Pike County trio hunts, dispatches alligator

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As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Zapata said he was using an eight-foot, deep-sea fishing rod with a 100-pound test line and a 12/0 hook.“What you do is throw the line over the gator and snatch the hook into it,” he said. “I got mine in and Tray threw his line, snatched and hooked. The gator put up a good fight and it took about 20 minutes or more for us to get it up to the boat where we could get a noose, a 1,000-pound steel cable, around its mouth. After that, I dispatched it.”The seven-foot, 150-pound gator was covered with mud and moss and, more than likely, its share of bacteria from the river water.“We took it to a car wash and brushed and cleaned it for the ride home,” Zapata said, with a smile. “We iced it down and took it to Eufaula to a man that processes gators. He’s had quite a few this year, one a 13-footer and another was 12 feet. So, it’s been a good gator season. I think that next year, more tags will be issued and the season extended because there are a lot of gators out there and they are a challenge to hunt.”Zapata said gator hunting is good on the backwaters and creeks of Alabama.“Down around the Yellow River, it’s slap full of gators,” he said.“Outside of man, gators don’t have any predators, expect when they’re young. Gators breed once year and will lay about 30 eggs. The mother gator will put the eggs in sand to keep them warm and cover them with sand and moss. The eggs will hatch by themselves. Fish, cranes and turtles will eat the gators when they are small but, when they get any size, nothing wants to have anything to do with them.”Zapata said once the season is extended and more tags are issued, he thinks interest in gator hunting will increase.“Alligator is good meat,” he said. “It tastes like chicken and you can fix it a lot of ways. You can substitute gator for any recipe that calls for chicken.Contrary to what some might think, Zapata said the tail is not the only gator meat.“Actually, you can eat the legs, ribs, neck and there’s good tenderloin down the back,” he said.“I’m going to fry mine. And, I’ll have the hide tanned for a wallet or purse. I’ll probably have the head mounted. That gator had a good set of teeth. Nothing goes to waste on a gator.” Pike County trio hunts, dispatches alligator Skip Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Zapata wasn’t lucky enough but his fiancée, Sandy Deal, was and that was all the luck he needed.“The person with the tag is required to be on the hunt,” Zapata said, laughing. “I got to go along on Sandy’s tag. I attended gator school with her.”A friend, Tray Dansby, hunts with Zapata and was along Friday night for the gator hunt on the Conecuh River.“We had been to Eufaula the weekend before and saw about 30 gators but didn’t get one,” Zapata said. “But Friday night, we saw a gator after only about five minutes in the water. It was under a tree and I shot it with my bow and arrow but its skin was so tough that the arrow didn’t penetrate. But that unnerved it and it struck out. We chased it for more than two hours before I got a line on it.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like Katrina evacuees ‘started from scratch’ in Troy Five years ago, the warnings came of the impending hurricane called Katrina. During the 60 years they had lived in… read more When the Alabama Department of Game and Fish instituted “gator season” in 2008, Zapata was in the hunt for a gator tag but it wasn’t until this gator season that he had an opportunity to gator hunt.“The first year of gator season, the state issued 40 gator tags and the ‘season’ was only three days,” said Zapata of Brundidge. “Last year, 80 tags were issued and the season was extended to 10 days. This year, 120 tags were issued and the season ran from Aug. 13 to Aug. 29.“To be eligible for the ‘lottery’ you have to apply between the June and July dates and pay a six-dollar fee. Then they draw out the names and, if you are lucky enough, to have your name drawn, you still have to go to gator school and graduate to get the tag.” Crocodile Dundee’s got nothing on Alligator D.Z.With a little help from his fiancée and a friend, Danny Zapata “wrestled” a gator out of the waters of the Conecuh River and, after nearly three hours, dispatched it. The gator’s been processed and a gator party is in the works for Labor Day weekend.Zapata makes no bones about it, pulling a gator in the boat was about as exciting as anything he’s done on the water and Zapata is quite an experienced outdoorsman. He’s hung trophy fish, snagged snapping turtles, gigged frogs and even caught a “cat” that was so big it had a baby gator in its belly. But the one thing that he wanted to do was “catch a gator.”last_img read more

