Swamp People on the history channel.


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FatPants
August 22, 2010, 10:39 PM
Anybody else watch this? I've been cringing at the unsafe firearm handling. They have muzzle swept the camera man, and each other more times than I can count. Decent show otherwise.

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nosmr2
August 22, 2010, 10:43 PM
How about the guy attempting to shoot an empty revolver.

rbernie
August 22, 2010, 10:49 PM
I'm moving this thread to Hunting to see if we can get some rational dialog about the show's hunting aspects. Let's not get too wrapped up in the 'reality TV' discussions, or the thread will have to be locked down.

slabuda
August 23, 2010, 02:52 AM
Watching it now. Them guys are crazy!!! Not sure Id like to hold one of them gators with that thin cord, especially with bare hands. But at least they shoot them and dont try to wrestle them. Seems like they eat everything they kill too which is nice.

philpost
August 23, 2010, 09:23 PM
I liked the show. Living near the Gulf myself, I can relate to the gators (although we're not quite as infested 'round here, the neighbors have spotted one in the backyard lake), and they do make good eating. I had hoped the handgun had a bunch of misfires, because anyone who doesn't make sure his gun is loaded before hunting gators deserves to get pulled under :rolleyes:
Anyone able to ID some of the guns used in the show?

Big Bill
August 23, 2010, 09:39 PM
Anyone able to ID some of the guns used in the show?I thought I saw a couple of Ruger 10-22s.

sam05
August 23, 2010, 10:58 PM
i saw a marlin model 60

Purgatory
August 23, 2010, 11:41 PM
I had hoped the handgun had a bunch of misfires, because anyone who doesn't make sure his gun is loaded before hunting gators deserves to get pulled under

I agree +10. That was beyond Pathetic. :uhoh:

Goes to show how NOT having a round in the chamber in an 'auto' can get you killed. This was just a gator on a rope and the guy couldn't think clearly enough not to just keep pulling the trigger and hoping the fairy of goodwill would magically load just ONE of the chambers and eliminate the threat. :D

When people pull the trigger on an auto expecting it to be loaded in a SD situation, often they can't think clearly enough to even rack the slide and so just keep pullin the trigger. Not good when you're being attacked.

ANYways, I was wondering if they were using .22 mag or just LR.

Anyone catch them saying so one way or the other?

I would prefer the .22 mag especially for the shots from the boat at the gators on the bank. Just for that extra penetration.

Thought I saw some casings flying from the gun that looked a little longer than LR.

HGUNHNTR
August 24, 2010, 11:20 PM
Five seconds of rednecks with horrible grammar was enough for me. I can't imagine the gun handling was any better. I dont' know much about alligator hunting, but this seems like fishing with guns right?

kd7nqb
August 25, 2010, 02:39 AM
Watching it now, seems like really bad gun handling. But hunting gators would be fun. However this does seem to be exactly what a $80 mosin m44 was made for.

Sav .250
August 25, 2010, 07:43 AM
All that being said, that`s why it`s called ............Swamp people. They march to a different drum beat............

jimmyraythomason
August 25, 2010, 09:38 AM
They have survived in the swamp for 300+ years. They must be doing what it takes to survive. Hard to use asphalt thinking in a weed and water world.

HGUNHNTR
August 25, 2010, 10:32 AM
jimmyraythomason They have survived in the swamp for 300+ years

Thats debatable :) Surviving isn't thriving!

jimmyraythomason
August 25, 2010, 10:52 AM
They have survived in the swamp for 300+ years

Thats debatable What's to debate? They are STILL there. What more proof is needed?

HGUNHNTR
August 25, 2010, 09:36 PM
If maintaining a pulse is a lifelong goal then I guess you are correct.

jimmyraythomason
August 25, 2010, 09:49 PM
If maintaining a pulse is a lifelong goal then I guess you are correct.
So you don't aspire to achieve as much?

rbernie
August 25, 2010, 10:09 PM
This is not a thread on cultural differences. This is a thread about hunting, in a hunting forum.

