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Crocodile Season


Alligators, alligators and crocodiles are part of the crocodilian family, a group of large semi-aquatic reptiles. These ferocious animals with robust bodies, thick skin and huge toothed mouths emerged on the planet more than 50 million years ago and have changed very little over the centuries.


Today it is estimated that we have more than 1.3 million crocodiles living in Florida waters and every day we see more out of the water, in our yards and even on the doorsteps of homes. This year, the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued more than 6,000 permits for the hunting season that begins August 15 through January 1, in order to control overpopulation. During those weeks, hundreds of hunters will be on their boats daily, looking for an alligator or crocodile that will win them a trophy and a good adrenaline rush. Each hunter is allowed to hunt two of these exotic reptiles from a designated area.



For some it is an addiction. One of the most common ways to hunt crocodiles is by using a fishing rod with a hand-sized treble hook. During the nights, the hunters navigate with flashlights looking for eyes that shine in the water. When they find them, they throw the treble hook at it hoping to hook the animal. If they are lucky, they will see an explosion in the water and that is where the adventure begins. Depending on the size and weight of the crocodile, it can take hours to get it close to the boat, so they throw another hook with a stronger rope that allows them to handle it better.


The law only allows the use of an explosive stick that fires a bullet into the animal's skull by putting pressure between the two eyes. Normally this is enough to kill him.


Then comes the hard part, how to get this huge lizard into the boat. The most important thing is to tape his mouth shut, which is the most dangerous part of the adventure, since there is no certainty that the bullet killed him or simply passed him out. The average weight of an alligator or crocodile is between 600 to 1,000 pounds, which makes getting it into the boat a difficult task. Once achieved, the legs and tail are tied, labeled and they celebrate the feat.

Crocodile hunting is undoubtedly a sport that gains more followers every day. If you haven't had this experience yet, make sure you prepare well, buy the proper equipment and above all know the regulations that you can find on FWC.com. It is recommended that the first time you do it with a guide who has a lot of experience hunting crocodiles, so that it is an unforgettable experience. For more information contact: trophytakeroutdoors@aol.com

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