Persistence Pays Off
Alabama hunter Jon Perkins of DeKalb County, has been turning in applications for an alligator hunt permit since it became available in 2006. Perkins is an outdoors man with photos of his hunts lining his office. Since 2006 he would turn in a couple applications, but this year to up his odds for the lottery style permits, he bought 21 applications. In Alabama, one can turn in as many applications as they want, at $6 per application. The computer randomly selects 120 applications to hunt at the Lake Eufaula area. There are less hunters that apply for the Eufaula area, Mobile is where most hunters apply for.
Perkins was one of those selected this year. The alligator tag allows the hunter to get one alligator in the area between August 12th- 28th. Perkins chose to go that first weekend. Along with friends they hooked one, that was maybe 6 feet, but the alligator got away. Perkins was unsure if he wanted to go again, but his friends wanted to, so the next weekend they were out again.
Early on the 27th, around 4 they hooked another. Unsure with the regulations, hunting is from 8 pm-6 am, Perkins called the wardens to make sure if they hooked it they would be able to keep it if they didn't have it in the boat by 6. The wardens said yes, keep fighting. It took hours to wear the alligator out, and the alligator had pulled the boat a quarter of a mile. "And when you get it to the boat, you also have to put some kind of noose around its leg or head or tail. Once you get it secured then you can shoot it. You can't use a rifle. It's got to be a shotgun or a bangstick." Perkins ended up with a 12' 4" alligator, weighing in at 650 lbs. Before this he had only seen one alligator in the wild. From The Sand Mountain Reporter.