"We didn't pressure it, but while we were putting up our cane poles we could see it watching us 30 yards away," said Braxton. Total length distribution of alligator gar collected in Choke Canyon Reser-voir, Texas, adjusted for gear selectivity. Re: Choke canyon / alligators/kayaking - 02/09/19 11:13 PM Here's 2 residents of Choke we found near the Hwy 99 bridge last year. Female gators seldom grow to more than 10 feet. Unlike the alligator populations along their core range in southeast Texas, these creatures are left alone to live to a ripe old age. A young hunter who grew up with a fascination about dinosaurs and a dream of hunting what some call "living dinosaurs" has harvested the largest alligator ever certified in Texas. Murphree). And the Choke Canyon gators are pretty bold and very active. usmcgruntd.co. Alligator attacks are rare in Texas, but in the wake of another attack in Florida in which a 2-year-old boy was dragged into a lagoon at a Disney hotel near Orlando, it’s a good time to urge caution and understanding about the reptiles, especially during breeding season. Prior to Bielski taking the 14-3, the largest alligator taken from the reservoir measured 13 feet, 8 inches, with two others measuring 13 feet of more. Momma said alligators are so angry because they got all dem teeth but no toothbrush. 249k members in the texas community. The Bielskis set up camp with a friend, and baited an area in Choke Canyon Reservoir with raw chicken. This year, TPWD offered 165 alligator permits through its public hunting program, with hunts conducted on five of the agency’s WMAs. TPWD wildlife biologist Chris Mostyn of the James Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area kneels beside the 14-foot, 3-inch, 800-pound alligator taken from Choke Canyon Reservoir. The Bielskis did a good job.". But it is not the longest gator taken in Texas; that record belongs to a pair of 14-foot, 4-inch gators, one from Jackson County and the other from Calhoun County. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. Related Posts: Buc-ee’s wins in court; Beaver v alligator… 2015 SAFWA Population Dynamics of Alligator Gar in Texas Reservoir Binion et al. Exploitation. Directed by Charles Bail. Prior to my kayak fishing trips to Choke Canyon, I spoke to anyone who would listen and answer my questions about the big gators that make Choke Canyon their home. "We only have 5-10 hunters out during these drawn hunts and most of them are new to alligator hunting so I try to stay in close touch with them," said Daughtrey WMA area manager Chris Mostyn. "My dad did a lot of research online about alligator hunting and we asked a lot of questions.". The TPWD-run public hunts, which offer the only opportunities to legally take alligators from Choke Canyon, has produced several huge alligators over the five years the hunts have been held. Alligator attacks deer in Glen Rose, TX at Squaw Creek Reservoir. Choke Canyon has a reputation for holding some big old gators. - See 62 traveler reviews, 131 candid photos, and great deals for Three Rivers, TX, at Tripadvisor. When alligators seize prey they cannot easily overpower, they will often let go and retreat. "A large alligator in Choke Canyon is not unusual but expected. Give them space and worry about the fish.FYI according to google alligators … "We got selected one year to go on a youth hunt at the J.D. "The WMA staff did a really good job of explaining what we needed to do. Choke Canyon (titled On Dangerous Ground outside the United States) is a 1986 movie starring Stephen Collins as a "cowboy scientist" trying to develop an alternative energy source. Browse previous blog posts by month and year of entry. Author's note: One of my first blogs for Outdoor Life detailed my jug fishing trip to Choke Canyon … Braxton Bielski, an "He's wanted to hunt alligators for years," said Troy, a Houston police officer who has applied annually to TPWD's special drawing hunts for the chance to fulfill his son's dream. It was filmed mostly in the vicinity of Moab, Utah Plot. "He's the reason I was there.". Are there any larger alligator gar out there? A "cowboy"-scientist is fighting a corporation who wants to dump atomic waste on … Each year, TPWD's public hunting program provides access to some of the state's high-quality managed wildlife habitat to about 5,500 hunters selected through random computer drawings. Choke Canyon State Park: Yikes look out for the alligators. Sites 125, 127, 129, 131 and 133 were water sites. Brent says yes. 