Bowhunters Journal
First Gator Hunt
September 20, 2011

Hunter: Franklin Family, Ross Family, Russell Furnace, Steve Hurd, Jason Millegan
Camera: Steve Hurd, Matt Moore
Dates: September 10-11th
Location: Winnie, Texas
Outfitter: Riceland Outfitters: Jesse Kraehnke 409-782-6203
Weather: 90's
Weapons: Excalibur Crossbows, Mathews Z7
Strategies: Baiting gator lines along water canals.

I received a invite to go down to SE Texas and film a gator hunt. It was something that we had never done before so I was excited. We were to hunt with Riceland Outfitters.

The Hunt:
Gator hunting is pretty simple. That is if you have lots of gators. While out baiting the lines we were seeing gators during the heat of the day. I knew we'd have a good hunt. The outfitter was baiting the lines with raw chicken about 12-18" off the water. We baited 8 lines and caught 6 gators. The fun part of the hunt is pulling up the gators and letting the kids shoot them with the crossbow. Overall we got some good footage, made some new friends and got a few more kids hooked on hunting.

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