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Contributors to this thread:
Drop tine 04-Feb-16
QQ Archery 04-Feb-16
bowfinatic 04-Feb-16
EIStone 04-Feb-16
TreeWalker 04-Feb-16
Drop tine 05-Feb-16
bghunter 05-Feb-16
INbowdude 06-Feb-16
bghunter 06-Feb-16
Mint 08-Feb-16
krieger 08-Feb-16
From: Drop tine
04-Feb-16
Recently went on my first swamp tour while on a weekend trip to New Orleans and this stoked the fires to do a Gator hunt this summer.

I would prefer to do one of the public hunts (was thinking Florida) but don't know much about the process. I would be flying in from Alberta and may want to do some bowfishing or a hog hunt while down there.

Any suggestions on outfitters? How hard is it to get a tag? Do you normally use your regular compound bow and set it up? Any knowledge on getting the meat and head/skin back across the border?

Any advice would be appreciated.

From: QQ Archery
04-Feb-16

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Hi Drop Tine , went to fl.once gator hunting with our support stick, a ton of fun for sure but very tough as well. it is draw buy every one i believe res and non res, there might be a special lic for some trapping folks. maybe some els could help out, but i do no they draws so get as many hunting buddies as ya can ,o ye you have to pay for them up front i think it is 500.00,good luck hope it helps

From: bowfinatic
04-Feb-16
Gat'or Done out of florida

From: EIStone
04-Feb-16
I went with Danny Santangelo of Okeechobee Outfitters in Lorida Fla.Shoot an 8' and had fun hunting wild hogs also.

From: TreeWalker
04-Feb-16
Used a crossbow in Florida on a public land permit. Labor Day weekend. Permit has 2 tags. Can hunt at night. No bait on hooks. Bugs, bugs and more bugs. Thunderstorms blew through. The draw is by application with lots of public land choices and I think 3 seasons to spread out the hunters but if do not fill both tags there is a final season for everyone.

I got my permit during the leftover phase which is after the results are posted on the draw and is first come first serve online deal and the system crashed several times that morning.

You could do this hunt yourself but would be tough to do from the bank of the unit I hunted so need a boat. I hired a guide who had an airboat, the crossbow and the bang stick.

Was amazing to get out in the water and see hundreds of sets of alligator eyes reflecting back at you. A big gator will have wide-set eyes when facing you and large diameter eyes if facing sideways to you. The color is a bit different on the larger eyes as well.

I think Florida kills more nuisance gators per year than are harvested by hunters on public land. Seems very conservative management of the public lands harvest.

Once hunting them was enough for me. The bugs were thick and when would light up the spotlight tower on the airboat you would see millions of bugs. Probably 20 - 50 bugs in the volume of a basketball. The smell of the gators was like two-week old dead fish left out in the sun. I never could get the smell out of my shoes even after bleaching.

Meat ate good though a bit fishy and tough so had to tenderize it with a mallet.

I picked up the leftover tag since had not drawn a Western big game tag and I had only a few more draw results pending. I usually have a tag or two in hand by early June but not that year.

From: Drop tine
05-Feb-16
Good stuff, thanks guys.

From: bghunter
05-Feb-16
I sent you a pm

From: INbowdude
06-Feb-16
Hunted there twice with my bow and took 4 gators. Can be very addictive.

From: bghunter
06-Feb-16
It sure is and coming from the midwest the weather is addictive too.

From: Mint
08-Feb-16
Contact Hoppy Kempher of Osceola Outfitters. He offers Trophy Gator Hunts and management gator hunts.

From: krieger
08-Feb-16
Not to take anything away from the outfitters listed here, but any licensed alligator trapper can take you out at any time for " nuisance " gators. I'd check between Sanford and Jacksonville.

If you want to make it interesting, don't bang-stick them, snare their mouth shut and fight them til they wear out! Strong, but not a lot of endurance, been a while since I've shot some, good times!

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