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Old 09-18-2013, 08:37 AM
 
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Sad that he lived as long as a life as he did....only to be butchered for sport.
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Old 09-18-2013, 09:08 AM
 
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Makes you wonder how big they got before Europeans overran this country.

Nowhere near the size of crocs but still huge.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:19 AM
 
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Sad that he lived as long as a life as he did....only to be butchered for sport.
Well, there actually isn't much sport in filling an alligator tag. It's similar to trotlining for catfish. You put an enormous hook on a really big line (usually shore anchored), then you put a rotten chicken on the hook, throw it in the water, come back and check it later. If there's an alligator on the line, you pull it out of the water and dispatch it. Not much sport. The motivation is typically that the sale of the meat and hide from a big gator will cover your gator hunting costs for several years.

Keep in mind that this gator could literally be anywhere between 15 and 100+ years old. There's no telling. Also keep in mind that alligator hunting is VERY tightly regulated in this era.
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Old 09-19-2013, 07:21 AM
 
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Makes you wonder how big they got before Europeans overran this country.

Nowhere near the size of crocs but still huge.
I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there have been 25' alligators along the gulf coast..
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