Ohio Thunder Sprint Series brings IMCA, RaceSaver to the Buckeye State

first_imgFRANKFORT, Ohio – Fourteen point races are on the initial schedule for the inaugural Ohio Thun­der IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Series. Atomic Speedway at Waverly hosts April 18, May 2 and 16, July 31, Aug. 1 and Oct. 3 events. Jackson County Speedway at Jackson is the site of April 17 and 24, May 8 and 15, June 5 and 19, July 24 and Aug. 21 races. Sponsored locally by Southern Ohio Equipment Company of Frankfort, the Ohio Thunder Series is the first RaceSaver series in Ohio. “RaceSaver keeps everything on a level playing field. You don’t have to spend $50,000 on an engine to be competitive,” Series Director Andy Hill said. “The rules are clear and don’t have any gray areas.” Encouraged by attendance at a meeting held late last year for potential drivers, Hill expects to start the series with 10-15 cars. “We’ll have drivers new to Sprint Cars and we’ll have others who have raced 410’s before,” he explained. “We like the backing we’ll get from IMCA, we like the point funds and we appreciate the help we’ve gotten getting this series started.” A second drivers’ meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Jackson County Speedway owner Chris Smalley’s shop, located at 13706 US Route 23 in Waverly. The last IMCA-sanctioned Sprint Car event held in the Buck­eye State was in 1970. Test and tune sessions are March 14 at Atomic and April 4 and 11 at Jackson. IMCA RaceSaver Sprints are part of Atomic’s Open Wheel Championship special on May 2. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded for the first 13 Ohio Thunder Series events; special series points only would be given for the Oct. 3 race.More information is available at the Ohio Thunder IMCA RaceSaver page on Facebook. The series website address will be www.ohiothunder.com.last_img read more

Nigeria on Verge of Qualifying for ITTF World Junior Championship

first_imgNot ready to give the host nation any breathing space, Abayomi Animashaun who despite his age has challenged some of the top players in the competition started well against Salim Amokrane with a 2-0 lead but motivation from the fans boosted the confidence of the Algerian teenager who won the third game. In order to avert a comeback, Animasahun did not look back in the fourth game to end the encounter at 3-1 to give Nigeria an emphatic 3-0 win.With this win, Nigeria has joined the trio of Tunisia, Egypt and Congo Brazzaville in the semifinal stage of the championship.For the semifinal pairing, Nigeria will battle against Tunisia while Egypt will face Congo Brazzaville for places in the final.The girls’ team made up of Ajoke Ojomu, Esther Oribamise and Nimota Aregbesola had to dig deep to overcome their Tunisian counterparts 3-2 to berth in the last four of the tournament.For the semifinal pairing which will determine the eventual qualification for the World Junior Championship, Nigeria girls will battle the home team – Algeria for a place in the final.A confident Animashaun said they cannot afford to miss out from the bigger event holding on Africa soil in November.“We were never considered as favourite to qualify because we could not come to the 2015 edition held in Mauritius and we were not seeded for the tournament but we knew we had a battle to fight in Algiers.“In the group match against Egypt we fought well but we lost 3-1 and we finished second in the group. After knowing that we were going to face Algeria, we talked to ourselves that we should not be intimidated by the crowd and this was what really worked for us.Now, we are just a match away from qualifying for the World Junior Championship and we are not going to relax and take each match as they come. The Tunisians are nit pushovers and we will ensure our coming to Algiers is fruitful,” the assistant captain of the team said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s junior boys and girls’ teams are one match away respectively of securing their places in the 2016 ITTF World Junior Championship after beating host – Algeria in the quarterfinal match of the team event at the ongoing ITTF African Junior & Cadet Championship in Algiers.In the boys quarterfinal tie, the trio of Amadi Omeh, Azeez Solanke and Abayomi Animashaun were not intimidated by the home crowd in their 3-0 bashing of Algeria.The match which served as the decider to determine the team that will qualify for the semifinal round of the competition became a one-sided encounter with Nigeria dominating from the start to the end.It was Amadi Omeh who started the rout with 3-0 pounding of Algeria’s Islem Tifoura while Azeez Solanke increased the lead to 2-0 with another 3-0 pummeling of Omar Annane.last_img read more

Sportech pushes forward on its ‘America First’ growth strategy

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Andrew GaughanThe governance of London-listed betting and racing systems provider, Sportech Plc, has detailed that it will prioritise expanding its US commercial pipeline and stateside projects as the firm’s principal objectives for 2018 trading.Updating investors at Sportech’s Annual General Meeting (AGM), Group Chief Executive Andrew Gaughan detailed 2018 corporate priorities.Having an established presence within 37 US states, Sportech governance welcomes the repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate. Looking forward, the racing systems provider believes that Connecticut, where it operates a network of off-track betting facilities, will likely be an early adopter of state-licensed sports betting.Highlighting the vast potential of the US betting market, Gaughan points to May’s Kentucky Derby which was a great success for Sportech systems.“Sportech technology effectively processing approximately 93 million transactions through 280 North American locations on behalf of end-user customers. We recorded record turnover, with total handle up 4 percent on last year with internet wagering leading the growth, while food and beverage sales delivered solid gains on the previous year.  We are now looking forward to heightened interest in the Belmont Stakes on 9 June 2018 due to the potential for a triple crown winner.”Beyond racing systems, Gaughan details that in-stadia lottery product Bump 50:50 continues its strong commercial momentum, adding a ‘further seven professional sports teams; its first PGA tour event, and three NASCAR race tracks to its roster this year’.Prioritising US growth above all other corporate components, Sportech governance has moved to migrate its leadership to a new Toronto HQ.This May, Sportech confirmed the appointment of US sports finance and funding expert Thomas Hearne as new CFO.In 2018, the London-listed enterprise continues to offload its European properties as it pursues its ‘America first strategy’. Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020last_img read more