Georgia’s 17th alligator season is now in the books, and according to DNR, hunters killed at least 280 gators this season. The numbers aren’t final just yet, but they are pretty close. With the current 280 count, it’s the best season for harvest numbers since 2015, when hunters killed 326 gators.
The season was highlighted with a new state record, a 14-foot, 1.75-inch gator killed on Lake Eufaula by tag holder Derrick Snelson, who hired Lethal Guide Service. You can read all about that hunt at www.gon.com/hunt ing/eufaula-gator-new-georgia-record.
We celebrate the end of a great Georgia gator season with some photos from our GON readers.
Zone 3, Lake Blackshear: Terry Swaim used a snatch hook and found himself doing battle with this 9-7 gator after only 12 minutes on the water. However, it took 3 1/2 hours to end the hunt.
Zone 2, Lake Seminole: Seth Thomason killed this 10-6 gator on Sept. 20 with Get-R-Done Alligator Guide Service. The gator weighed 322 pounds.
Zone 9, Savannah River—Huckleberry Pond: #TeamLetsHunt helped tag holder Lee Maddox put this 11-7 gator in the boat. Team members were (from left) Missa Wycoffit, Michael Evans, Lee Maddox, Jeff Moomey, Ben Baty and Sean Ryan.
Zone 6, Crooked River: A nice 8-footer for GON subscriber Justin Wills, of Adairsville. He took it on Aug. 31.
Zone 2, Lake Seminole: A 9-11 lizard for (from left) Jonathon Pritchard, of Bainbridge, Trey Shoemaker, of Macon, and Philip Holt, of Byron.
Zone 4, Irwin County: Garrett Chambless, of Tifton, messaged us through Instagram with this photo. Him and his hunting buddies connected with this gator on Sept. 5.
Zone 5, Bibb County: (From left) Dylan Still, Sinclair Harding and Kenny McCrimmon with the alligator they took on Aug. 17.
Zone 7: Drew Gann (left) and Ben Simon went out with gator guide Gary Frye and tagged this 9-6.
Zone 5, Coffee County: Teaming up with Old River Road Taxidermy was (from left) Alex Porterfield, Derek Jacobs and Harold Porterfield. The gator went 12-4 and weighed 589 pounds.
Left: Zone 5, Twiggs County-Ocmulgee River: C.J. Holmes finally drew an alligator tag after applying for six years. The result was this 12-4 beast.
Zone 2, Lake Seminole: Chase Wade and his grandparents, Skippy and Sabra Higginbotham, of Monroe, got this 11-1, 497-lb. alligator on the first Saturday night of the 2019 alligator season.
Zone 2, Lake Seminole: This 11-3 gator was taken on Aug. 20 by Zack Harp, Haley Harp, Becky Harp and Mike Harp, all from McDonough. The battle was a family affair and lasted for 2 1/2 hours.