Minnesota Man Goes Deer Hunting, Comes Back with an Alligator

Minnesota deer hunter crocodile

Courtesy Cory Klocek, Facebook

From the Assocated Press

A Minnesota man who was tracking a large buck on the opening weekend of deer hunting season wound up finding another prize for his collection when he came across a 3-foot alligator.

Cory Klocek was hunting Saturday on farmland in East Bethel, about 40 miles (64.37 kilometers) north of Minneapolis, when he took down with a shotgun what he described on Facebook as a “beautiful 10-point buck,” the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Right about that time he came around a pond and spotted the alligator.

“No clue how it got there, or why,” Klocek wrote. “I’m guessing someone had it as a pet and released it when it got too big.”

Well… this was a first for me… Great Minnesota gun opener… Odd Minnesota opener…. this morning I harvested a…

Posted by Cory Klocek on Saturday, November 7, 2020

Klocek, 35, contacted a local conservation officer with the state Department of Natural Resources and got the go-ahead to shoot the alligator as well. He retrieved a .22-caliber handgun and headed back to the pond.

“Only in 2020 can you go out… for deer gun season opener in Minnesota and shoot an alligator,” Klocek said Monday in an interview. “I’m still at a loss of words.”

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Joe Albert confirmed Klocek got the green light from his agency to take out the reptile because it has “no special protection.”

Klocek said he intends to pair the buck and the gator together for a “fun taxidermy piece.”

comments

  1. avatar Ty King says:

    Headline says Croc, story says Gator. Pick one.

    1. avatar Chris. says:

      Crocagator.

      1. avatar enuf says:

        Yup, Crocagator is right! The most dangerous kind. That inter-species breeding is scary stuff.

      2. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        Toss some Caymen in there, and it becomes a Gaytocroc.

        1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

          whadya get when you hybridize a coho, a walleye and a muskellunge?

        2. avatar I Haz A Question says:

          ..an Elephino.

        3. avatar Craig in IA says:

          “whadya get when you hybridize a coho, a walleye and a muskellunge?”

          That one’s easy- A Cowalski. (Pronounced makes better sense) Was the original MN DNR study to find a fish as delectable as a walleye but would grow to maturity faster so they crossed the walleye with coho salmon. That seemed to work quite well but the new hybrid was an even worse fighter as a sporting fish than a walleye, so to boost its strength and aggressiveness they crossed the Cowall hybrid with a muskellunge, which, of course, the government peeps thought would be the best of 3 worlds. Well, the result was a fast-growing, delicious and agressive species- the Cowalski. Problem? It turned out to be too dumb to swim.

        4. avatar BennyRose says:

          Polish “stereotype” brought to you by bitter guys with little hats

    2. avatar former water walker says:

      They got all twitterpatted & flustered in Chiraq the other year when a slightly larger gator was spotted in a pond. Paid a dude from FloriDUH to catch. In Chiraq they were only concerned about the critter(and it’s illegal to kill a coyote in ILLinoyed!).

      1. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

        “An average of 7,000 coyotes are harvested each year in Illinois. Approximately 75% are taken by hunters and 25% by trappers.”

        huh?

    3. avatar David Bradford says:

      That is an american alligator in the picture, not a crocodile.

    4. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

      {Crocodile or Alligator}

      My money’s on a Alligator.

      I live in central Florida. It’s kinda rare that a Crocodile is found this far north. They prefer it warmer, like in the the Everglades.

      Gators, on the other hand, can be found as far north as Virginia.

      My vote is an Alligator.

      Here’s the difference. Notice that Alligator young have pronounced yellow stripes on them :

      https://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/reptiles/american-crocodile/

  2. avatar Miner49er says:

    “Only in 2020 can you go out… for deer gun season opener in Minnesota and shoot an alligator,” Klocek said”

    3 foot reptiles in Minnesota?

