Alligator hunters land 12-footer after 5 hours

There are 15 comments on the Sep 24, 2008, Myrtle Beach Online story titled Alligator hunters land 12-footer after 5 hours. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

South Carolina's first alligator season in 44 years has produced its share of behemoth catches, but one of the biggest so far is a 12-foot, 7-inch monster caught by three gator-hunting novices from the ...

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REDNECK REBEL

Conway, SC

#1 Sep 25, 2008
Seems to me that DNR needs to read this - the gator must be tied/tethered BEFORE being shot, to prevent it from getting away injured, or floating up days later !!!
DEE

Memphis, TN

#2 Sep 25, 2008
FEEL BAD FOR THE GATOR THEY SUCH REAL TOUGH GUYS HOPE THEY EATEN NEXT TIME THEN THEY WILL ALL BE CRYING FOR THEIR MOMMAS.THAT SUCH A REAL SPORT WHAT A BUNCH OF REAL LOSERS.CANT WAIT FOR THE GATORS TO KILL THEM ALL.
Great job

San Francisco, CA

#3 Sep 25, 2008
Anyone who is out in our lakes and marshes know there are way too many gators now. Kill some more.

“I see the big picture...”

Since: Jul 08

...and it's terrifying.

#4 Sep 25, 2008
Crikey, mate! She's gonna make a lot of real beauties-shoes!
whocares

Mount Pleasant, SC

#5 Sep 25, 2008
How is it that this is SC 1st alligator season in 44yrs and 3 people from NC get a permit. My understanding is that it was a lottery for tags .I am sure there are some SC residents who did not get drawn for a tag. These clowns stalked 9 gators and shot arrows.
From the DNR Website
Alligators must be secured and brought to shore or alongside boat before dispatch. No shooting of free swimming or basking alligators is allowed in this program. No rifles are allowed, but handguns and bangsticks are permitted for dispatch. No bait, baited hooks, set hooks, or pole hunting is allowed (see regulations for more information about methods).
I have sent this article to the DNR .
Man

Farmville, NC

#6 Sep 25, 2008
Got any pictures?
don w

Columbia, SC

#7 Sep 25, 2008
can't find the photo
cdg146

Boone, NC

#8 Sep 25, 2008
There may be too many gators but I sure do hate for them to die in such a manner.
WAM

Charlotte, NC

#9 Sep 25, 2008
These guys did everything by the book. In order to secure the gator alongside the boat or to shore you have to shot the gator with an arrow. the arrow has line that is secured to both the arrow and the bow. When they shot the gator it was secure and next to the boat. Get your facts right! and go ahead and tell the DNR.
Joy

Conway, SC

#10 Sep 25, 2008
Shoes & purses!!!!
CT Gator Man

Hawthorne, NY

#11 Sep 25, 2008
What on earth was a 59 year old man doing swimming with an 11 foot gator. And secondly, why do we as human's make it out to be the alligators fault when it trys to eat this human who is swimming in its habitat. If the gator had eaten a wounded duck, we would have just looked at it is a thing of nature. However when a gator attacks a wounded human (the guy obviously had a wounded brain to be out there anyway), it is a tragedy. Just some food for thought.

Since: Dec 08

Hopkins, SC

#13 Dec 19, 2008
CT Gator Man wrote:
What on earth was a 59 year old man doing swimming with an 11 foot gator. And secondly, why do we as human's make it out to be the alligators fault when it trys to eat this human who is swimming in its habitat.
Interesting so where is a human's habitat? We are not allowed to swim in a pond, lake, creek or ocean?

And along those same line you are saying we are not allowed to walk or hike in our national parks and forests or on our own property without expecting a predator to be allowed to attack us because, as you say, we are in "their" territory?

Sorry but that just doesn't fly. The whole of the earth is our territory too. We have a right to control the population of predators on this planet. We have the right to go swimming in a lake, pond, creek or ocean and expect to be reasonably safe; as the man who went swimming in Santee had a right to do.

Lets take a look at conservation in a logical, rational manner. That is the only way to be fair to the animals.....

Since: Dec 08

Hopkins, SC

#14 Dec 19, 2008
Correction, we don't have a right to control the population of a species or predator, we have the responsibility to do so!!!
JEAN PUBLIC

Burlington, NJ

#16 Jan 20, 2009
THESE KILLERS OF WILDLIFE ARE DISGUSTING. WILDLIFE MURDERERS FOR MONEY AND GREED IS WHAT THEY ARE. I AM DISGUSTED THAT THIS IS ALLOWED. THESE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS ARE THE SCUM OF THE EARTH.
JEAN PUBLIC

Burlington, NJ

#17 Jan 20, 2009
PAWS TO THE RESCUE SHELTER HAS A DOG THAT WAS BEATEN SO HARD ITS EYES BULGED OUT OF ITS HEAD. WILL YOU PLEASE GET THE GUY WHO DID THAT TO THIS DOG. THIS IS DISGUSTING.This poor boy was brought to the shelter today by a good samaritan that found him and took him to the vet. The vet said someone beat him so hard that his eyes popped out of his head! Surgery to remove his eyes will be around $1,000 and obviously this is an expense they just cannot afford. They desperately want to keep this boy but need help with funds.

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