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Please bear with this Naive Yankee, but after watching several seasons of Swamp People, I was wondering how you all deal with 'gators and hunting dogs while duck hunting. I would think with shooting a bunch of ducks from a blind and sending a retriever out that there would be blood and splashing enough to attract a gator. I ask this in all seriousness.
Thanks, I look forward to your answers.
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Only have to worry about them during Teal season for the most part near me. Once the air temperature drops the water temp low enough the gator go inactive and bury themselves in mud. Thier metabolism slows down to pretty much nothing. I dont know the exact temps where they start to do that but think I read somwhere a water temp of 60F or below they drop thier metabolism.
During teal season however I leave the dog at home. It is simply not worth the risk for me. My dog is too much a part of the family and I know of too many horror stories. Teal season and warm weather the water levels are high and I bring the pirogue with me in the boat and get them myself. Once regular season open in November your pretty much good to go due to the temps. Im still always on the lookout however when i send her for a retrieve just in case.
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Pretty well pegged it.
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Simple. If you have gators, don't bring the dog when it is warm.
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I have had a couple of dogs that weren't performing, so no big loss when I send them into the gator infested bayou. Easier than burying them.
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You just gotta be smart about when you bring themm..... my dad lost his champion lab on a DECEMBER hunt in pecan island.....if its hot we leave em home.. if its cool we hunt them..... price you pay for hunting in the swamps and marsh here.
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Padding around Lake Martin scouting on Dec. 1 and 2, 2012, weather was in the 70s to 80s and I saw some dinosaur size gators sunning themselves on logs. Kinda made me nervous about jumping into the water myself. Snap!
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