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How to kill an alligator

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Richard2003, Nov 16, 2006.

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  1. Richard2003

    Richard2003 Member

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    A friend has an alligator threatening his condo community.
    He has a Glock in .40.
    Is that enough to kill the thing?

    Richard
     
  2. hankdatank1362

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    GAWD NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    Tell him ABSOLUTELY UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES do not shoot the alligator. Call Animal Control. It's their job, let them handle it.

    Alligators and crocodiles are protected species in many states, I do believe. I remember being young at my dad's hunt club, and seeing a gator in the ditch.

    "Can I shoot 'im, paw? (I wasn't that redneck as a kid, but close)

    And all the old timers at the club let me know how much trouble I could get into for shooting a gator.

    Of course, I could be wrong. But call Animal Control anyway.
     
  3. hankdatank1362

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    But if it's okay to shoot it, Might I suggest 12GA slug to the head?
     
  4. Cromlech

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    My advice may not be worth much, but if you have to shoot a gator or a croc, you need to hurt it bad, or kill it. Anything less will just make the bugger mad! :what:

    I saw Steve Irwin in Australia earlier this year, and those big crocs are NASTY.
     
  5. LOST SOUL

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    It's Animal Controls job to get rid of it. But If you have to shoot it. A .40 wont work, you'll need the 12 ga to the head .
     
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    In Florida you get fined or jailed for looking at one mean.
    Call a trapper it's free and they can use the money they get from processing it

    But a .22 in the right place is more than enough to kill it, during the proper hunting season
    Don't shoot it between the eyes, shoot it at the base of the skull behind the eyes
     
  7. WC145

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    To kill them quickly you have to shoot them in the brain, which is in a rather small area between the eyes and ears and encased in very thick, hard skull. My understanding is that it requires a high powered rifle round to penetrate the skull. If you shoot them in the body you can fill them full of holes and they'll keep coming, like a shark.
     
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    Yeah I always heard the skull was very thick. I don't think a .22 would cut it, but then again, I ain't never shot no gator.
     
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    Texas has alligator season :)
     
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    An alligator threatening a whole condo community? What is it Gatorzilla?. Just stay away from it. It is great pest control. You know, dogs, cats small children, old ladies who feed it, etc :neener: Joe
     
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    If you don't know how to kill a gator, call animal control. What you don't want is a PO, wounded Gator, wandering the condo property. A guy did that to a Black Bear round here. The Bear was probably minding it own business nosing around our suburb and would have probably moved on, instead someone took a shot at it with a pistol (A cop I know said it looked like a .380 or 9mm FMJ, broadside hit near the front shoulder) and now the bear was PO and wounded, wandering the neighborhood and trying to hide under people decks. Police and Animal control came out and finished the job.
     
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    Yeah. It is also worth noting that Crocodiles and Alligators have very small brains, so it may be hard to achieve a fatal head-shot.
     
  13. Boom-stick

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    Watcha gotta do is sneek up on it, grab it from behind and stick your thumb in it's butt hole:evil:

    That should get it really pi$$ed off.... and kill it.......probably......:rolleyes:
     
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    I have, it does
    I have also killed them with a short machete the same way (small gator) But them I'm old enough to remember when they were treated like the nuisance that they are.
     
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    I believe, as told to be by a Flordia native of the everglades, the correct detterent for an alligator is to either gouge it in the eyes or catch its mouth on the up swing and keep it closed -- apparently they exhibit very little pressure when opening their mouths. It's when closing that you have a problem, and virtually no chance.
     
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    you will need about 5 lbs of hamburger meat, 1 lb of C4 and a remote control car....ya thats right, tremors style
     
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    In Florida, a woman went to jail for shooting a gator that was attacking her dog. Not sure what would have happened if it had been attacking a child.
     
  19. cajun47

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    i gator hunt in louisiana. i get tags issued by the state. i have killed thousands of gators over the years.

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    i don't know if its legal for you to kill it or not but as far as if a .40 will kill it, hell yea. i kill most of my large gators(7 to 12 foot beast) with my .45acp. one shot to the head using hollow points is enough but on the real big fat ones i always put 3. the guy that said a .22 will kill it if shot at the base of the scull is right. the gator's head has the scull plate it sorta curve in like this ( if you shoot right behind there its soft and usually an instant kill but i would still shoot it more.

    most of my gators are on a hook and line i set up that is tied to a tree. im in real close. i pull them close to the boat and shoot. this is why i use a .45acp, i don't have time to find the soft spot plus a large gator may break the huge line or actually bend the huge hook if i play around. its not actually hunting its gator fishing imo. its not a sport, its my job and they are sold for the hide and meat. i will take a good clear shot with my sks or ak47 if i see one swimming around in a shallow area. a 7.62x39mm to the head is instant kill.

    the .45acp corbon +p hollow points penetrate the thick scull and go in 3 or 4 inches. gators won't attack you if you are shooting at it, even with a .22, in my experience anyway. one night around 2am i was driving along a highway near the mississippi river. i saw a HUGE gator on the road right after a curve. i decided to stay and warn traffic cause that thing was as big as the 11 footers i killed. big and fat. he didn't seem to care about the traffic. he just stayed there all fearless. a nearby resident came along with a .22 rifle. he asked if i wanted some gator meat, i said no. he said he doesn't want that monster near his house. i said i don't blame you but that .22 might not be enough. he said "o yea". he walked up to the gator and started shooting from about 20 yards away. as he shot it 10 times in the head the gator just started backing away then died. i was standing by my truck with my .45acp just in case.
     
  20. WolfMansDad

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    Why kill it, again? I've never heard of an alligator "threatening" an entire condo.

    I know some people in Louisiana who had a gator where they worked. They fed it and turned it into a sort of workplace mascot. Then, once it had come to trust humans, some jerkwad shot it. It really liked doughnuts.

    Unless you are planning on eating it, I would leave it alone. If there are kids around, just tell them not to pet it.
     
  21. Essex County

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    I'll admit I have no personal experience, but wouldn't depth charges be approprite? Essex
     
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    only problem if its really hungry it can eat a child. not likely but is that a chance a parent should take?

    a real threat is if a child(or adult) finds or goes near a gator nest by accident. the mother gator will kill. on the spot. no warning. they are fast.

    kill it or have it removed asap. they are predatory killing machines. nothing more nothing less. "but gators where here long before humans, its there natural territory" if one feels guilty about gator rights, move.
     
  24. Exmasonite

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    Illegal, illegal, illegal...
     
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    Alligators live in all the Gulf Coast states, Georgia and South Carolina. Each state has its own laws pretaning to dealing with problem Allilgators. Florida laws are very strict in this regard, and killing an Alligator without the appropiate license is considered poaching even if it is done in self defense. Though in most cases the authorites will only slap the shooter with a fine. If your friend lives in Florida then he should call Animal control to deal with the problem. If it is a life and death situation then shoot to kill without regard to the law with a high volicity round to the head. A .357 or 44 Mag will do the trick. A .40 will probably only anger the creature unless you it in a vital area.
     
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