Sites 125, 127, 129, 131 and 133 were water sites. 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. 1994). You won't see a lot of alligators on Choke Canyon but the alligators that you do see are relatively large.". Posts: 106. Alligator attacks are uncommon but they still happen (Florida has had 24 fatal attacks in 60 years). "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. 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. The 14-foot, 3-inch, 800-pound gator Braxton took on a hook-and-line set is the heaviest alligator TPWD has certified. "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. This is the first year we've had to enter him as an adult and we got drawn.". 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. "We went through a two-hour orientation and it was very thorough," Braxton recalled. 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. U. 1 of 4. 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. 2015 SAFWA Population Dynamics of Alligator Gar in Texas Reservoir Binion et al. 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. "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." 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. An incredible alligator story was shared with me by Kathy (@pixichix) of a day on Choke Canyon … "A large alligator in Choke Canyon is not unusual but expected. 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. 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. Choke Canyon State Park: Yikes look out for the alligators. 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. Murphree WMA, but I didn't get the permit in on time. I was out there Wednesday and we had one swim right at the boat. 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. Living in Fort Bend County, Troy and his son routinely saw alligators while jogging but being able to judge their size was tough. Give them space and worry about the fish.FYI according to google alligators … 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. Fishing effort was not recorded in years 2008–2010. 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. 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. With Stephen Collins, Janet Julian, Bo Svenson, Lance Henriksen. The tents sites at 75 Acre Lake were lake sites with daily visits by a large alligator. Directed by Charles Bail. Momma said alligators are so angry because they got all dem teeth but no toothbrush. (Photo courtesy TPWD). Outdoorsman. "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 Bielskis set up camp with a friend, and baited an area in Choke Canyon Reservoir with raw chicken. 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. "My dad did a lot of research online about alligator hunting and we asked a lot of questions.". 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. "I tell them to have a strategy in place because they may have to haul a big one out. A truly gargantuan alligator was just captured at Champion Lake in Texas this week and is being relocated to a new home (not killed). Exploitation. https://blog.chron.com › ... › 2013 › 05 › more-on-huge-choke-canyon-alligator Browse previous blog posts by month and year of entry. Unlike the alligator populations along their core range in southeast Texas, these creatures are left alone to live to a ripe old age. 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. 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. All occurred in the Southeast, where alligators are endemic to wetlands and tidal marshes 2020s. Related Posts: Buc-ee’s wins in court; Beaver v alligator… Choke canyon / alligators/kayaking #13050877 02/03/19 05:28 PM: Joined: Jan 2012. 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. 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. 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. 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’. Date: 12 February 2010: Source: Found Fishing At Choke Canyon State Park: Author: Lionelmayne: Licensing . You'll see all the posts for that time period. 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. Turns out we had four gators taken that morning; it was wild. piece this past Sunday on a huge alligator taken May 7 from Choke Canyon Reservoir. We stayed in site 106 with water and electric. Brent says yes. 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. 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. A Texas teen bagged the biggest alligator ever caught in the state during his first hunt. Female gators seldom grow to more than 10 feet. 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. "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. Author's note: One of my first blogs for Outdoor Life detailed my jug fishing trip to Choke Canyon … "If we had just caught the one, I would have been happy for Brax," said Troy. usmcgruntd.co. They weren't the only ones having a successful first day. The 14-foot, 3-inch alligator Braxton Bielski took from Choke Canyon Reservoir hangs from a tractor at the James Daughtrey WMA. 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 14-footer is estimated to be between 30-50 years old, according to TPWD alligator program leader Amos Cooper. "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. I wish them the best of luck in their non-animal-logo future. This year, TPWD offered 165 alligator permits through its public hunting program, with hunts conducted on five of the agency’s WMAs. Hitting or kicking the alligator, or poking it in its eyes may cause it to release its grip. 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. Murphree). My husband and I spent one night in Choke Canyon State Park. We left the cove though. 249k members in the texas community. The Bielskis did a good job.". 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. All the hunters participating in the hunt had landed gators, which proved equally challenging for the WMA staff. - See 62 traveler reviews, 131 candid photos, and great deals for Three Rivers, TX, at Tripadvisor. 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. Choke Canyon has a reputation for holding some big old gators. The state record 14-footer was killed there. Alligators are not particularly dangerous, but they still pose a risk. I duck hunt Choke and camp in my boat and on the bank, never had a problem. 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. Joined: Jan 2012. 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 has a larger size class than other areas because they have just began to hunt the area," said Cooper. The gator measured over 13-feet-8.5-inches in length and weighed in at over 900 pounds. English: Alligator Found At Choke Canyon State Park. It was the first TPWD public hunt in which the pair had participated, and they’d never hunted gators. Braxton Bielski, an 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. This season TPWD processed 998 applications for 2,340 hopeful applicants in the alligator hunt category. News, events, and general noise related to the great state of Texas! 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. He was big, 12 feet maybe. And the Choke Canyon gators are pretty bold and very active. Outdoorsman. Are there any larger alligator gar out there? It was a quite site and had slight view of the lake. When alligators seize prey they cannot easily overpower, they will often let go and retreat. 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. The coveted permit provides the only opportunity to hunt and harvest an alligator on Choke Canyon Reservoir, situated within the Daughtrey WMA boundary. Re: Choke Canyon Gator Update [ Re: SAWYER ] #6191128 05/16/11 10:13 PM Joined: Jan 2003 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. 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. This is a list of fatal alligator attacks in the United States in reverse chronological order by decade. Choke Canyon is another matter. 800 pounds of chomp. Alligator attacks deer in Glen Rose, TX at Squaw Creek Reservoir. The sites inside the circle were more crowded than the other sites. 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. I remember Brax was very disappointed. OP. (Photo courtesy of TPWD). A "cowboy"-scientist is fighting a corporation who wants to dump atomic waste on … We knew this gator was big and wanted to be sure we set the bait high enough out of the water.". 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. Posts: 106. "He's the reason I was there.". U. usmcgruntd.co OP. Total length distribution of alligator gar collected in Choke Canyon Reser-voir, Texas, adjusted for gear selectivity. 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