Let's please remember that. :)

JimKirk
August 25, 2010, 10:16 PM
Some people live in an asphalt swamp... but the gators there are of the two legged kind!

Lot of them talk funny too!

Some of their aspirations are very similar to the Swamp People.

I guess we all "live" in some kind of swamp ... Right?



If I hunted gators, I would want something that threw a big piece of lead!

What caliber would you chose??

slabuda
August 26, 2010, 12:33 AM
If I hunted gators, I would want something that threw a big piece of lead!

What caliber would you chose??


Im thinking a cheap SKS would be perfect. A bit more uumphh for those shots they take towards the bank. And Id feel better on one of those big gaters than a .22. But then I guess it would also be pretty darn loud shot off right next to you as I dont see them using/getting ear plugs in while trying to hold onto that rope.

NOLAEMT
August 26, 2010, 12:54 AM
I think they use a 22 due to the sale of the skin, they probably don't want a big entrance/exit hole messing up their gator skin.

plus when they're shooting 200 gators a season, the price of center fire rounds can pile up. 200 .22rf rounds is negligible, but 200 30-30 or '06 rounds is a lot of coin for people, many of whom are dirt poor.

KodiakBeer
August 26, 2010, 01:10 AM
I've only seen one episode, but in that the guy shot one of the gators IN the boat after it shook off the effects of the first hit. I suspect that's pretty common and also a good reason to use a rimfire.

Purgatory
August 26, 2010, 03:11 AM
I've only seen one episode, but in that the guy shot one of the gators IN the boat after it shook off the effects of the first hit. I suspect that's pretty common and also a good reason to use a rimfire.

Hell Yeah!! If you KNOW you're gonna be blowin HOLES in your boat, rimfire's the way to go! :D

That was the episode I caught the last 3/4s of.

Some people live in an asphalt swamp... but the gators there are of the two legged kind!

Lot of them talk funny too!

Some of their aspirations are very similar to the Swamp People.

I guess we all "live" in some kind of swamp ... Right?

Very profound. :)

I could definitely see taking the SKS at least for back-up even if I did favor the .22 lr or mag for most of the work.

But, some of those BIG dab-nab things I wouldn't come within about 25 feet of unless they were very.........dispatched.

So, that SKS would be lookin mighty practical about that time. :cool:

jimmyraythomason
August 26, 2010, 07:57 AM
At "Gatorland" in Kissimee,Florida there are gator wranglers who tangle with gators daily(for show) and carry no weapon for protection. It is VERY different when the same wranglers go into the crocodile pens. Two men go in with buckets of chicken parts to coax the big critters into the open so the tourist can see them (they like to hide). A third man is ALWAYS present with a semi-auto 12 guage loaded with slugs. As one wrangler said "if something goes wrong,the 12 guage is our only hope of getting out alive".

Joe Demko
August 26, 2010, 08:10 AM
Based on a little cursory study of gator skulls, the issue seems to be a tiny brain rather than an armor plated skull. If you can hit the brain, a .22 is enough. If you miss the brain, the larger calibers won't hit anything else that might be quickly lethal. Or lethal at all. Alligators and other large reptiles are notoriously hard to kill quickly other than by destroying the brain or by decapitation.

john917v
August 26, 2010, 04:39 PM
I've been around people who carelessly handle firearms....but not a second time. All you need is an ND, and (if you've got a stable mind) you SHOULD straighten up and handle that gun like the proper tool it is. You don't go around throwing scissors in the office at your job. I'd be far more careful, being that far out in the boonies, away from hospitals.

Oceans
August 28, 2010, 03:19 PM
Best overall weapon for hunting the swamps is the 20 gauge pump shotgun, 24 inch barrel, or under, vent rib, modified choke with shells ranging from slugs to 7 1/2. Many a time I carried one in southwest, central Fl. Kills anything you find there.