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Here’s a little more information on that gator, the Houston-area hunter who took it and a couple of photos of the big reptile: The 14-foot, 3-inch, 800-pound male gator was taken by 18-year-old Braxton Bielski of Cinco Ranch who was hunting with his father, Troy. "Choke Canyon has a larger size class than other areas because they have just began to hunt the area," said Cooper. They weren't the only ones having a successful first day. Re: Choke Canyon Gator Update [ Re: SAWYER ] #6191128 05/16/11 10:13 PM Joined: Jan 2003 "If we had just caught the one, I would have been happy for Brax," said Troy. Through an application process, hunters select from 29 different hunt categories, including eight specifically for youth only, and choose a preferred hunt date and location from hunt areas stretching across the state. Because alligator hunting in Texas is conservatively managed, most hunters selected for these public hunts are first-timers and many have never seen an alligator in the wild. It was a quite site and had slight view of the lake. I remember Brax was very disappointed. Braxton chose one of the lines as his set; the other would be his dad's. "I had no idea," he noted. News, events, and general noise related to the great state of Texas! (Photo courtesy of TPWD). Alligator attacks are uncommon but they still happen (Florida has had 24 fatal attacks in 60 years). Murphree WMA, but I didn't get the permit in on time. More than 2,000 people – 2,340, to be exact – applied for those permits. You won't see a lot of alligators on Choke Canyon but the alligators that you do see are relatively large.". The state record 14-footer was killed there. The 14-foot, 3-inch alligator Braxton Bielski took from Choke Canyon Reservoir hangs from a tractor at the James Daughtrey WMA. "I tell them to have a strategy in place because they may have to haul a big one out. Braxton Bielski, 18, hooked and shot a record-breaking 800-pound alligator in Texas's Choke Canyon State Park.Braxton's father, Troy, scored one of 10 available 5-day alligator hunting permits for the Daughtry Wildlife Management area. The guy doing the happy dance was fairly aggressive -- ran us out of a creek mouth, then followed us for about 10 minutes before giving us the happy dance display. Wildlife management areas, state parks and leased private property are available for these supervised hunts for a variety of game, including: white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn, javelina, alligator, exotics, feral hog and spring turkey. https://blog.chron.com › ... › 2013 › 05 › more-on-huge-choke-canyon-alligator Choke Canyon had been planning to appeal, based on some evidence the judge didn’t allow and other factors, but in the end decided this was the better way to go. Outdoorsman. The tents sites at 75 Acre Lake were lake sites with daily visits by a large alligator. Hitting or kicking the alligator, or poking it in its eyes may cause it to release its grip. Alligators are not particularly dangerous, but they still pose a risk. With Stephen Collins, Janet Julian, Bo Svenson, Lance Henriksen. At one point, the pair observed what they believed to be a large gator in a cove and decided to place their baited lines nearby. Braxton Bielski, an 18-year-old high school senior on his first alligator hunt, bagged the behemoth 800-pound, 14-foot, 3-inch gator during a recent public hunt on the James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area. 800 pounds of chomp. Daniel Uriegas told mySA.com he and his friend Mark Sanmiguel caught a 6-foot-5-inch alligator gar on Aug. 31 at Choke Canyon, which is a reservoir about 88 miles south of San Antonio. Choke Canyon is another matter. Joined: Jan 2012. We stayed in site 106 with water and electric. All the hunters participating in the hunt had landed gators, which proved equally challenging for the WMA staff. Braxton and his father, Troy Bielski, were among 481 applicants vying for 10 alligator permits issued through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's public hunting program for a five-day hunt at the Daughtrey WMA. English: Alligator Found At Choke Canyon State Park. Troy said he knew some about the area they would be hunting, having done some bass fishing on Choke Canyon years ago, but with current low water levels, the landscape was completely different from what he remembered. When the two hunters returned the next morning, they realized they had their work cut out as both lines were down indicating they had two alligators hooked. Living in Fort Bend County, Troy and his son routinely saw alligators while jogging but being able to judge their size was tough. Posts: 106. Date: 12 February 2010: Source: Found Fishing At Choke Canyon State Park: Author: Lionelmayne: Licensing . Choke Canyon has a reputation for holding some big old gators. The coveted permit provides the only opportunity to hunt and harvest