Are you tough enough to fight an alligator? One on one? Bare handed? Man against beast?
I am, as long as my bare hands are holding a loaded gun capable of blasting through bank vaults.
In 2012, 850 hunters in Georgia harvested 247 alligators. The average gator was just under 100″ and the longest gator measured 161 inches or about 13-1/2 feet long.
Before you head out for ammo and new camo, you have to pay the gator tax … or quota hunt permit, as it’s called.
The permit is harder to capture than the most wily prey.
Ten thousand people apply for the 850 permits issued annually for the alligator quota hunt, according to John Bowers, assistant chief of the Game Management Section. “We anticipate applicant rates to continue increasing for this unique hunting opportunity.”
In Georgia, alligators typically live in a variety of natural wetland habitats including marshes, swamps, rivers, farm ponds and lakes, south of the “fall line” with goes through Columbus, Macon and Augusta. Gators are “opportunistic carnivores” that eat small mammals, aquatic insects, crayfish, frogs, fish, turtles, water birds and morons who try to pet them.
Your application must be made before midnight on Wednesday, July 31, 2013.