Inside Alligator Hunting

Nightline visits the Mississippi Delta for a look inside this year's record breaking hunting season.
6:26 | 09/09/13

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Depending on where you live you might find your place overrun by bugs or rats. But in the mississippi delta, it's gator hundreding season. Residents looking for a challenge and that meat are more than happy to take matters into their own hands if they can. We went down to join some of the adventurous folk to see how they wrangled those reptiles. It's midnight deep in the dark waters of the mississippi delta and we're along for the final 48 hours of this record breaking alligator hunting season. What lies beneath? Jurassic park. They are struggling to wrestle an 18 foot alligator into their boat. We're in the delta national forest. It's the same place where over the last ten days, mississippi's alligator hunting season, three teams captured massive monsters. Giant gators which seems rather redundant. That is is a dinosaur. This massive gator tips the scale at 741.5 pounds. How did they get so big? Meet beth trammel. Her son, husband, and brother in law caught this 723 pounder last weekend. And just an hour later, dustin and his team wrangled this one. Four pounds heavier. On saturday, lee turner's team picked up the record setter, a 741 pound beast. So we hit the pitch black swamps of mississippi with that ordinary suburban family turned reptile wranglers. Paralegal by day and alligator hunter by night? Alligator queen. The alligator queen? The alligator queen family capturing that giant gator on their first hunt ever. That was my second night. It sounds like you were ready for it? Yeah. It looked like it. It looked like a monster. Were you ever scared? Yes. Very scared. He was going up around in circles for an hour, hour and a half. It's her son parker's 18th birthday and he's looking to catch a second gator. Aboard their 12 foot rig, we caught the first gator and shawn throws out the first line hooking the gator's foot. It's about five feet long, which makes it a legal catch. It's beautiful, really. That's beautiful. The night is young and they let it go. He's gone. For the next three hours of chasing, the trammels would spot gators but they would disappear under water as soon as they spotted us. Red eyes. It's midnight and this alligator shows his face. Come on buddy, come on up. Don't be afraid. At about five feet long, some people may be wondering why? We eat the meat. I don't see it any different than the prepackaged meat in the grocery store. With the giant catch next week they will have 120 pounds of meat, enough to last months. Let's get hand sanitizer out. That's a mom thing to say. Yes. Is it safe? It is safe. We have only had two accidents reported. Both of those were fairly minor. We had one person that actually got bit on the hand. Biologist, ricky flint, the hunt coordinator. She will be right at the edge of the boat. Took us right to a female gator's coveted spot, her nest. He says they are so big because for years nobody was allowed to hunt them. So the gators kept growing in size and pop yulation. Alligators have become a problem on people's property? Absolutely. Goldfish pond, swimming pools, turned deck of a house, in the parking lots of downtown jackson. Gators are not in danger but critics say that wild alligators should be left in the wild. Some people are watching this saying I'm not so comfortable with that? We see this as a renewable resource, just like these trees that are growing here, if I cut that tree down, it's going to regenerate itself either from the acorn that falls to the ground and sprouts or the root sprouts. This same thing happens with alligators. And that record breaker from a few days ago? We had to go out with him. I became an overnight celebrity. Everywhere I go people recognize me. I'm going to see if I can find a good one. Dustin and his team are looking for a bigger catch. An animal 700 pounds is something that could eat you and has thousands of pounds of jaw pressure. It's pretty exciting. It's not a competition but we try to take an older animal. That's what we shoot for. Four hours go by without a bite. See maybe, I would say 40 or 50 alligators. Got close to a couple, but, not close enough to get a shot. Now at 3:00 a.M., His team spots the big one. Check the line. Hold on. The battle would go on for hours. I got it. Let it go. Stop. In the end, an 11 foot monster captured right in front of our cameras. Each hunter allowed two gators in this ten-day season. The long night has turned into an early morning. We set out with hopes of catching an alligator, maybe a big one, but really it's hard to get one in the first place. I just enjoy being out here and love doing it. For "night line," in the mississippi delta.

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