an alligator on Choke Canyon Reservoir, situated within the Daughtrey WMA boundary. Troy's gator turned out to be a huge female measuring 10 ½ feet long, which, as it turned out was dwarfed by his son's catch. A young hunter who grew up with a fascination about dinosaurs and a dream of hunting what some call "living dinosaurs" has harvested the largest alligator ever certified in Texas. Advertisement Braxton Bielski, 18, shot and killed the 800-pound beast in Choke Canyon State Park last week. U. usmcgruntd.co OP. My husband and I spent one night in Choke Canyon State Park. This is the largest alligator ever captured in the state of Texas by more than 5 inches, a new state record, and the gator is now aptly being named ‘Big Tex’. A Texas teen bagged the biggest alligator ever caught in the state during his first hunt. An incredible alligator story was shared with me by Kathy (@pixichix) of a day on Choke Canyon … A young hunter who grew up with a fascination about dinosaurs and a dream of hunting what some call "living dinosaurs" has harvested the largest alligator ever certified in Texas. 1 of 4. Outdoorsman. U. You'll see all the posts for that time period. We knew this gator was big and wanted to be sure we set the bait high enough out of the water.". Braxton Bielski caught the record 800-pound alligator using raw chicken as bait during a special state hunt on the Choke Canyon Reservoir, 90 miles south of San Antonio. "We spent a lot of time scouting some of the pastures in the compartment we were assigned, looking for likely spots to set our lines," said Troy. piece this past Sunday on a huge alligator taken May 7 from Choke Canyon Reservoir. The department offered 165 permits to go alligator hunting on five WMAs (Angelina Neches/Dam B, James Daughtrey, Guadalupe Delta, Mad Island, and J.D. This is the first year we've had to enter him as an adult and we got drawn.". For that reason, TPWD biologists go through an intensive orientation process and provide greater guidance than they would for more common hunts, like for deer or waterfowl. The only alligator-related fatality I know of there is when the wind blew a guy's inflatable alligator away, and he drowned trying to get it back. In the five years TPWD has hunted gators on the Daughtrey WMA, several huge specimens have been harvested, including two in 2011 measuring over 13-feet and another in that size class last year. During the hunt, Troy Bielski also took a huge alligator – a 10-foot, 6-inch female. I wish them the best of luck in their non-animal-logo future. Turns out we had four gators taken that morning; it was wild. There's even a provision for hunting buddies to apply as a group — in some cases up to four hunters can apply together on one application. Fishing effort was not recorded in years 2008–2010. A truly gargantuan alligator was just captured at Champion Lake in Texas this week and is being relocated to a new home (not killed). A hook and line set baited with raw meat is used to catch the alligator; only after it has been hooked can a gator be dispatched at close range with a firearm. We left the cove though. "We went through a two-hour orientation and it was very thorough," Braxton recalled. I had a piece this past Sunday on a huge alligator taken May 7 from Choke Canyon Reservoir during a public hunt on the James Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area, and the surprising number of alligators in parts of South Texas. (Photo courtesy TPWD). The pair had been selected to receive two of the 10 alligator permits TPWD issued through a drawing of 481 applications for those permits and the five-day hunt on the state WMA adjacent to the 26,000-acre reservoir near Three Rivers in McMullen and Live Oaks counties. Posts: 106. A 14-footer is estimated to be between 30-50 years old, according to TPWD alligator program leader Amos Cooper. Florida wildlife officials recently said they expect to receive 10,000-15,000 applications for the 5,000 $272 alligator tags they will issue for that state’s 2013 alligator season. The sites inside the circle were more crowded than the other sites. This is a list of fatal alligator attacks in the United States in reverse chronological order by decade. Choke canyon / alligators/kayaking #13050877 02/03/19 05:28 PM: Joined: Jan 2012. 59 the ratios approach (Pollock et al. The popularity “Swamp People,” a television program on the History Channel centered around commercial alligator hunters has triggered a surge of interest in alligator hunting. All occurred in the Southeast, where alligators are endemic to wetlands and tidal marshes 2020s. 1994). I was out there Wednesday and we had one swim right at the boat. 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