© By Othmar Vohringer
This morning the CTV news reported about a Florida woman that shot a huge alligator. The newscaster seemed to be positively impressed with this news, which in itself is a bit of a surprise because usually the CTV is on the forefront of reporting anti hunting sentiments in a favourable manner.
Arianne Prevost of Satellite Beach, Florida shot a monster alligator during that sates regular alligator season – August 15 to November 1 – the beast measured from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail exactly 11 feet. The alligator weighs in excess of 450 pounds.
Alligator hunting can be very challenging in the murky swamp waters of Florida and at night when most of the hunting for these animals takes place. This has been Arianne’s first ever gator hunt and to make it even more challenging she used a crossbow. After the hunt Arianne Prevost, in her second year as a bowhunters said, "I can't seem to kill a deer, but I can kill an 11-foot alligator."
Hunting alligators with a bow has been on my “must do” list for a number of years now and this story reminded me that one of these days I have to go to Florida and try my hand on these reptiles. When my wife and I lived in China we grew very fond of alligator meat and I wouldn’t mind filling my freezer with it. Gator meat tastes very nice – no fishy taste at all as often assumed -, the meat is tender and supposedly also quite healthy.
In many areas of Florida gators are so numerous that they are considered a nuisance animal. For more information on hunting alligators in Florida visit the website of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
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