Alligator Hunting Overland Park KS

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Americanfirearms Specialty Company
(816) 965-0600
12138 Blue Ridge Ext.
Grandview, MO
 
Bob''Sgun Rack Inc.
(816) 525-1460
805 SE 3rd St Le
Lees Summit, MO
 
Cedar Bluff Reservoir
(785) 726-3212
Box 76A
Ellis, KS
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Milford Lake
(785) 238-5714
4020 W. K-57 Hwy.
Junction City, KS
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fish Hatchery; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Off Highway Vehicle; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

El Dorado Lake
(316) 321-9974
2710 NE Shady Lake Rd
El Dorado, KS
Other Activties
Biking; Boating; Camping; Fishing; Horseback Riding; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Visitor Center; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Denny''Sguns Ltd
(816) 221-9117
2001 Clay N.
Kansas City, MO
 
Lovewell Reservoir
(785) 753-4971
RR 1, Box 66A
Weber, KS
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Boating; Camping; Fishing; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Interpretive Programs; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Marion Reservoir
(620) 382-2101
2105 North Pawnee
Marion, KS
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hunting; Picnicking; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Keith Sebelius Reservoir
(785) 877-2953
Box 431
Norton, KS
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Historic & Cultural Site; Hunting; Picnicking; Recreational Vehicles; Water Sports; Wildlife Viewing

Damsite - Fall River Lake
(620) 658-4445
2453 LAKE ROAD
Fall River, KS
Other Activties
Boating; Camping; Fishing; Hiking; Hunting

Alligator Hunting: Big Business Across the South

Stretched taut, the rope led into the dark water, holding a prehistoric animal in an extremely bad mood at the other end.

The guide snatched the cord with a rake-like pole and pulled it toward the flatboat. Grabbing the rope, he pulled with all his might. Tangled in the aquatic vegetation, the prehistoric reptile erupted from the murk, snapping at anything it could find. Flinging vegetation and spray, the gator attempts a "death roll." Unable to chew, alligators snap their heads and roll repeatedly to rip prey apart with their razor teeth or destroy enemies. The powerful tail, almost as dangerous as the toothy jaws, whipped the black water into froth.

"Aim for the head between the eyes," the guide shouted to the guest who drew his .357 revolver. "Gators have small brains and it takes a well-placed shot to kill them. Even after they die, their nervous systems still cause them to writhe for a long time."

When the Spanish explorers first began to trek across Florida and into North America about 500 years ago, they discovered "dragons," dubbing these giant hard-to-kill toothy reptiles, "El Lagarto," or "the lizard." Over the centuries, English-speaking people corrupted the Spanish phrase into "alligator," known to scientists as "Alligator mississippiensis."

Once fully protected, alligators made a remarkable comeback in the last 40 years. They became so numerous that they caused problems in many states that now allow strictly managed hunting opportunities. Alligators range from Texas to North Carolina and as far north as eastern Oklahoma, southern Arkansas and parts of Tennessee. Living more than 50 years, alligators can grow to more than 14 feet long and can weigh more than 1,000 pounds. E. A. McIlhenny of the Tabasco pepper sauce fame claimed to have killed a 19-foot, 2-inch alligator on Marsh Island, Louisiana, early in the 20th century, but that length remains in dispute among alligator biologists. The largest Florida alligator on record measured 17 feet, 5 inches long.

Possessing impressive teeth and large jaws capable of crushing bone, alligators look fierce and can take down an adult deer. They occasionally bite or even kill humans, but generally act timid toward people. However, settlers along the Gulf Coast considered them vermin and attempted to eradicate alligators, shooting them on sight for centuries. Fortunately, they usually lived in isolated, swampy places or nearly inaccessible marshes. Even after centuries of "target practice," alligators numbered in the millions along the Gulf Coast until after World War I. In the 1920s, products made from alligator leather became chic.

A few intrepid Louisiana gator hunters walked those marshes with long hooked poles. When one located "gator holes," or a wallowed out depression in the marsh, he probed it with his poles. If he hit an alligator, the trapper thrust the hooked end into the wallow and attempted to snag the beast at the bottom. After pulling up a snagged alligator, the trapper...

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