Hunters Search For The Big Gator

Hunters Search For The Big Gator

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Spanish Fort, Alabama -
It may look like an uneventful night on Mobile Bay but out there is where all the action is taking place. It's the first night of gator hunting and these guys are hoping to score the big one.
 
"I've seen a bunch of alligators around while I was fishing bass tournaments and stuff so I'm going out tonight and see if I can hook into a pretty good one," said Keeven Turner.
 
It's the first year of gator hunting for Turner, who loves fishing, but this isn't a typical fishing trip. Just ask those who know best.
 
"It's something different. It's not your typical game animal that you usually hunt like a deer or a turkey. People picture alligators as a dangerous game so they get pretty excited about it," said Chris Nix, a wildlife biologist.
 
A dark night on the Delta is a good starting point for these hunters, but they'll be searching everywhere for the big gator.
 
"They pretty much broadened the range where we're allowed to hunt so I think a lot of people are heading further south," said Ricky Fields.
 
This year over 150 tags were handed out, compared to 150 in 2012. 
 
"It does help us out with the nuissance alligator complaints. With our population growing more so than the alligator population of course we're going to have nuissance alligator complaints so we're hoping that this year with the increased hunt area that maybe it can relieve some pressure off those nuissance ones," said Nix.
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