Yes, you read that headline right. A hunter from Minnesota shot an alligator on the opening day of the states deer rifle season, and just in case you are not sure that is not normal. Gators do not live that far north making it quite the odd hunting trip.
Cory Klocek posted about his strange hunting trip to Facebook. In the morning he was able to harvest a nice 10-point whitetail. As he was tracking his deer next to a pond he noticed a 3-foot alligator. He called the game warden to report it and was given permission to shoot it.
Cory found his buck and got a gator. I am going to guess that he is the only hunter in Minnesota history to achieve this sort of mixed bag. It is definitely something he will be talking about for a long time.
Well… this was a first for me… Great Minnesota gun opener… Odd Minnesota opener…. this morning I harvested a beautiful 10 point buck, this was my first ever deer with a shotgun, as I am usually a rifle hunter. As I’m walking around a pond, tracking my deer, I look down to see a 3-foot alligator 10 feet in front of me. After contacting the game warden, I was informed I could shoot it. No clue how it got there, or why. I’m guessing someone had it as a pet and released it when it got too big. Either way, only in 2020 can you go out to sit for deer gun season opener in Minnesota and shoot an alligator. I’m still at a loss of words lol. Legit speechless. The plan is to mount them together in a fun taxidermy piece.
This story my top the list as one of the strangest hunting stories of 2020. Cory is probably correct that someone had the gator as a pet and decided to dump the animal when it got too big to take care of.
This is one of the reasons that the Florida Everglades is covered with pythons. People release the snakes into the wild and now h they are wreaking havoc on the ecosystem. Obviously, this would not happen in Minnesota. The winter is too cold and the gator would have died anyway.
This is not the first time a southern reptile has been found in the Midwest. A few years back a huge python was found frozen in the Cuyahoga River in Ohio.
If you decide to get a reptile for a pet and you find you can not take care of it. Please do not release it into the wild. You are either sentencing it to death in the winter or helping destroy the ecosystem. There are plenty of reptile rescues that will help you take care of it.