Florida Gator Hunt Was a HootContributors to this thread:
NY Bowman 21-Aug-20
NY Bowman 31-Aug-20
NY Bowman 06-Oct-20
WV Mountaineer 06-Oct-20
NY Bowman 14-Oct-20
Well we just returned from our annual Florida alligator hunt. We filled all 8 tags with solid gators. Shot over 100 armored catfish and caught some decent bass.
Wow! That's a lot of invasive catfish! Well done, post some gator pics too please.
Wow look at all those tank catfish!!! Awesome job!
do they eat those kind of catfish? Did you get any shots at iguanas along the canals?
Didn't see any iquanas. Did shoot some Giant Tilapia and Mullet. They say you can eat the Plecos, but we didn't give it a try. We definitely will next time.
you are the gator-master with no second place finisher in sight.
Ha ha Grant! That's only because I'm probably the only one hunting them with longbows and recurves without a bang stick. :)
Guide or DIY?
All DIY! Just some fellas getting together and having fun chasing gators. Don congrats on the SC gator. Looked like a good one.
From: WV Mountaineer
Nice hunting... See Any snakes?
Y’all got some nice gators ! Looks like a great trip...
Great looking gators. Would love to hear more about your gear. What poundage of bows, type of arrows and points. How do you finish them without a bang stick?
Looks like a great time!
Bentstick54, on this trip the bow weights ranges from 50# to 63#. However, we took a 10 yr old boy one year and he shot his with a 38# longbow. We use heavy fish arrows with detachable Muzzy Gator Getter heads. We finish most of them by simply grabbing them, taping their mouth shut and pithing them with a knife. On the really big gators we use a broadhead through the lungs. FL law requires all arrows be attached to a line and thus we shoot them with an arrow that has 100# PowerPro braid on it and a float.
Thanks, I am a trad shooter and keep thinking of a gator hunt. 50# is my normal weight but wasn’t sure if that would be enough for gator. Everything I’ve seen has always been with compounds, and wouldn’t want to show up “underbowed “.
Gator, good eatin' right there. I recently swapped moose steak for gator, pound for pound. One of the better trades I made.