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spectr17
06-07-2003, 02:54 PM
June 7 , 2003

State to allow alligator hunting beginning in September

The Associated Press - MACON, Ga.

Georgia has declared open hunting season on its booming alligator population, which has grown over the last few decades from nearly nothing to a nuisance.

Starting in September, Georgia will join neighboring states when it holds its first alligator hunting season. Officials say hunters will help the state to get rid of alligators that have settled in creeks and near homes and businesses.

The states alligator population has jumped from almost none in the 1960s to about 200,000 today, said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Melissa Cummings.

About 450 nuisance alligators are removed each year in the state by licensed trappers. Larger or more aggressive alligators are usually killed for their meat and hides, while many smaller alligators are relocated.

Its sort of fun to watch, said Charlie Snelling, human resources manager at the Riverwood International paper mill. They use a noose on his snout and they (electrical)-tape handcuff him, so it looks like hes going off to jail.

Snelling said several alligators are caught each year in the ponds behind the mill.

There are several rules for the upcoming hunting season, officials said.

Hunting will be restricted to selected counties, mostly along the coast and in the southwest corner of the state on the shores of Lake Seminole and Walter F. George Reservoir.

A quota of hunters will be selected through a lottery system, and each hunter will be allowed to kill one alligator. An estimated 180 alligators could be killed in this years hunt.

All alligators must be killed at close range, using hand-held weapons to capture the alligators _ ropes or snares, hooks on the end of poles, harpoons or arrows with a restraining line. They can then be killed by severing their spinal cords or shooting them with a hand gun or bang stick.

Its not going to be for the faint of heart, said Jeff Shepard, a Dublin resident and one of 13 licensed alligator trappers in Georgia.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph

Jim Thompson
06-07-2003, 04:36 PM
Should be very interesting come September. Wonder if we will read about the leg that once was????

Jim

MIBowhunter
06-08-2003, 04:14 AM
South Carolina needs to look at this also. There like rats down here.

MIB

Mailman29680
06-26-2003, 05:46 PM
My application is in.