Just got off the phone with Russ while he had a running fish hooked.
According to him, his out of pocket cost was the $22.00, which is supposedly good for one gator within the state and also paid the additional $272.00 for those additional counties to get in the draw. He'll find out in another day or two if he gets in any of those. My cost as a helper/assistant will be $62.00, which basically is just that, helping in getting the gator either in the boat and/or operating the boat, so on and so forth.
I'll be flying down next week as a dry run, straight flight from Rickenbacker to Punta Gorda airport, just minutes from his place. I'm sure we'll work through all the details in what he hopes to accomplish regarding this whole alligator hunting endeavor/adventure of his.
Trust me, he's pumped in getting himself one this year and I'm all too happy to helping him out.
Awesome! Sounds like a great time. Just remember to never lean weight forward over the gunwale and always carry a fixed blade knife on your belt. The last place you want to end up is in the water with that thing. You'll be surprised how strong they actually are. I've wrapped a trotline that had one hung up on it around a paddle and put my feet on the front seat of a johnboat and had one pull the boat upstream in probably a 5mph current. They're strong but tire pretty quick.
Something else they may not cover. When you go to put a knife through the tip of their tail to put the tag through, no matter how dead they are they'll flip their tail and you can get cut bad by the knife. Stand onitss tail about a foot from the tip and poke the knife through on the tip of the tail end.