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#6853207 - 08/11/17 04:34 PM Alligator Hunt
btpatriot Offline
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Registered: 07/18/10
Posts: 563
Loc: Beeville, Tx
I was drawn to hunt alligator this year at J.D. Murphree WMA. This is my first time getting drawn so I am hoping some of you who have experience could share some of your knowledge with me.

Thanks

Adam

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#6853272 - 08/11/17 05:52 PM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
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Registered: 01/22/11
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Loc: Fairfield, TX
cheers

Good luck....hope you get a monster lizard....
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#6853301 - 08/11/17 06:11 PM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4562
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
Got drawn there about 3 years ago. Here's how it goes. You check in about mid morning the first day. You will attend an orientation and they will loan you one big cane pole and one rebar anchor. You will get an assigned area and they will tell you how to get there.
Find an area in your area that has either visible gators or gator sign. You take your cane pole and stick it in the mud at an angle over the water and drive your anchor into the mud close to the pole. Tie the end of your line to the anchor and the other end you will suspend the attached hook loosely with a rubber band or clothespin a couple of feet over the water. Bait with a ripe, half rotten chicken quarter. Leave and go directly to a bar and drink several cold beers.
The next morning, you see what you caught. One guy pulls the rope in while the other guy shoots it in the head. The TPWD guys want you to use a shotgun. I used an old H&R Topper single shot 20 gauge loaded with low brass dove shot. At a distance of just a few inches, it's plenty. A .410 would work just as well. Tape the gator's mouth with electrical tape, haul him in the boat, and don't forget to tag him with the tag they provide for you. That's about it.
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#6853800 - 08/12/17 10:36 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
rex47 Offline
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Registered: 03/09/16
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Loc: euless, tx
In the mean time watch lots of SWAMP PEOPLE chutem
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#6853804 - 08/12/17 10:40 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
cmc Offline
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Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 5685
Loc: Graham to Arlington
I'm considering putting in for one these next year once I get my boat back together. Please report back on this goes.
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#6854058 - 08/12/17 04:30 PM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: Palehorse]
sbushee Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 1471
Originally Posted By: Palehorse
Got drawn there about 3 years ago. Here's how it goes. You check in about mid morning the first day. You will attend an orientation and they will loan you one big cane pole and one rebar anchor. You will get an assigned area and they will tell you how to get there.
Find an area in your area that has either visible gators or gator sign. You take your cane pole and stick it in the mud at an angle over the water and drive your anchor into the mud close to the pole. Tie the end of your line to the anchor and the other end you will suspend the attached hook loosely with a rubber band or clothespin a couple of feet over the water. Bait with a ripe, half rotten chicken quarter. Leave and go directly to a bar and drink several cold beers.
The next morning, you see what you caught. One guy pulls the rope in while the other guy shoots it in the head. The TPWD guys want you to use a shotgun. I used an old H&R Topper single shot 20 gauge loaded with low brass dove shot. At a distance of just a few inches, it's plenty. A .410 would work just as well. Tape the gator's mouth with electrical tape, haul him in the boat, and don't forget to tag him with the tag they provide for you. That's about it.
lol, that's a good analogy.

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#6858081 - 08/15/17 10:49 PM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
btpatriot Offline
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Registered: 07/18/10
Posts: 563
Loc: Beeville, Tx
Thanks for the info. I plan to bowfish my gator but if that doesn't work out I will hang a line.

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#6858433 - 08/16/17 10:40 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: Palehorse]
BurrOak Offline
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Registered: 08/20/10
Posts: 603
Loc: CenTex
Originally Posted By: Palehorse
Got drawn there about 3 years ago. Here's how it goes. You check in about mid morning the first day. You will attend an orientation and they will loan you one big cane pole and one rebar anchor. You will get an assigned area and they will tell you how to get there.
Find an area in your area that has either visible gators or gator sign. You take your cane pole and stick it in the mud at an angle over the water and drive your anchor into the mud close to the pole. Tie the end of your line to the anchor and the other end you will suspend the attached hook loosely with a rubber band or clothespin a couple of feet over the water. Bait with a ripe, half rotten chicken quarter. Leave and go directly to a bar and drink several cold beers.
The next morning, you see what you caught. One guy pulls the rope in while the other guy shoots it in the head. The TPWD guys want you to use a shotgun. I used an old H&R Topper single shot 20 gauge loaded with low brass dove shot. At a distance of just a few inches, it's plenty. A .410 would work just as well. Tape the gator's mouth with electrical tape, haul him in the boat, and don't forget to tag him with the tag they provide for you. That's about it.


We went 2 years ago. This is exactly correct!

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#6858468 - 08/16/17 11:16 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
ducknbass Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/18/06
Posts: 8155
Originally Posted By: btpatriot
Thanks for the info. I plan to bowfish my gator but if that doesn't work out I will hang a line.


I do not believe it is even in the realm of possibilities for these hunts.


Edited by ducknbass (08/16/17 11:17 AM)

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#6859277 - 08/16/17 11:16 PM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
btpatriot Offline
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Registered: 07/18/10
Posts: 563
Loc: Beeville, Tx
My brother in law bowfished his 8'11" gator 2 years ago so I have to at least try.

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#6859293 - 08/17/17 12:01 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
cmc Offline
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Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 5685
Loc: Graham to Arlington
Originally Posted By: btpatriot
My brother in law bowfished his 8'11" gator 2 years ago so I have to at least try.
was it on one of the TPWD draw hunts? I didn't think that was an option for them.
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#6859312 - 08/17/17 05:13 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: cmc]
ducknbass Offline
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Registered: 10/18/06
Posts: 8155
Originally Posted By: cmc
Originally Posted By: btpatriot
My brother in law bowfished his 8'11" gator 2 years ago so I have to at least try.
was it on one of the TPWD draw hunts? I didn't think that was an option for them.


This

You have to pay someone for a tag hunt further east. These draw hunts are a one way street. You can plan all you want but you're just kidding yourself.

A gator with a bow is on my list.

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#6859356 - 08/17/17 06:43 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Registered: 04/27/05
Posts: 16127
Loc: Dallas 2 Jacksboro
Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
cheers

Good luck....hope you get a monster lizard....
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#6859373 - 08/17/17 07:00 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: btpatriot]
Capt.JVH Offline
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Registered: 10/17/11
Posts: 335
Loc: Round Rock/ Lometa

It can be done, I shot this 9 footer at Mad island a few years ago on a draw hunt. It was tough to get within effective range but I managed on day three. I would run a line over night and pull it in the morning and go spot and stalk. It was a blast and yes its allowed. You can only use one method at a time. That's the only catch. Good luck and have fun!

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#6859388 - 08/17/17 07:29 AM Re: Alligator Hunt [Re: Capt.JVH]
btpatriot Offline
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Registered: 07/18/10
Posts: 563
Loc: Beeville, Tx
Originally Posted By: Capt.JVH

It can be done, I shot this 9 footer at Mad island a few years ago on a draw hunt. It was tough to get within effective range but I managed on day three. I would run a line over night and pull it in the morning and go spot and stalk. It was a blast and yes its allowed. You can only use one method at a time. That's the only catch. Good luck and have fun!


Yes sir that is exactly my plan. Bowfish most of the first day and set a line on my way out of my compartment for the day.

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