Blue Brick
August 29, 2010, 04:18 PM
Just saw it-Nice show.......

jaybirdjtski
September 3, 2010, 12:45 PM
Love the show. My one and only wife of 37 years is from Louisiana and has a big family down there. Love the place. The people are great and the culture is amazing. The food.....hard to keep from gaining weight whenever I go there. Everyone should take a road trip sometime through south Louisiana, go on a swamp tour, etc. My deceased father-in-law used to hunt for snapping turtles by walking shoeless in the swamp feeling for the shell. I have a pic of me holding a 100# turtle...big fella.

Yeah, the gun safety is pathetic. What is with the unloaded revolver!? I believe they hunt gators with 22lr mostly. I inherited a Winchester Model 06 pump 22lr that has probably put more meals on the table than I could count!

Geaux Saints!

JoeMal
September 3, 2010, 12:52 PM
I've seen some of the poor handling and it's a little crazy...although I've also seen the 'hired' shooter for Troy engage the safety before setting the gun down...so kudos to that I guess

hardluk1
September 4, 2010, 04:52 PM
Its interesting reading peoples response. A 22 is just about perfect for gators and some of the old timers I have been around and hunted with have passed on some of the better info when you handle them. Never let go of the mouth. And cut the spinal cord as soon as there head is over the side of the boat. Then they don't come alive again after a slight miss with that 22. I know guys that use to swim down to there caves and slip a loop over there heads so they could then pull them up and get on to the next one. Also the bit about the wrestlers haveing no gun,, If a desent sized gator grabs your hand or lower arm it will roll and buy the time someone clears a gun the target is going to be hard to hit and the gator may allready have your arm twirled off at the elbow or shoulder joint. Thats the reason those guys jump onto the gator to try to control the damage from keeping it from rolling. No need then for the gun. He may have his dinner and your probably not bleeding to baddly from the twirling. Bottom line, limb gone. If you fish in the south around gators you can throw a go sized surface lure and they will follow it right to the boat. And if you see a gator walking to find water or his own new territory don't get out to site see. A good size gator, can for a short distance run as fast as a horse and go over a 4' fence.

george d dennis
September 5, 2010, 09:05 PM
i enjoy the show and give the people a lot of credit to have to live in the
swamps. they have a heck of a heritage under there belt.

CSA 357
September 6, 2010, 08:53 PM
how do any of the gaters live to adult size when they kill so many?the season must be short

PT1911
September 6, 2010, 08:54 PM
it is a 30ish day season per year... still plenty of gators.

hardluk1
September 7, 2010, 06:24 PM
There are millions of them gators and most are in places you have a real hard time gett'n to. Go to mapguest and look at all the little ponds and swampy areas that have no access or only a limited access. If you kill one in those tight spots you can't get them out in time to sell. Or take an airboat that can only handle a couple gators and then you can't afford to get them.

Silent Sam
September 12, 2010, 12:35 AM
"I'd be far more careful, being that far out in the boonies, away from hospitals."

"Boonies" to one is home to another. Perhaps you are missing a point. These folks seem to depend on themselves, each other, and the country they choose to live in. They seem quite happy without all the trappings of and dependence on, "modern society".

ED1943
September 16, 2010, 09:04 PM
I saw a bottom ejecting Rem. 24(1?) or was it a Browning SA22? These guns are pretty rough- lock stock and barrel, but what kind of accuracy do you need at 1-4 feet? It just has to fire. In some cases they malfunction. Not too surprising. I wonder if they have shot holes through the bottoms of their boats. Stored muzzle down! LOL

hardluk1
September 17, 2010, 08:13 AM
Could also been a norinco. I had one 20 years ago and a get little shooter. and low priced

c919
September 17, 2010, 03:10 PM
Well.... I don't know about the reality of this program.

I watched an episode the other night, and it left me wondering. In this episode the one guy and his stepson were out checking their bait spots, and every gator that they pulled out had been chewed up by another bigger gator. So they decide to hunt down this big cannibal gator and kill him.

