TheStump  wrote:    2010 Pearl Alligator Hunt summary


2010 - PEARL RIVER ZONE

ALLIGATOR HUNTING SEASON


A new record has been set for number of alligators harvest during a hunting season (132 total). The previous record (96) was at the Pearl Zone in 2009, which was hampered by less thatn ideal weather conditions and high water levels due to unusually heavy rainfall.



Below are totals and stats for the Pearl Zone 2010


Total Harvest = RUNTS - 92 / OVER 7 FOOTERS - 40
Average Length RUNTS - 5 feet 3 1/8 inches / OVER 7 FOOTERS - 9 feet 3 inches
Average weight RUNTS - 23.4 lbs / OVER 7 FOOTERS - 169 lbs

Week 1 Total Harvest RUNTS - 46 / OVER 7 FOOTERS - 22
Week 2 Total Harvest RUNTS - 46 / OVER 7 FOOTERS - 18

Week 1 Average Length RUNTS - 5 ft. 6 in. / OVER 7 FOOTERS - 9 ft. 6 in.
Week 2 Average Length RUNTS - 5 ft. 3/8 in. / OVER 7 FOOTERS - 9 ft. 1/8 in.








OTHER STATS
111 of 119 eligible hunters participated (93% participation)
51 hunters "tagged-out" (harvested 2 alligators)
8 of 59 did not harvest Week 1 (14%)
11 of 60 did not harvest Week 2 (18%)
19 of 119 did not harvest total (16%)
97 hunt nights Week 1 (70% success rate)
94 hunt nights Week 2 (68% success rate)
84% Overall Success Rate
AVERAGE CATCH PER HUNT NIGHT OF EFFORT = 0.69



HARVEST METHOD OF SUCCESSFUL HUNTERS (Percent USed)

Rod/Reel Snatch Hook 73%

Bowfishing Equipment 25%

Snarepole 1.5%

Harpoon 0.5%



ATTACHED PICS



This was the largest gator taken during the last night of the second weekend of the hunt.

11006 = hunting party of Allison Butler of Brandon loads their 10 foot 11 3/8 inch, 318.5 lb. alligator that was taken near the Cane Creek region of the Pearl River north of Hwy 43



11010 = (L-R) Mathew Weaver, David Bridges, Kevin Deister, and Allison Butler of Brandon, MS



11011 = same different angle



11014 = Allison Butler of Brandon, MS


This year was the second year to require hunters to first harvest a “Runt Gator” (4-7 feet long) prior to harvesting an alligator over 7 feet long. The purpose of the runt requirement is to increase harvest of juvenile alligators. 70% of harvested alligators were between 4-7 feet long. Out of 132 alligators harvested only 40 (30%) were over 7 feet long. Prior to 2009, juvenile alligators comprised less than 50% of the harvest. The “runt gator” requirement is achieving its purpose.

No injuries were reported.

Under 7 foot (RUNTS) Over 7 foot
Total Harvest 92 40
Average Length 5 feet 3 1/8 inches 9 feet 3 inches
Average weight 23.4 lbs 169 lbs

Week 1 Total Harvest 46 22
Week 2 Total Harvest 46 18

Week 1 Average Length 5 ft. 6 in. 9 ft. 6 in.
Week 2 Average Length 5 ft. 3/8 in. 9 ft. 1/8 in.


4 Previously tagged alligators were caught, 3 were harvested and 1 was released.

Yellow 434 + Radio tagged
HARVESTED Sept 11, 2010 - 11 ft 4 7/8 in Male
Originally captured May 3, 2010 and was 13.16 river miles near Coal Bluff State Park (7.6 straight line miles) from its original capture location
• The radio had been ripped-off the alligator (most likely a casualty of fighting)
• Since the alligator was harvested we located the transmitter 17.3 river miles near Lowhead Dam


Yellow 453 + Radio tagged
HARVESTED Sept 10, 2010 - 8 ft 5 4/8 in Female
• original captured August 27, 2010 and was harvested w/i 100 ft. of the original tagged location
• time between original capture and harvest 14 days


Orange 37
HARVESTED Sept. 11, 2010 - 8 ft 5 in Female
• originally captured on June 15, 2007 and was harvested 245 yards from its original capture location
• She had grown only 5 inches in 3.25 years.
 

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