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There are various methods we use to capture the alligator. Below is some of the equipment we use. The techniques in using this equipment and approaching the animal is as varied as the hunters themselves.
Line and wooden peg
We use line and a wooden peg baited with beef lung purchased from a local butcher. The line is 50 foot of 3/16" with a 25 foot long leader of 1/8" and a 2 inch piece of 1 inch wooden dowel. We throw these sets in front of the alligator and wait for it to take it , the alligator can then be slowly pulled in to the boat, this method can be dangerous and should be done with great care. The wooden peg will not always lodge in the stomach and the alligator you think is caught may just be holding the wooden peg in it's mouth. Use great care when attempting to catch an alligator using this method.
Bow and Arrow
We use compound bows or crossbows fitted with Alligator hunting kits, and Muzzy gator getter points, a float is attached to the line and when a gator is hit and runs the float allows us to locate the gator and line and pull him into the boat for capture.
12/0 14/0 with cable 20/0 with 50 ft 3/8 braided rope
We use rod and reels with 12/0 weighted snatch hooks, The hook is cast over the alligator and slowly drawn back until is snags the gator, the hook is not "set" as in fishing but used to gently pull the alligator in for capture, the alligators hide is tough enough that the hook usually does not penetrate the hide. The barbs on the hooks are crimped down to prevent hide damage and for easy removal. Sometimes we can use the snatch hook and drag through the area the alligator was last seen and hook onto him. the 14/0 & 20/0 hooks are use to get a secondary line on the gator once he is drawn closer to the boat with rod and reel.
Harpoons of various sizes are used and have a point that releases from the harpoon when the alligator is hit, a line and float are attached to the point and harpoon pole with tape for easy release. The gator is easily found using the float and line.
If the gator just sinks to the bottom the harpoon can be used to "search" for the alligator and when it is felt the harpoon point is engaged into the alligator.
Bang Sticks (AKA Powerheads)
Bang sticks are used to dispatch the alligator after capture. We have them in various calibers, .38, .357, and .243. Bang sticks that use shotgun shells are not preferred due to shot winding up in the meat. Most processors will not accept an alligator dispatched with a shotgun caliber bang stick.
We have a 14 foot airboat powered by an 0540 Lycoming aircraft engine, a 15 foot john boat fully rigged with an outboard motor, a 16 foot boat fully rigged with a Both are equipped for night hunting.
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