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Gator mount?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Leroy22, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. Leroy22

    Leroy22 Member

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    is it leagle to own a 2-3 ft. full body gator mount in Florida? I do see lots of heads for sale at flea markets.
     
  2. Mike Powell

    Mike Powell Well-Known Member

    i believe so, but my opinion (or anybody else's) won't keep you from being fined if it is indeed illegal. Check with your state's fish and game department. They should have all the information spelled out for you and published on line.
     

  3. capnmike

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    The cites tag stays with the skin. If it has a cites tag in the tail it's legal to own or sell. When alligator farms process gators the skin gets sold then the meat then the head.
     
  4. Leroy22

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    doesn't have a tag so shouldn't buy it huh. not sure who mounted it, seems like its not a very old mount. really want it

    thanks for the advice
     
  5. capnmike

    capnmike New Member

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    No tag on tail, not legal
     
  6. Leroy22

    Leroy22 Member

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    thas I was thinking, so whats the deal with all the gator head that have been popping up at flea markets lately with no tags,? some vendors have many heads all sizes. im thinking farm raised but how and does that make a difference?
     
  7. capnmike

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    Heads don't have to have tags. Tags stay with the skins as that is where the value is. Guys will buy the heads from gator farms and soak them in phormaldehyde then put marbles in their eyes and sell them to tourist or whoever
     
  8. 3bears

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    I cannot answer the gator question but this may be similar, other critters that require a cities tag are required to have a tag attached until the skin is tanned.
     
  9. I cant speak for other states. SO CHECK!
    In Louisiana the tag must stay in place until the skin is processed. There definition of processed is once the tanning process starts. In its raw/salted/frozen state the tag better still be there. You CAN NOT cut the tag to skin the last small portion of tail, which creates a inconvenience. If the tag is cut before processed it is a illegal gator, In your possession. Gators here have to be inspected by the LWL&F. Since there is no local place for the hunter to do so. I have to call the LWL&F and they come to shop and do the inspection.
    Again check with them ask questions, cover your ass!
     
  10. stroh

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    Here is the number to call about alligators in fl..850-488-3831. Ask for Harry Dutton or Steve Stiegler. They are in charge of the alligator program