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  • I'm going to start duck hunting in the southern states where alligators could be an issue with my dog. I heard that gators first

    I'm going to start duck hunting in the southern states where alligators could be an issue with my dog. I heard that gators first stalk their prey from on top of the water then go under to attack. They just don't sit on the bottom and wait for splahing and then attack. Which could give a hunter a warning while duck hunting.

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    I don't know a lot about duck hunting, but I know about gators, so I'll try to help. What you heard is typical, but not always true. They often wait to ambush prey with just their eyes & nostrils above water. When they stalk on the surface, that's usually all you see. You're not really looking for an "alligator." You're looking for the profile of the top of the head & snout (eyes & nostrils). Most of the gators out there are big enough to steal your ducks, but the dog is too big for them--but there are plenty big ones too. I hope this helps. You should talk to some duck hunters to see how they deal with it. Good luck hunting.

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    • #3
      I think a better question would be how to make an alligator let go of your dog, rather than how he got hold of him in the first place. My first impulse would be to try a .357 Magnum between the eyes.

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      • #4
        Timberdoodle, not a bad idea, but you want to aim a little farther back. The kill shot is a couple of inches behind the eyes if you're aiming straight down & depending on the size of the gator. Also the eyes are only an inch or so behind the back teeth so you'd be shooting pretty close to the dog. It's a tough shot if the gator & dog are thrashing around. But if the alternative is watching your dog become dinner, I'd say go for it.

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        • #5
          i wld jus suggest not taking him in the water jus take him field hunting

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