Guided Gator Hunting In Louisiana

By Ruth Kennedy


The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has provided recommendations on the managing of the reptiles as a profitable, renewable natural reserve. It is recognized as a world renowned success story in crocodilian conservation. It has been used across the world as a model for managing other crocodilian species throughout the world. Other similar projects use Guided Gator Hunting in Louisiana as a model.

Leather obtained from the reptile has a great value and since the 1800s has been held with high regard. During the 1950s an unexpected drop in gator population was documented due to uncontrolled shooting and was finally halted in 1962 with the government intervention followed by thorough exploration on the life history with good management with proper steps of conservation put in place. Farm owners therefore yield profits through the hunting activities in their farms.

The goal of the program was conservation of endangered species since it was part of the natural habitat and benefits to other species that coexist with it in the natural habitat. The idea behind this move is to give a sustained agenda to manage hunting, give long term profits for existence and maintenance of the ecosystem and not in the least financial gain to citizens.

The coastal lands where the alligator lives are living naturally are private farms adding up to 81 percent of their habitat. This designates a direct profit to owners of the farms with incentives and earnings. Those who hire land to carry out the harvesting also get direct benefits. This conditions are to ensure protection of the animal and habitat maintenance.

An impulsive increase in population of the species was later experienced in the period 1962 to 1972 as a result of measures that had been put in place by the state to govern its conservation. The program was initiated in Cameron Parish for financial prowess in remote gator yield in remote gator reap. Equal distribution in regard to population density of crocodilian was of wide deliberation.

The state department provides tags for property that has a habitat of wetland alligators that can sustain a harvest. Tags are only given to accredited hunters and cannot be transferred. The hunter has to either own the land or is permitted to hunt on land with qualifications that guarantee harvest tags. The hunters apply for labels preceding the season. The licenses are divided into three categories, Hunter 1, Helper license and Sports license. The tags are property specific and are also indicated on the license itself. Hunters must possess the license in order to sell or own wild alligator skins or their parts.

The only time that is legally putative is daytime and night hunting is highly prohibited. Proportions of daily and seasonal frequency are equivalent to the tags a seeker possess. Size restrictions are not given during overall open period. The harvesting can be done by hook and line, bow and arrow and firearms except shotguns. Caution should be taken to retrieve shot reptiles lest they are lost. The shotguns are not allowed since they are restricted weapons in areas occupied by the gators as a government precaution.

Upon harvest, the gators should be immediately tagged before exiting the capture location, about 6 inches from the end of the tail from the lower side. One should be careful not to lose or drop tags since they are not replaced once lost bearing in mind they do not float.




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