Girl posing with a rifle and grapple hook with her 7 foot Florida alligator trophy after a successful hunt.

Alligator Hunting with Firearms

Harness the power of rifles, handguns, and bangsticks to take on a ferocious alligator.

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Rifles are the most recommended firearm when it comes to hunting alligator. An alligator’s skin is like bullet-proof armor. A fatal bullet must enter behind the brain. You must roughly aim in the same direction that the gator’s nose is pointing and shoot at an angle from behind and above the alligator with a rifle.

To Scope or Not to Scope
Scoped rifles and shotguns help with shooting accuracy. A more accurate shot means a faster and cleaner kill, and less risk of your hog getting injured and running off, or even worse—charging at you.

Average Shot Distance
50-75 yards

Popular Calibers
.243, .270, .30-06


To use a bangstick, you should first allow the alligator’s head to go below the water’s surface. Then discharge the bangstick just behind the base of the skull/neck junction. Remember to only discharge a bangstick underwater.

Popular Calibers

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