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by 03Lightningrocks
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Alligator defense question
Replies: 30
Views: 1800

Re: Alligator defense question

KLB wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:52 pm
Interblog wrote:
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:53 am
I realize that the odds of encountering a nuisance gator are very low, but (a) I like to kayak and (b) I like to have a contingency plan in my head, just in case. How would you handle it if you were in a one-person non-motorized craft and you were suddenly faced with a twelve-footer? This was the question I was asking myself yesterday as I was paddling carefully along the shore.
Obviously I can issue no guarantees, but I have canoed and kayaked in many places where alligators abound. I've never had one take any interest in me. Gatory places I have been include coastal bayous such as the Guadalupe Delta, Caddo Lake, the Angelina-Neches Forks at the back end of B. A. Steinhagen, and Choke Canyon Reservoir. I was in the back end of Choke Canyon paddling up the old river channel and encountered a gator on the bank that seemed to me, in the instant we confronted each other, to be as long as my 14-foot kayak. He immediately dashed into the water to hide.

I would not, however, want to go swimming in any such places.
This is why claiming to shoot a gator in self defense is pretty laughable.
by 03Lightningrocks
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: General Gun, Shooting & Equipment Discussion
Topic: Alligator defense question
Replies: 30
Views: 1800

Re: Alligator defense question

The problem with shooting a gator in "self defense" is that it can be seen as you over reacting to the simple presence of a gator. Reality of it is, you are not likely to see the gator that grabs you and by the time that happens, shooting it is gonna be a very difficult process. Common sense tells you that if you see a gator approaching you, you should move out of the way.

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