Alligator season in Louisiana begins on the first Wednesday in September and lasts 30 days. In this time limit, many of the alligator hunters, following a tradition dating back 300 years, earn most of their yearly income in a high risk vocation dependent on experience and the whims of weather within strict regulation by wildlife laws. Hunters are each issued a certain number of tags that must be attached to their kills; once they “tag out” (run out of tags), their season is over, and they may no longer kill any more alligators for the rest of the season. During this 30 day window, some of these hunters earn most of their annual income culling alligators; therefore, the ultimate goal for the alligator hunters is to tag out before the season ends, with some tagging out in the final hours of the season, and some saving the last tag for their prize catch – the biggest and most-menacing alligator they can find. For seasoned hunters, alligator season is the most exciting—and dangerous—time of the year. (Wikipedia)
The hit show Swamp People on the History Channel features two Native Americans. RJ and J Paul Molinere are a father-son team of alligator hunters. Last year PowWows.com interviewed the pair in Oklahoma.
R.J. Molinere is a four-time arm wrestling world champion. He hunts alligators with his son Jay Paul. This season they are hunting on their tribal lands in Houma, Louisiana. Jay Paul Molinere is R.J.’s son, best friend and right-hand sharpshooter
PowWows.com was able to visit with RJ and J Paul during their recent visit to Columbia, SC. The two were the star attraction at the Palmetto Sportsmen Classic.