What does it take to capture 88 alligators in six days (including rainy days)?
Pictured here are brothers, 15 and 13, who helped their father trap the biggest gator so far in the parish this season. The male alligator, at 12 feet 3 inches, was one of 16 they brought in the first day. Among the sixteen was an eleven footer and two ten footers. The load was so heavy in the boat, that when they ran the boat up on the trailer, the axle bent under the weight and the tires went flat. The father, Capt. John, had to call the selling dock and ask the buyer to come down in his truck and lighten the load.
This season was history-in-the-making as the first season the teens accompanied their father as full members of the hunting crew. And it’s also the first time in several years that their lease has been issued tags.
Then, another worker comes along to “sex” each of the gators by inserting a finger in an orifice looking for hidden male parts!! He quickly yells male, male, male, male, and on and on. These were mostly males, which is what the landowner likes to hear. It’s preferable to thin out the males, leaving the mature females for reproduction.
The next stop for these gators is . . .
I didn’t hear Capt. John’s final tally of total footage, but my guess is he and his sons filled their tags quicker than anyone, and did so with the largest gators caught.
P.S. I talked to Capt. John again and found out that the price he got is only $6 a foot for the small gators (six feet and under) and only $18 a foot for the big ones. Wow. It really is a heritage thing because he certainly did not do all that work for the money.
To be continued with details of setting a line and tagging a gator. . .