Alligator hunting

There ain’t nothing to be afraid of when hunting a 14-foot alligator.

Richie Smith has been doing it long before it was even legal in Florida. He knows by now, the gator he’s been chasing for years isn’t interested in turning him into breakfast or lunch or dinner. It just wants to get away.

Smith and his buddy Alex Horton have never seen the massive reptile in its entirety but by the glimpses they’ve had, they know it’s a big one. Well over 13 feet, the beast has the potential to break the state record, set at 14 feet and 3.5 inches for length and 1,043 pounds for weight.

Courtesy of Outdoor Life

 Authorities say a Florida man was bitten by an alligator after he mistook it for dead.

Alligator Season Starts Friday

Aug 15, 2014
Associated Press

Today is is the start of Florida's alligator hunting season. One wildlife refuge in Boynton Beach will open its season for the first time ever - in fact it’s the first time a wildlife refuge has ever allowed sport hunting of alligators in the country.

Of the more than 1,200 people who applied for permits, only 11 were issued through a lottery system. Each hunter can kill two alligators during the limited hunting season.

Hundreds of letters and emails to the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge were clear: Don't kill the alligators. Opponents of a proposed public alligator hunt that would begin next year outnumbered supporters 407 to 84, with messages reaching the western Palm Beach County refuge from around the world. A Web petition against the proposal generated 2,975 signatures.