All the hunters participating in the hunt had landed gators, which proved equally challenging for the WMA staff. "My dad did a lot of research online about alligator hunting and we asked a lot of questions.". Choke Canyon has a reputation for holding some big old gators. This season TPWD processed 998 applications for 2,340 hopeful applicants in the alligator hunt category. 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. 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. "We went through a two-hour orientation and it was very thorough," Braxton recalled. Murphree WMA, but I didn't get the permit in on time. Total length distribution of alligator gar collected in Choke Canyon Reser-voir, Texas, adjusted for gear selectivity. News, events, and general noise related to the great state of Texas! 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. Browse previous blog posts by month and year of entry. The Bielskis did a good job.". https://blog.chron.com › ... › 2013 › 05 › more-on-huge-choke-canyon-alligator The Bielskis set up camp with a friend, and baited an area in Choke Canyon Reservoir with raw chicken. usmcgruntd.co. 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. With Stephen Collins, Janet Julian, Bo Svenson, Lance Henriksen. 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. 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. Hitting or kicking the alligator, or poking it in its eyes may cause it to release its grip. You won't see a lot of alligators on Choke Canyon but the alligators that you do see are relatively large.". My husband and I spent one night in Choke Canyon State Park. Fishing effort was not recorded in years 2008–2010. Braxton chose one of the lines as his set; the other would be his dad's. "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. Author's note: One of my first blogs for Outdoor Life detailed my jug fishing trip to Choke Canyon … 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. Unlike the alligator populations along their core range in southeast Texas, these creatures are left alone to live to a ripe old age. The tents sites at 75 Acre Lake were lake sites with daily visits by a large alligator. I was out there Wednesday and we had one swim right at the boat. He was big, 12 feet maybe. Choke Canyon is another matter. Give them space and worry about the fish.FYI according to google alligators … 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. 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. We knew this gator was big and wanted to be sure we set the bait high enough out of the water.". "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. U. usmcgruntd.co OP. Momma said alligators are so angry because they got all dem teeth but no toothbrush. 249k members in the texas community. During the hunt, Troy Bielski also took a huge alligator – a 10-foot, 6-inch female. Choke Canyon has a reputation for holding some big old gators. 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. "A large alligator in Choke Canyon is not unusual but expected. "If we had just caught the one, I would have been happy for Brax," said Troy. Outdoorsman. 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. Brent says yes. piece this past Sunday on a huge alligator taken May 7 from Choke Canyon Reservoir. The state record 14-footer was killed there. Turns out we had four gators taken that morning; it was wild. Directed by Charles Bail. We left the cove though. Alligators are not particularly dangerous, but they still pose a risk. Posts: 106. U. Joined: Jan 2012. 1 of 4. 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. Advertisement Braxton Bielski, 18, shot and killed the 800-pound beast in Choke Canyon State Park last week. We stayed in site 106 with water and electric. When alligators seize prey they cannot easily overpower, they will often let go and retreat. 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 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. The gator measured over 13-feet-8.5-inches in length and weighed in at over 900 pounds. 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. A "cowboy"-scientist is fighting a corporation who wants to dump atomic waste on … It was the first TPWD public hunt in which the pair had participated, and they’d never hunted gators. The 14-foot, 3-inch alligator Braxton Bielski took from Choke Canyon Reservoir hangs from a tractor at the James Daughtrey WMA. Sites 125, 127, 129, 131 and 133 were water sites. 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. Outdoorsman. "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. "Choke Canyon has a larger size class than other areas because they have just began to hunt the area," said Cooper. - See 62 traveler reviews, 131 candid photos, and great deals for Three Rivers, TX, at Tripadvisor. They weren't the only ones having a successful first day. And the Choke Canyon gators are pretty bold and very active. "I've seen several fish out on the lake bigger than this one and I have friends over at Choke Canyon Lake that have seen bigger ones there too." The coveted permit provides the only opportunity to hunt and harvest an alligator on Choke Canyon Reservoir, situated within the Daughtrey WMA boundary. You'll see all the posts for that time period. 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. 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. 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. 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. Braxton Bielski, an (Photo courtesy TPWD). 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. Alligator attacks deer in Glen Rose, TX at Squaw Creek Reservoir. Living in Fort Bend County, Troy and his son routinely saw alligators while jogging but being able to judge their size was tough. Choke Canyon State Park: Yikes look out for the alligators. Notifications can be turned off anytime in the browser settings. "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. 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. An incredible alligator story was shared with me by Kathy (@pixichix) of a day on Choke Canyon … 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 14-footer is estimated to be between 30-50 years old, according to TPWD alligator program leader Amos Cooper. Choke canyon / alligators/kayaking #13050877 02/03/19 05:28 PM: Joined: Jan 2012. Are there any larger alligator gar out there? 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. 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. Posts: 106. 1994). A truly gargantuan alligator was just captured at Champion Lake in Texas this week and is being relocated to a new home (not killed). 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 WMA staff did a really good job of explaining what we needed to do. 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. 800 pounds of chomp. 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. 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. The 14-foot, 3-inch, 800-pound gator Braxton took on a hook-and-line set is the heaviest alligator TPWD has certified. "I had no idea," he noted. (Photo courtesy of TPWD). 59 the ratios approach (Pollock et al. OP. I remember Brax was very disappointed. Re: Choke Canyon Gator Update [ Re: SAWYER ] #6191128 05/16/11 10:13 PM Joined: Jan 2003 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. "I tell them to have a strategy in place because they may have to haul a big one out. Murphree). Braxton Bielski, an, 5,500 vaccines arrive in Nueces County, mega clinic scheduled for Tuesday at Richard Borchard Fairgrounds, Vets' Senterfitt and Eagles presented "Golden Pigskin" for Blitz Play of the Year, Tuesday: Mild with a blend of sun and clouds, Alan Holt KIII South Texas Weather Forecast 01-26-2021, Veterans Memorial baseball opens 2021 season ranked #1, McConnell backs off Senate filibuster fight with Schumer. The sites inside the circle were more crowded than the other sites. I wish them the best of luck in their non-animal-logo future. More than 2,000 people – 2,340, to be exact – applied for those permits. 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. 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. Date: 12 February 2010: Source: Found Fishing At Choke Canyon State Park: Author: Lionelmayne: Licensing . This is the first year we've had to enter him as an adult and we got drawn.". 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. Exploitation. Related Posts: Buc-ee’s wins in court; Beaver v alligator… 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. English: Alligator Found At Choke Canyon State Park. It was filmed mostly in the vicinity of Moab, Utah Plot. Female gators seldom grow to more than 10 feet. 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. 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. This year, TPWD offered 165 alligator permits through its public hunting program, with hunts conducted on five of the agency’s WMAs. I duck hunt Choke and camp in my boat and on the bank, never had a problem. 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. 2015 SAFWA Population Dynamics of Alligator Gar in Texas Reservoir Binion et al. 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