They spot the gator swimming out in swamp, and the stepson decides to take a shot at it. He raises what looks like an old Model 70 with a Leupold and takes aim. Then, as he shoots, the shot changes to a close-up and he's holding a Marlin levergun without a scope. Then it goes back to the other angle and he's holding the scoped bolt action. It's ridiculous.

I know lot's of movies and TV shows do the old switcheroo, but I didn't expect it out of Swamp People. So now I wonder exactly how much of it is real. I just don't see any reason for that maneuver.

oneounceload
September 17, 2010, 03:40 PM
Here in FL, most folks use a bang stick in either 357 or 44 for the coup d'grace once the gator is roped and brought alongside the boat - as mentioned, shot placement is critical, which is why folks always tape the mouth shot and secure the tail - just in case the gator was only stunned and decides to wake up in the boat.

The hide and meat from a decent size gator will bring several thousand dollars

hardluk1
September 18, 2010, 07:58 AM
How many folks say the news report on a lady in SC that caught a 13' foot gator wiegh'n around 800+ pounds with a head bout 20" wide. Shot him 5 or 6 times and then finally cot the spinal cord . Just goes to show how you don't have to be a big person or male or country sounding to bring in a really large gator.
Oneonce Your right about FL and the bang stick. Takes some help to reload if the gator is at the boat and you don't get a good hit. Never did like them buy it leeps the bullets from skipping off the water when you miss at a distance. And i know people don't shoot them at a distance with high powered rifles's.

Motodeficient
September 20, 2010, 11:30 AM
I have seen a few episodes. I saw a couple ruger 10/22s. In the opening sequence you can see a ruger 10/22 with a clear 25 or 30 round magazine. Didn't see it in any of the actual episodes that I watched though.

oldbanjo
September 20, 2010, 12:23 PM
ONEOUNCELOAD: I used to use a 12 ga band stick when diving, for sharks. There is all kind of rules on using bang sticks today. Most any pistol will kill a gator. In the boat I carried my Md36 for sharks and huge sting rays.

Dave P
September 20, 2010, 01:08 PM
My Grandfather used 38 revolvers on the big muskies he caught in Wisconsin.

hardluk1
September 21, 2010, 08:36 AM
Moto Some of those guys carry 3 or 4 different 22's with them. The 10/22 might be a favorate BUT if you noiticed they all look very rusty so it may not be as dependable anymore and the bolt guns will still go bang..

ebeam101@hotmail.com
September 21, 2010, 08:55 PM
I think, all this show and the bad gun handling is going to do is add fuel to the anti fire.
I also don't like all the hunting shows on TV showing everyone hunting over baited areas.
You can't use bait where I hunt and I truley think it's a good thing, use harvested corn fields and natural baits to get your deer. I think you'll enjoy it more.

chas08
September 21, 2010, 11:45 PM
You can't use bait where I hunt and I truley think it's a good thing, use harvested corn fields and natural baits to get your deer. Thats still "BAIT" and it's OK!!! Killing critters where they eat has been OK for thousands of years. If you have reservatrions about killing critters over bait then hunt them a Mile or more on the trails leading them to FOOD. At least you'll feel better.

hardluk1
September 22, 2010, 08:17 AM
ebeam Don't watch the hunting or animal killing shows shows. That may also make you feel better about how you do your thang. I love to also hunt over those larger planted a i mean baited farmers fields. Old equipment to harvest with leaves so much corn on the ground its like dumping a thousand pounds of corn out. These oll boys on tv were born live'n off the country. It's there normal life and there still probably safer to be around than most folks that only hunt is entertanment or as a hobby.

mokin
September 22, 2010, 08:46 AM
Last night was the first time I had that show on. Made me think a lot of some of the guys I knew while in the Marine Corps. There was a guy in my unit from "The Bayou" who used to talk about hunting 'gators. He said he liked to use .22s as they were easy/inexpensive to replace. Evidently it wasn't uncommen for them to get lost overboard.

Carl N. Brown
September 23, 2010, 09:54 AM
I have watched episodes 5 and 6 and set to record episodes 1, 2, 3 on rerun.

