Originally Posted by Fletcher500
I used to watch that show on TV of the guys hunting them in Louisiana. Has the increased population caused the price to drop? Are there plans by the local or Feds to cull them in the future?
Yep that show is interesting. I know most of the people on the show and my wife handled one of the cast members divorce. BTW that show is reality TV almost noting is real.
The population increase is due to most fishermen not fishing anymore because of price. 5 years ago they were getting around $18 a foot for anything over 10 feet and something like $12 a foot for anything under 10 feet. The past 2 years they have been paying $5 a foot and would not take anything under 6 feet.
Both the lack of demand for alligator and the number of alligator farms has cause the price to drop and the wild population to increase.
Currently alligator tags in Louisiana are controlled be large land owners and issued by the state. The landowners then sell the tags to the fishermen. For the last 2 years most fishermen have not purchased the tags from the landowners. This year I had a landowner give me 5 tags to take some customers out to trap alligators. It was pretty funny when they were disappointing when the alligators did not roll and thrash like the do on TV when we pulled them up. After the 3rd alligator I had to show them what was done to make the roll and thrash.