Gator season in Arkansas

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  1. tri70

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    We will have season for Gators now. Here in north part of the state I have seen any and probably won't. Anyone here see any in Arkansas?
     
  2. kryptar19

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    Haven't seen any around Jonesboro or Searcy. This is the first I've heard of this, details?
     

  3. tri70

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  4. Jagermeister

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    How do you hunt gators? Bait 'em? What firearm is appropriate for gator hunting?
     
  5. racer_x

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    I know where 3 are right now lol there all over down south guys getting where i wont swim in the river anymore!!!!
    Im glad i wish they would just open it for everybody.

    Ive heard you can use a big chicken quater and a big hook tie it just above the water
    as for killing one head shots a must!! I know there is a spot just behind there head a 22 would work but lol
    bang sticks, 45, 223, I think would work great but ive never tryed to hunt the things..
     
  6. tri70

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    Reading the web page for Arkansas

    Alligator Hunt Details
    Each permit authorizes the harvest of one alligator, which must be at least 4 feet long.
    Alligator hunting is allowed from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise during the approved alligator seasons:
    30 minutes after sunset, Friday, Sept. 20, through 30 minutes before sunrise, Monday, Sept. 23.
    30 minutes after sunset, Friday, Sept. 27 through 30 minutes before sunrise, Monday, Sept. 30.
    Successful applicants must attend a mandatory hunter orientation class
    Up to three assistants are allowed in the same boat as the permit holder. Only the permit holder is allowed to snare, harpoon and dispatch an alligator.
    Alligator hunters and assistants must have a valid Arkansas hunting license.
    Alligators must be snared or harpooned and subdued using a hand-held snare or harpoon and hand-held restraining line before dispatching. The use of any other equipment is prohibited.
    Once subdued, an alligator may be dispatched using only a shotgun or shotgun shell-loaded bangstick using shot no larger than no. 4 common shot.
    Alligators must be tagged with a Temporary Alligator Possession Tag immediately and transported to an official check station within 12 hours of harvest.
     
  7. racer_x

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    Thanks tri!! A hand held snare should be a lot of fun. lol
    So if im reading it right the guy doing the snareing has to be the guy doing the kill shoot? Guess the other 3 guys is for shtf lol
    Do yall up north still have check stations? its a 1-800 thing for us now last wana say 2 years
     
  8. tri70

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    For us we call in or go online.
     
  9. racer_x

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    right right forgot about the online thing..
     
  10. kryptar19

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    Yea mostly online now days
     
  11. tri70

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    I ate some gator on a stick, it was a little chewy kinda like a pork chop. I would not know how to skin one.
     
  12. kryptar19

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    Chewy like pork, taste like chicken!!
     
  13. mahall

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    Whoever hunts gators is a little bored and a lot crazy if you ask me!! I would want a 44 mag to even walk in gator land-:)
     
  14. Mouser

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    I have been around the forum for a bit...but never stopped by this chat room...hello all!

    Gators...I know a guy from Jboro...used to live there who drew a tag a few years ago. He and I fished White River down by Clarendon and beyond and the Arkansas River by Pendleton Bridge. Some gators on lower white but I never did see any. Lots of gators on the Pendleton pool of the Arkansas River as I have seen and taken pictures.

    Lots of gators on Millwood lake too. I once heard there were gators on Big Lake up by Blythesville, but don't know the truth of it. I never saw any or any evidence of gators on the St Francis river either...too far north I think.
     

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  15. tri70

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    Glad you found us Mouser! Cool picture! What type of game do you see in your neck of the woods? Any bears?
     
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    I have not seen any Bears or sign where I live, but having camped on some of the islands on Lake Ouachita, there has to be Bears in that area...it just feels like bears have to live in that wilderness. I have plenty of Deer, Turkey's and Coyotes around though...keep a feeder going in the back yard and enjoy the deer year around.
     
  17. tri70

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    We have deer, coyotes, turkey, bears are south of us around Ft Smith. A buddy said his wife was confronted by a big cat, they are sure it was a mt lion. She shot a pistol over the cat and it ran off.
    I killed a big hog early this year, seen a lot of sign too.