This is a show about people making their living hunting gators for hide to sell, with meat to eat as a side benefit. You may notice they tag their gators' tails, but I have heard no discussion of the bag limits or game laws they obviously are following.

Guns I think I have identified in eps 5 & 6:
o Single action .22 revolver
o Remington pump action .22
o Marlin .22 Magnum bolt action, stainless, with what Marlin calls a "4-shot clip" (ducking)
o Marlin .22 Magnum bolt action, blue, walnut stock, tube magazine
o Browning-design .22 Auto, rust brown finish, (looked like my uncle's Remington Model 24)
o Marlin .22 Magnum lever action.
o A bolt action centerfir e with scope.
o Marlin Model 60 .22, stainless, 19" barrel
o Marlin Model 60 .22, blue, 22" barrel.

The guns look like they are used as tools by working men. I think I saw duct tape around the barrel and stock of one of the Model 60s. Some of the guns look like they only get maintenance if they malfunction after the users have to go a back-up gun. The Marlin .22 Mag bolt type repeater looked better than some of the others. Some of the others looked like they would be no great loss if they fell overboard, and easy to replace at a pawn shop or trading meet.

The instant kill spot on the gators brain is very vulnerable and a .22 does not damage the hide, the source of these folks' income. Anything bigger than a .22 magnum (shotgun or centerfire rifle) and you are looking at hide damage (or boat damage or serious foot injury). Gator meat for food is secondary. The hunters obviously have tags and seasonal bag limits, so the hunters are state regulated to control the population of a dangerous animal without endangering the animals' population. Yeah, one could use some of the footage for gun safety training as in "Don't do this".
Some of it is you need to think ahead: I believe the guy with the revolver actually fired, but missed, but later flubbed a shot with a Remington pumpaction .22 (loaded magazine but no round in the chamber).

In the course of one episode, we have a long shot of a guy on boat with scope sighted rifle, close up of guy firing a leveration, and long shot of guy on boat with scope sighted rifle. It is easy to imagine the editor in the cutting room, "Hey Joe, I need a closeup of the guy shooting a gun for this sequence." So they plop in the only close up shot they have of that guy firing...a different rifle. At least once, the narrator also talks about one type of gun while the footage shows another. Over at IMDb (International Movie Database) folks love to spot goofs like that in movies and TV shows. Between the narrator and the film editor there should be a continuity person.

I am waiting for the self-righteous enviro-freaks to show up to interfere with these guys trying to earn a living....and getting eaten by the cuddly gators they are "saving" (Whale Wars meets Grizzly Man).

seal
September 23, 2010, 01:16 PM
you boys seem to be missing the point in why they harvest. they SELL them no one wants a hide with big holes and exit wounds in it. the tight pattern under the head and neck is popular for wallets and lady's hand bags. little bullet works just fine. they shoot long rifles most of the time and mags on occasion.

waterhouse
September 23, 2010, 02:50 PM
how do any of the gaters live to adult size when they kill so many?the season must be short

A bunch. After they reach 2-4 feet they don't really have any natural predators. Season is about a month long. There is no shortage of gators.

You may notice they tag their gators' tails, but I have heard no discussion of the bag limits or game laws they obviously are following.

I've only seen one episode, but I have family members that have hunted with the guys on the show. Generally the professional hunters buy a set number of tags at the beginning of the season. From what I understand (it is sometimes difficult to understand some of the bayou folk) if you don't use a tag you basically wasted the money on it, so there is a bit of a gamble in how many tags you buy. In a perfect world you would fill your last tag at the last hunting hour on the last day.

.22s were all I ever saw being used for gator hunting at the family duck camp, some people used revolvers and some used rifles, most of the guns were beat to hell but they worked.

PT1911
September 23, 2010, 03:03 PM
I have heard no discussion of the bag limits or game laws they obviously are following.

Each hunter purchases their tags at the beginning of the season.

