This time of year gators are extremely lethargic. They do not want to be wasting energy. However, if provoked they will still defend themselves. If I am hunting a known gator hole, I still have a slug within quick reach...just in case. One of my best producing holes this year had a 10' in it all summer, hasn't been an issue at all this season.
"Never trust any man until you've seen him shoot at something dangerous, or that he wants really badly, at 50 yards or under....The short distance uncovers what's inside of him. The worthless ones will always miss . . . " E. Hemingway