The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
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Well SBW, we have quite a mission ahead of us. As you all know, SBW and I are going to hunt gators the old school way: harpoons and 'hawks. It's just a matter of us getting together and making it happen!
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Suburban Bushwackers's expat compatriots has managed to harpoon a record alligator here in Florida!
Yorkshire born Robert Tres Ammerman who trapped and killed the alligator, was towed around Lake Washington, near Melbourne, for two hours before he was able to beach it and tow the leviathan on land.
Arnold Brunell, a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist who inspected the alligator, measured and weighed the gator and said it weighed 654 pounds and was 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches long from tip of snout to end of tail, confirming the record breaking length. It was caught Nov. 1, the last day of Florida's official alligator harvesting season.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission states that the previous record was a 14-foot, 5/8-inch alligator trapped in 1997, and that the state's heaviest gator on record was taken in 1989, weighing an astounding 1,043 pounds. That's a lot of fish, hogs, deer, and occasional little kid.
Amazingly, the giant gator was taken on the last day of the season. Usually by that time, alligators have become wary of any human on the lake, much less a boat. But according to Ammerman, he and his nephew were able to creep in close, and place two harpoons into the animal.
I remember reading about alligator hunting back in the sixties, and I recall that American Alligators of up to 20 feet in length had been taken. I have been researching this (Albeit for a few minutes...) and I have yet to find any information on it. Anyone recall anything on the subject?
Albert A Rasch™
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Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...
Though he spends most of his time writing and keeping the world safe for democracy, Albert was actually a student of biology. Really. But after a stint as a lab tech performing repetitious and mind-numbing processes that a trained capuchin monkey could do better, he never returned to the field. Rather he became a bartender. As he once said, "Hell, I was feeding mice all sorts of concoctions. At the club I did the same thing; except I got paid a lot better, and the rats where bigger." He has followed the science of QDM for many years, and fancies himself an aficionado. If you have any questions, or just want to get more information, reach him via TheRaschOutdoorChronicles(at)MSN(dot)com.
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