    Sure glad climate change is a Chinese hoax, it would be terrible if tropical animals and diseases, like west Nile virus, were moving north.

    1. avatar James Campbell says:

      So, no change of this being a pet that got too large and was eventually released by its owner whiner?
      Pathetic and idiotic response as usual from the paid shill

      https://youtu.be/2q35PgSXhKg

      1. avatar All Hail! says:

        The definitive word of war hero and former astronaut James Campbell. Bask in the reflected glory of this great man.

        All Hail.

        1. avatar Geoff "Trolls, the other white meat" PR says:

          You forgot he’s the first man to climb Mount Everest solo without oxygen *and* free-dive to the bottom of the Mariana Trench (about 7 miles deep!), both on the same day!

          All Fucking Hail, Indeed!

          Consider yourself blessed and honored to even know such greatness! 🙂

    2. avatar The Crimson Pirate says:

      Winters are still cold enough that it wouldn’t have survived. Alligators and tropical snakes get found all over the north every year in Spring, Summer, and Fall because people get them as pets and then turn them loose.

      Hell, I’ve caught African cichlids in PA lakes during the summer. You’ll never catch them through the ice.

      As for climate change, bring it on. The entire northern hemisphere, including china, is re-greening, forests are expanding, deserts are shrinking, more and more land is becoming arable for human use, plants we grow for food are becoming more productive. CO2 is plant food. There has been a CO2 famine for centuries and you leftards should thank us for releasing it back into the atmosphere.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        In the 1970’s the learned men were telling us the earth was on the brink of an ice age. If global warming is happening and if it’s man made then maybe we dodged that bullet.

        1. avatar Manse Jolly says:

          And don’t forget the ‘Population Explosion’ and we’re all going to starve around the same time late 60s early 70s.

          Like you said, stick around long enough and you get to see all kinds of dooms day non-sense. The China Virus, although real and probably walked out of the Wuhan lab on someone techs boot, will not render mankind extinct no matter what the media says.

          A Polar Bear hunt would be great and give me an excuse for a new rifle/cannon. Plus I could annoy the PETA leaning people at work.

        2. avatar Miner49er says:

          “In the 1970’s the learned men were telling us the earth was on the brink of an ice age.”

          No, they were not. You saw some articles in Time magazine from the main stream media and became convinced that it was scientific fact.

        3. avatar Miner49er says:

          Interesting article from the American meteorological society:

          http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/pdf/10.1175/2008BAMS2370.1

        4. avatar enuf says:

          No, they were not. A minor report was misinterpreted by some sensationalist news media and screamed about very excitedly. Even as the scientist who wrote the paper and many others were trying to say no, a new ice age was not indicated and the opposite problem was.

          Metro NY area newspapers were especially at fault for pumping up the ice age “scare”. I remember newspaper articles on the topic, taking front page column space above the fold. Articles saying it was all a stupid fantasy were below the fold or deeper inside the paper.

          Made for some really bad Hollywood movies though, so it had that going for it.

        5. avatar Rick James says:

          Its amazing to see how close enuf and miner writing styles are.

        6. avatar jwm says:

          miner/enuf. Exactly. Global warming is also a crock ginned up by the media.

          You two joined at the hip?

        7. avatar Hannibal says:

          Bullshit. And in the same vein, everybody didn’t think the earth was flat in 1492.

        8. avatar Miner49er says:

          “everybody didn’t think the earth was flat in 1492”

          You are correct, most civilizations had known that the earth was a globe thousands of years before that.

          It was only the ignorant Europeans, misled by their imaginary deities, that believed the earth was flat and beyond the edge be dragons.

        9. avatar FedUp says:

          I was taught about the coming ice age in elementary school.
          Somebody clearly thought it was established scientific fact at the time.

          Methinks enuf and Censor are here to represent the Ministry of Truth and rewrite history.

