Hunters take to the swamp for alligator season
HOUMA - Wednesday officially marked the first day of alligator hunting season in Louisiana.
A couple from West Virginia took a shot at the season with gator hunter Chris Gomez. He runs Alligator Hunt LA, which takes people out to experience life in the swamp.
"It's great. It's exciting... and then it becomes work again. It's hard work to get out there and get these gators in the boat," Gomez said.
West Virginian Paul Rippetoe and his wife made the trip to Houma to hunt gators on the season's first day. Rippetoe even got the chance to shoot his first gator.
"It was an adrenaline rush... it was pretty good. It gave me goosebumps, the whole effect. It was nice," he said.
Gomez says he's given gator hunting tours to out-of-towners from Ukraine, Canada, Australia and Scotland.
"It's fun for me, and it's not over yet. We got back here today and we'll do a few more things. The southern hospitality comes out in us every time and we typically hear good feedback," he said.
Gomez plans to run hunting tours for the next three weeks until he fills his tags. Hunters have the next 30 days to fill out their tags before the season is over.