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Alligator Hunting

GON Gator Gallery

Gator season officially closed on Oct. 3, and it was just about a record-setting year. According to WRD, 389 gators were harvested during the 2022 season. The only season that tops this year was the 2021 season when 391 gators were taken. The 2020 season witnessed 372 hunter-taken gators. DNR doesn’t have the staff to…

GON’s 2022 Gator Gallery

Gator season won’t officially close until Oct. 3, but this season already has been highlighted by some really big Georgia alligators. As we always enjoy doing in October, we show off the ones from folks who have taken the time to send in pictures and info. We hope you enjoy seeing them as much as…

Boy’s First Gator Hunt Packed With Lake Seminole Action

By Scott Barwick  The rush of a 7-foot alligator on the end of your fishing line can be intense, but imagine being a 12-year-old boy on the other side of that fight.  Finally, after six years of being declined for a Georgia gator tag, I was granted the opportunity to harvest one. My friend Byron…

13-5 Gator On Seminole Answers A Prayer

Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Mark Quirk and his brother Charles had done all the right things in preparation for their alligator hunt on Lake Seminole, but their bad luck was reaching the almost-ready-to-give-up stage. That’s when they learned that prayer trumps Murphy’s Law. Last year Charles assisted…

Alligator Man: The Legend Of Trapper Jack

We go back more than 30 years now, even before the first year he obtained an alligator trapping license, 1989. When I think about him, the word “legend” comes to mind. But every single definition of legend I’ve found includes either “famous” or “fame.” But he never cared for being famous; he simply wanted to…

Giant Gator In The Deer Woods

An exciting aspect of deer hunting is you never know what you might see during an outing in the woods. A bowhunter in Macon County got more excitement than he was expecting—or wanting—when he witnessed what looked more like a scene from Jurrasic Park than something you’d see during a deer hunt. During the third…

GON Gator Gallery

Gator season won’t officially close until Oct. 4, but this season already has been highlighted by some really big Georgia alligators. As we always enjoy doing in October, we show off the ones from folks who have taken the time to send in pictures and info. We hope you enjoy seeing them as much as…

Altamaha River 12 1/2-foot Gator Taken On Last-Minute Hunt

By Russell Headrick   I thought I would share some pics and the story from our recent alligator hunt in the Altamaha River. The lucky hunter was Danny Cochran, of Dalton, and he used seven of his “sacred” priority points to draw a tag for Zone 7.   We drove down to Darien on Thursday, Aug. 26…

Mom, Daughter Double On Georgia Gators

Adventures in the outdoors can bring families together and create lifelong memories. While success isn’t a requirement for that magic, it can sure add some special sauce to the recipe. The Teston family from Augusta will not soon forget the morning they spent on a cypress and lily pad choked lake in Jenkins County hunting…

13-3 Lake Seminole Alligator

By Mike Harp Just wanted to sit down and tell my story of the last four years of gator hunting leading up to my 2020 13-3 beast. It all started with my first tag in 2013. I thought it was going to be easy to just go out and get one. Well one weekend later,…