It’s a go! Gator season is here for Louisiana’s East Zone

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JEFFERSON PARISH, La. (WGNO) - Alligator hunters loaded up their boats and hit the water on a quest to catch enough gators to fill their tags, Wednesday.

Alligator season for the East Zone of Louisiana starts on the last Wednesday of August, according to the Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries website. The East Zone covers the Greater New Orleans Area, St. Tammany Parish, the River Parishes, and more. The West Zone’s season starts on the first Wednesday of September. Alligator season last 30 calendar days per zone.

Danny Woessner and his deckhand Anthony Verdin, Jr. have been hunting alligators for years. The duo went out Wednesday to check their lines in the Laffite area. The pair checked line-after-line and eventually struck green gold. A hungry gator was waiting under the water attached to their hook.

Anthony Verdin, Jr. said, "It's exciting every line that you get to it's always a new challenge. You don't know if you're going to have a baby or a monster. So it's kind of --  when you are pulling in that line it's just a hold on and hopefully you got a big one. And get ready for the fight."

The pair put the gator on the boat, tagged it, and went off to check the rest of their lines.

In the end, they were only able to fill one tag, but there’s a lot of time left in the season to finish the task.

"A lot of people shoot deer, shoot turkeys,” Danny Woessner, alligator hunter, said. “Alligators: It's not just your everyday hunt."

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