to alligator hunting is provided by Hunting Across America’s Mike Morgan and Jim Jones, from their video “Gators.” For this and others of their videos go to www.huntingacrossamerica.com. I have a YouTube video “Alligator Hunting and Gator Cooking” at: http://youtu.be/HkEP0ZlBx7s that provides a 5-minute visual overview of the sport.
Ads on this show include SIN’s, Synthetic Industrial Non-Nutritives, Inc.’s new Sports Mascot series which includes eatable alligator models in school dress that may be consumed during tailgate parties at the University of Florida sporting events along with “Ugas” representing the University of Georgia’s bulldog mascot. A special sponsor for this show is MegaGator Park of Orlando, Florida, who anounced their “Romatic Gator Get-A-Way” on Gator Island. This island is in the middle of a pond surrounded by 500 alligators to insure the couple’s privacy. MegaGator said that they will make every effort to recover all of their guests’ remains after their 5-night’s stay.
Information on Practical Bowfishing (available from the author for $20.00) and Crossbow Hunting is available on the author’s website at www.hoveysmith.com.