CoRoMo
September 23, 2010, 04:58 PM
I don't know if we're still talking about the cable show or not, but I just got a chance to watch a few episodes of it, for the first time, over the past couple days.

I thought it was a decently entertaining show. It was good to see how those guys make a living. I know that a southern accent makes a lot of snobs lose their breakfast, but I like the salt of this Earth. I didn't watch enough shows to see any bad gun handling; just plenty of gater-killin'. Sorry for that slangy term. The elitists here can puke all they like.

Leaky Waders
September 25, 2010, 06:12 PM
I watched several episodes today and thought it was awesome. Nice boats, some with outboards, some with mudbuddies, some with go-devils. Using .22's on basically a gator trapline.

They are not speaking in a southern drawl...they are cajun, so it's a french/creole dialect. It's not so hard to understand when your hang around some people and they are using the 'english version', but when they break into their heavy french language I'm lost.

Looks like a fun thing to do when one's not duckhunting...

Carl N. Brown
September 26, 2010, 05:49 PM
Spotted a Winchester 190 (or J.C. Higgins Sears&Roebuck copy).

Episode 1 had some details; each hunter, uh, fisherman gets a fixed number of tags at the start of the season. Some pay a land owner a fixed amount to harvest gators on their private land, uh water. Tag is a tag, whether the "catch" is five foot or ten foot, (twice as long is 2x2x2 or eight times the area of hide and volume of meat if my math is correct. )

ADDED: fast facts about hunting and fishing in louisiana from History Channel
http://www.history.com/shows/swamp-people/articles/fast-facts-about-hunting-and-fishing-in-louisiana

hardluk1
September 27, 2010, 09:33 AM
They do have some screw'd up editing but it does have fit a 1hr show. I did see in one point they were going to shoot at a distance with a centerfire rifle then a 22 shows up and there on the gator line then a different 22 and line. Try'n to pass it off as in one place. The guys that edit for tv must not know any different.
Nice country down there. Oh those guy's buy the tags for how many gators they thing they can harvest,not just a set number.

Mitch from LA
September 27, 2010, 02:39 PM
.410 was the weapon of choice where I used to hunt in LA. Someone already mentioned that you don't want an exit wound through the skin under the neck, so .410 works perfectly.

lions
September 27, 2010, 03:15 PM
I liked the episode with "Italy guy". I'd love to hear the way he recounts that experience when he gets home. I'd guess that was his first time around guns as well, judging by the way he jumped when they shot that .22.

Very interesting show, but I'll stick to hunting things that can't eat me!

HGUNHNTR
September 28, 2010, 08:38 AM
I just see it as perpetuating a very negative stereotype most people have of hunters in general. It is this sterotype that works against the hunter when politics gets involved in manipulating hunting regulations. The poor grammar, lack of basic safety skills, carelessness, etc etc are not entertaining....ugh.

Carl N. Brown
September 28, 2010, 09:17 AM
Remington 552 .22 semi-auto rifle.

The show shows people using guns as tools to make a living. Beats the message of the Law'n'Order and CSI shows. What most urbanites know about guns comes through the media, mostly crime news or "entertainment". If they think of rural people and guns, they think "Deliverance". For all the mud and rust, Swamp People is closer to everyday use of guns than what Brady and VPC sell in op-eds. These are the people inconvenienced by gun laws, not the street criminals.

788Ham
October 1, 2010, 12:15 AM
I think the show is a kick in the drawers! I used to work with a cajun, born in St. Charles, his language is the same as Troy's. Troy said the other night he'd only gone to school til the 5th grade, then had to help with make a living for the family. Maybe some of the folks down there think they're ignorant, but on one of the first shows, one young guy said, "There aren't any maps out here, if you think you can do it, you won't last too long". Like Troy, this is all they've ever done, this is why they can't mess up a hide filled with bullet holes, this is also why they've made it for over 300 years down there, this is their heritage and livelihood.

