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Trick or Treat, Gator Hunt on Halloween

Postby kg4yus » Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:45 am

Last Night of Gator hunting, Halloween night!
Had one tag left to fill and lit up a easy 6 footer. Threw out a peice of good ole rotten beef lung and backed the boat off about 200'. Tied off to the boat of course.
Waited and waited and waited never to see the target gator.
Waited some more, what seemed like an eternity and finally the indicator buoy took off like a submarine, gator on! Fearing pulling the bait out of the gator we let it pull us around for 45 minutes, now remember were still thinking this gator is 6' or so, finally eased it up to top near the boat ready to put the harpoon in and I saw the head! Adrenaline started pumping, I knew this gator was at the least 10'.
When the gator realized he was at the boat all hell broke loose, my agent managed to get a harpoon in him and the tug of war match was on, another 90 minutes of this gator pulling us up and down the Ocklawaha and we got a chance to hit him with the bangstick. Waited a good thirty minutes to make good and sure it was dead.
There was absolutely no way we could roll it over in the boat so we tied it off and made slow trip back to the dock. Then we realized truly what we had all 12' 6" of it

This guy is a monster, and I've nicknamed him stumpy, as you can see why in the picture. I'll post up tommorow after visiting the processor with a weight, I guess 500lbs or more. Will get some better pics then too.

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Postby snipeshooter » Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:26 am

Nice work!
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:56 pm

good God that is a big lizard :eek:
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Postby kg4yus » Wed Nov 01, 2006 5:48 pm

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Postby cary00silve » Thu Nov 02, 2006 8:10 am

Damn, Winston. Good Kill!
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Thu Nov 02, 2006 11:44 am

didja ever find out the weight? and also how old would something like that be, any clue?
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Postby kg4yus » Thu Nov 02, 2006 1:14 pm

I figured the thing weighed maybe 500 pounds or a little more, I was WAY off...
712 pounds
Age is probably over 50 yrs old.
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Postby jjohnson_714 » Fri Nov 03, 2006 12:31 am

i just cant get over how huge that thing is compared to the other ones. so did you get it with a bang-stick or whatever they're called? and how do you do it by the way, just boat over and pop them in the head or do you bait them in?

sorry if im asking so many ?'s, but its not like we have any of those in north idaho :getdown:
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Postby DUCKWHACKER » Fri Nov 03, 2006 5:51 am

Great job Winston :thumbsup: Thats a sackful of gator bites ya got there. :yes:
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Postby Duckbud » Mon Nov 06, 2006 10:28 pm

Excuse my California ignorance, but what do ya do with 712 lbs of gator?
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Postby kg4yus » Tue Nov 07, 2006 5:28 am

Once the meat is processed and packaged by a USDA approved facililty it can be sold to restaraunts and such. There was only 106 lbs of useable meat on this such gator. The hide is sold as well for boots, belts, or wall hanger.
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Postby FL CANVASBACK » Wed Dec 13, 2006 3:37 pm

GO GATORS...
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