Making Money Hunting Alligators
If you have watched the Swamp people in the latest period, you are surely aware about their alligator hunting businesses. The Cajun people are always talking about their preys, and they are proud about the biggest alligators hunted. While the adventure and the thrilling can’t be contested, let’s see some facts about making money from alligator hunting.
Even if this is their main source of income, the Cajun people have other several sources. They are practically using everything from the alligators: the meat is consumed in different ways, and part of it is going to New Orleans for the exclusive restaurants. The beginner Swamp people hunters are selling the skin of the alligators immediately after hunting the animals, but the most advanced hunters also have their own small manufacturing businesses, so they are selling the skins from alligator hunting as fine leather.
However, finding the best places to hunt is not that easy, and the Cajun people have their own maps left from father to son. The Swamp people cherish those maps, and they are the most important gifts that can be given by the swamp people one to another.
A huge problem about alligator hunting is the volatility of the market. It is not only about the alligators that are changing their habitats often, making it hard for the hunters to find them. It is also about the prices, as they are changing often. It might be a curiosity, but the life of the Cajun people is strictly connected with the catwalks of Milan and Paris. While the anti-leather currents from the latest years affected the incomes of the Swamp people, it seems like the “green current” of people disappeared, and they realized that exclusivity can’t be obtained with vinyl. This is why at least for this year and the years to come, alligator hunting will be a profitable initiative.
While the price for alligator skin was 6-9 dollars/square foot in the 80’s, now they can sell it with more than 13 dollars/square feet. However, this is not the best period for the Cajun hunters, as the prices were 40 dollars/unit in the early 90’s.
Bottom line, the Swamp people sell one alligator with 400 dollars. However, an old alligator that was involved in lots of fights has scars, making it less profitable. The hunters must also go for the huge exemplars, as the small ones would not even cover the costs of the alligator hunting. Moreover, the local authorities protect the small alligators.
Other incomes are coming from the increasing number of tourists. The locals are guides for the group of curious tourists, and they are more and more every year. The locals are also organizing alligator hunts for rich people that can afford 1000-1200 dollars for a hunt. The tourist goes home with the prey, and this initiative is far more profitable than the common alligator hunting. On the other hand, it is also dangerous, as the tourists might get hurt and the guide is responsible in this case.
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