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    Nice pictures! Always enjoy reading your posts.

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    We depart in about a week for the gator and hog bowhunt. Ive had the gator bow setup for a while and have been shooting it. For the hog portion of this hunt I will use my usual Bowtech. The gator bow is an old Oregon brand bow I added a big game reel to. Its set to 55 pounds draw. I designed and 3D printed a mount for my Ultimate Predator Adventure cam (like a GO Pro but better)








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    Ive been experimenting with metal arrow slides rather than the tip. Plastic ones and a variety of fish points.



    For the hog portion of the hunt Im falling back on a tried and tru Woodsman. Ie taken hogs and deer with them in the past with great results. All of these have passed through one species or another and have been re-honed and ready for service. With the adapter, they are 150 grain.

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    I use the innerlock grapple points for stingrays. They work great for that but I dont know how well they would penetrate a gator. Probably not well. But when fired from my hydrostryke pro at 65 pounds they bury deep and sometimes the whole way through a 40 pound stingray.

    From what I have been told you need a point that removed from the tip of the arrow once it goes into the gator. The arrow is purely sacrificial when shooting gators.

    Are you planning on using safety slides for the gators?
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    The first leg of the gator and hog hunt is under way. I need to acclimate to the environment in Florida. The week before departing WI we had temps with wind chills around -50F and 10 inches of snow last week so I thought it proper to slowly get used to the local conditions.







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    I have yet to get a Gator with my bow in FL but did I get this but I didn't have a tag for it so it was catch and release.
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    Stay Sharp good to see you back.Catch and Release is the
    name of the game,Unless you "catch" something that doesn't release!

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    Im back home after a week in sunny Florida. The trip was great. The weather was great (never saw a drop of rain)

    The trip was a great success. I was able to get an 11 footer. Lots of great meat. I'll have the hide tanned and do a euro mount of the skull and preserve the claws. We spent a lot of time glassing and doing spot and stalks on several gators. They have better eyes and ears than I thought. This potato, corn, bean and watermelon farm has a lot of free range, wild gators roaming the irrigation canals. We wore out a lot of boot leather and sun screen and bottles of water.

    We did a stalk on a large gator sunning himself in the pads, I got to within 10 yards directly above him, drew the 55 pound bow and unleashed a 1700 grain arrow which hit a scute (boney bump in rows down his back) and the arrow bounced off. I got zero penetration on that shot. Hitting a scute with a arrow, results in a pissed off gator and lots of splashing and nothing more.

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    Great injunuity and hunt!

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    I'M HUNGRY...FEED ME!
    Great Gator!!!

 

 
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