Posted: Aug 31, 2011 6:03 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Aug 31, 2011 6:41 PM
SPRINGFIELD - Dozens of alligator hunters made their way into the swamps to start their search for gators as the 30-day hunting season began today.
Hunting alligators was outlawed in 1962 to help re-population efforts, but reinstated in 1981 to control the growing numbers.
"The program is a huge success, we'll harvest in the state of Louisiana 36,000 alligators, at least that many tags will be issued, that's unusual in the sense that 30 years ago you couldn't see a wild alligator, certainly not in this part of the country," said Wayne Glascock, who's hunted a stretch of the Amite river for the past two decades.
The season got some unanticipated hype following the History Channel's "Swamp People," which follows local gator hunters on their runs. It's why Glascock thinks the price of meat across the country is on the rise.
"This year, I understand the meat is worth as much as the skin," said Glascock.
He nabbed 13 alligators in just about two hours, worth an estimated $1,200.