RonDeer10mm
October 1, 2010, 12:59 AM
saw it

mcdonl
October 1, 2010, 02:36 PM
I just see it as perpetuating a very negative stereotype most people have of hunters in general. It is this sterotype that works against the hunter when politics gets involved in manipulating hunting regulations. The poor grammar, lack of basic safety skills, carelessness, etc etc are not entertaining....ugh.

HG, I think you give people too much credit. I understand what you are saying and if I thought that the average TV viewer was making a direct connection between hunting and "Swamp" people I would be more agreeable... but I do not think that is the case. I think that the average person watches the show, laughs at the language and sees this as a show about "swamp folk" not hunters.

It is like Top Shot... everyone complained about the lack of focus on the guns and the shooting... that is because the show is a reality show and it is about the people and the story line, not the guns and shooting... this show is the opposite... we see the negative use of guns and portrayal of hunting/hunters but the average viewer just sees "swamp folk"... in my opinion.

They could be logging in the swamps and most people wouldn't associate it with logging... I watch the swamp logging show, and I can tell you the names of a few of the cast but not what type of wood they harvest, how they harvest it or any of the technical jargon associated with the harvesting of the logs. I watch it to see what sort of crazy antics they come up with next.

Lou McGopher
October 9, 2010, 02:52 PM
I'm kind of surprised those guys manage to hit such a small area on they gators, holding a long gun one-handed, while the gators are thrashing around like that.

Deltaboy
October 9, 2010, 05:10 PM
Good Show Lots of Rural Hunters do things that would make most of you wet your pants. It is just a differant world plus they are playing to the TV Camera.

Carl N. Brown
October 9, 2010, 07:57 PM
Episode 7 scheduled Suday 10 Oct. Believe it or not, my wife likes this show!?

WNTFW
October 9, 2010, 09:11 PM
The guy Joe is in Myrtle Grove which is in Plaquemines Parish. Parish is the equivilant of county. I have been to some places in that same area. I'm talking about getting off the highway, down dirt/shell roads. I once saw gators in what I thought was a shockingly high abundance for the area and weather conditions. Last time I went I saw more wildlife in one place than any other. The variety of birds was something else. We ran over 2 snakes within 5 minutes. They had so many crossing the road at sundown it had me pretty happy we were in a truck.
I have been in some canals at night and some pretty big gators come in. These canals are right behind neighborhoods. I was in a 12 foot boat and we ended up on top of one. It made quite a ruckus and the boat seemed way too small. About a month back one ended up in a neighborhood and had to be caught. An alligator can also slap you with the tail.
What I find about alligator (reptiles in general) is they can look dead when alive. So when they are dead they look alive. I had a chance to get next to a big 800 pounder that was dead. It looked as alive as ever though.
Like some have said they are selling the hides and some sell the heads & skulls. The meat is pretty good. I bought some a while back for $2.50 a pound.
A lot of the alligator tourist eat is mixed. Getting some in a non-tourist setting is the ticket. Two other things I really have enjoyed is turtle meat and garfish. Garfish balls are OK, but smoked garfish is better to me. SW La is more likey where you will encounter it smoked. The rice fields have irrigation canals. These are a haven for gator, turtle and garfish. Sauce piquante is also a good way to eat turtle and gator.
Over the years I have gained lot more respect for what a gator can do. Distance is your best defense.

deafdave3
October 13, 2010, 12:04 AM
I was born and raised down here. I spent most of my life in the Atchafalaya Basin. The boats are thick-hulled to protect from hitting logs floating in the water.

hardluk1
October 13, 2010, 04:56 PM
deafdave3 Did any of the older guys swim down to laso the gators when they got tired of waiting for them. I grew up with some that were old gator poachers in years gone by.

WNTFW We use to get rattlers off the roads and kill, skin and cut up, take to a fish fry for cook'n. People would grab them along with the mullet and little catfish and none ever new what thay had. Eats pretty good to. Nothing like turtle, fried or soup.

ebeam101@hotmail.com
November 4, 2010, 09:18 PM
At least I didn't put the bait there, farm left overs is a natural thing.

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