DSO1 – Florida Alligator Hunts with Deep South Outfitters
Florida Alligator Hunts
For the adventure seeking big game hunter, there is always the wild experience of hunting trophy-sized Florida alligators during the late summer season.
On a hot, pleasant night, you and your Florida alligator hunting outfitter will navigate the warm lakes and rivers of searching for red gator eyes with a powerful flashlight. Alligators are very active at night and you will carefully look over a number of them to find that one gator you’ve been looking for. You will actually be calling alligators into range as you search.
Once you find a big alligator that you like the looks of, it’s time to slip into bow range. Your arrow has a strong, barbed point designed to stay lodged under the skin. Attached to the tip is a braided line with a large float attached to the other end. Now get ready for a fight! You (with your guides help if needed) will fight the alligator to the side of the boat and harpoon it with a much heavier line. It might take awhile to get the gator controlled, at which point a bang stick is used to finish it off. Florida alligator hunting may sound easy, but this is a large, prehistoric, dangerous predator. Most hunters prefer to use a bow or crossbow in hand at night on the bow of a custom alligator-hunting skiff.
Some of our past clients say this is the most exciting hunt they have ever been on! Are you ready?
- Florida alligator hunting season is August through November. This is a great time to visit Florida.
- If you don’t have a bow or crossbow, the outfitter will have gear for you to use.
- There will be a very detailed orientation prior to your hunt so you know exactly what to do while all hell is breaking loose.
- Success rates are nearly 100%.
- We’ve been booking this hunt for years and our hunters rave about it.
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Suggested Alligator Hunting Gear
Most of the gator hunting regulations are similar from state to state, and all of them require you to attach a strong restraining line to the gator prior to killing it, so this dictates the manner in which they are hunted.
Most hunters use a hand-thrown harpoon with a detachable barb on the business end, which hooks under the hide and restrains the animal. Harpoons are highly recommended for any alligator over seven feet. In addition to harpoons, you can use a bow with a barbed arrow; a stout fishing rod with a treble hook; and sometimes spearguns. Getting close enough is the hard part. No matter how you initially “hook” the gator, a harpoon is usually used to deliver an additional strong line so that you can pull the gator into your boat, or onto the bank.
- Gear list coming soon…
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