Equipment Swamp People Use
Even if the Cajun people will provide all the equipments needed for alligator hunting, it is better to know them before meeting the Swamp people, as your hunt would go a lot easier this way. Let’s see the most important instruments and the protective devices needed.
If you are a passionate hunter, you can spend one or two weeks every year in the Cajun swamps. The Swamp people are though persons that are used with the extreme conditions of life. Alligator hunting is not a hobby for them, it is a necessity. However, even you, as a tourist, could leave the Cajun swamps with some serious preys.
The equipment can be bought from commerce, but the Swamp people have their own tools that are surely more effective than the usual ones for alligator hunting. The basic items are the harpoon, the headlight, the electrical tape and knives. There are also some special types of harpoon types that could crush bones.
Hunting the alligators is different from any other hunt. Maybe the most important part is locating the best exemplars and finding a gator that can be killed without the worries of the authorities. While a bate made of fish could work great in wide waters, on the tight channels, it would be really hard to catch the gators using them. A bone crushing harpoon is mandatory if you are going for a mature gator having over 7 feet long. The Cajun people will always chase an alligator if he is hurt. This is because the animal will almost certainly die and it is a pity not to collect it. The Swamp people are also using bows for alligator hunting, but in this case, they also have to harpoon him to gain more control.
If you are hunting the alligators in open waters, you will need the hook and the rod. Moreover, the Cajun people use different hooks. Once the gator is hooked, you will only need to tire the animal until he gets to the closest distance that is also safe. Try to aim the most vulnerable parts such as the neck or the back of the tail. The Swamp people say that the biggest alligator hunting mistake is hitting the gator on the tail or on the head.
The best harpoons can be thrown to 30 feet distance, and you can also add a pipe to puncture the hide more easily. Sometimes, the harpoon will penetrate the hide with minimum effort, but you will need the best instruments for this. However, you must put all your power in the throw if you want a successful hit. This way, the harpoon will penetrate the skin more effective, and the alligator will die faster. If you hit the back of the alligator, you might be unlucky to penetrate it. Yes, unlucky is the word, as you will have to kill the animal with any price according to the Cajun rules, and it will be harder to tire the alligator in this case.
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