So how about it? Who in Moore County, Texas is a Gator fan? And I'm not talking about the Florida Gators sports teams. I'm talking about the four-legged kind with a long tail. Them 'gators. Because if you didn't know, it's alligator season in Moore County, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's website.
So grab your hunting stuff, because now is the time. But make sure it is an alligator and not a crocodile. There is no crocodile season in Moore County.
According to an article by Paul Goodman, he lists eight main differences between the two reptiles.
1. The crocodile's snout is more pointed and V-shaped, while the alligator's snout is wide and more U-shaped.
2. The crocodile is located all over the world. The alligators' habitat is only in parts of the US and China.
3. Crocodiles favor more salty water than the alligator's preference to freshwater.
4. You can see the crocodile's teeth, but the alligators' teeth can be hidden when they close their mouths.
5. A crocodile can be several feet longer than an alligator.
6. Crocodiles are lighter in color.
7. Crocodiles are typically slower on land and in water.
8. A crocodile can be a bit more aggressive than an alligator.
So heed these differences when out during this alligator season. The core season was Sept. 10-30 last year. The non-core season began April 1 and will run through June 30. So there is plenty of time to suit up and bag yourself an alligator.
Be sure to follow these tips when hunting your alligator: (Directly from www.tpwd.texas.gov)
– Except when engaged in hunting, it is against the law to intentionally feed a free-ranging alligator.
– Alligators may be taken under any resident or non-resident hunting license (except for a non-resident spring turkey license and a non-resident banded bird hunting license).
– Hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Between sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, no person shall set any baited line capable of taking an alligator, or remove an alligator from a line set.
– CITES tags are required in both “Core” and “Non-core” counties and are issued by the department. CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) is an international agreement between governments to ensure that international trade in wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
– Only lawfully harvested alligators may be sold and only to a licensed wholesale dealer or alligator farmer. It is unlawful to take an alligator by means of firearms from, in, on, across, or over public water.
Means and Methods
– In non-core counties, no person may employ more than one taking device at any time.
– Alligators may only be taken on private property.
– Alligators may be taken from public water, however, the person and the taking device must be on private
– Hook and line (line set) must be secured on private property with a portion of the line above water.
Minimum 300 lb. test line.
– Hook-bearing lines may not be placed prior to the open season and shall be removed no later than sunset on
the last day of the season.
– Each line set shall be labeled with a plainly visible, permanent, and legibly marked gear tag that contains the
full name and current address of the person who set the line and the hunting license number of the person who
set the line.
– Line sets shall be inspected daily, and alligators shall be killed, documented, and removed immediately upon
– Firearms (excluding rimfire), air guns, and arrow guns may only be used to hunt on private land in non-core
– Firearms (excluding rimfire), air guns, and arrow guns may be used to dispatch alligators legally captured on
a taking device in any county.
– Gigs, hand-held snares (with integral locking mechanism), and lawful archery equipment (with barbed
arrow), must have a float attached to the line. The float shall be no less than 6” by 6” by 8” or, if the float is
spherical, no less than eight inches in diameter.
For further information about alligator season (tags, licensing, or general information), visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife website at www.tpwd.texas.gov.
Now that you have some information about hunting an alligator, have yourself a grand time. Good luck obtaining an alligator in all the freshwater locations in Moore County. Maybe someone can take this information and get an alligator. You might have a great story to tell. And make sure you only feed an alligator when you are hunting it.