Craig Boddington and I traveled to Central Florida to tape an episode of PHTV on gator and hog hunting with Osceola Outfitters at the end of April. It was a perfect hunt with all the pieces: plenty of animals, great food, relaxed pace and funny, personable people. Bossman Hoppy Kempfer will surely make my next list of â€śBest TV Guides in the Worldâ€ť.
We hunted the alligators deep in the swamp using buoys baited with hog lungs, then we switched to spot and stalk.Â At the end of day two Craig took a â€śwhopperâ€ť from a lake on skiff using a baited buoy under perfect, golden evening light.
After using a variety of strategies for the show, Hoppy wanted to demonstrate hunting them from a skiff at night. Being a team player, I grabbed the Wicked Ridge crossbow and hopped on the bow to do my part. Hereâ€™s my handiwork with a string gun combined with Craigâ€™s artistry with a camera. I hope you enjoy it.