        10. avatar Ol Sarge says:

          Miner – 1st, jwm didn’t say it was fact. He quoted what was being said. If the press is not learned men -then Trump has in fact won by November 5th. You can’t have it both ways. In 64 or 65 my science teacher had a class discussion on Global Cooling well before those articles (News Week ’75 & Time ’74) you talk about. Telling us farm boys we better start looking at what crops are suited in the Canada growing season. He then did a short dissertation of how and why. Man had nothing to do with it. We are small potatoes compared to Mother Nature’s wrath.
          The Socialist version of history would have the 5 major Ice age periods separated by Republican presidents.

        11. avatar Aaron says:

          to miner49, who posted:
          November 10, 2020 at 11:39
          “In the 1970’s the learned men were telling us the earth was on the brink of an ice age.”

          No, they were not. You saw some articles in Time magazine from the main stream media and became convinced that it was scientific fact.”

          that’s not true. there was a scientific consensus among many atmospheric scientists, and over 200 studies. even the CIA published a report on the strategic implications of global cooling.

          since then, the media has tried to memory-hole all that.

      2. avatar Tarzan says:

        Remember in the 80’s how acid rain was the doom of us all? And the ozone layer is shrinking and gonna be the end of us. Now look at how it’s recovering rapidly

        1. avatar Rusty - Molon Labe - Chains says:

          Not to mention the Peak Oil crisis. I remember seeing those stupid billboards showing us almost out of oil, of course with the Green Communist Deal and that idiot Biden banning fracking we could be in real trouble.

        2. avatar Miner49er says:

          “Remember in the 80’s how acid rain was the doom of us all? And the ozone layer is shrinking and gonna be the end of us. Now look at how it’s recovering rapidly”

          Yep, the use of catalytic converters has reduced the sulfur dioxide output and led to a substantial decrease in acid rain.

          And the ban on CFCs has indeed reduced the ozone layer depletion substantially.

          I’m glad to see that you appreciate all the good work the EPA has done to reduce pollution, under the Biden/Harris administration we’ll see an even greater reductions in pollutants leading to better health and a longer life for American citizens.

        3. avatar Hannibal says:

          Go to any major chinese city and then talk to me about how the warnings of pollution and acid rain were nonsense.

          People here whine like babies about wearing a mask during a pandemic while people in China and India wear them just not to die of lung disease due to the air over there.

      3. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        “Winters are still cold enough that it wouldn’t have survived.”

        Not always :

        “Alligators in North Carolina poke their noses through ice to survive freezing temperatures”

        https://abcnews.go.com/US/alligators-north-carolina-poke-nose-ice-survive-freezing/story?id=52233678

        That said, I doubt one could survive the months-long deep freeze and heavy snow of Minnesota.

        More likely was a released pet…

    3. avatar J.Smith says:

      Miner the whiner, I see you get your information from the AOC talking points section of retardedilliberalsareus.com. My advice is go outside, look up see that big red ball in da sky? That determines climate.

    4. avatar CWT says:

      @miner Show proof that it had been there more than a few months.

    5. avatar Ron says:

      It’s racist to believe in climate change now:

      1. Most of the worlds trash and pollution comes from Asia.

      2. Asians aren’t of European origin.

      3. Complaining about trash and pollution is complaining about Asia.

      4. Complaining about Asia makes you racist.

      5. Therefore, the climate change narrative is racist.

    6. avatar Travis Bickle says:

      The Chinese clearly don’t believe in global warming, they’re the biggest polluters on the planet except maybe the Indians.

  3. avatar John (fried gator tail) in FL says:

    Just shot a gator… waiting for that 10 point to come along…

  4. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    (shakes head) So some mindbright likely saw his subtropical reptile pet grow from a baby into a juvenile that got too big for its little cage, and chose to release it into a MN pond and thought that was a good idea. Gators can survive short term freezes when they occur in the South, but not a full MN winter. That original owner should have known better.

    1. avatar Biatec says:

      It’s sad.

    2. avatar Craig in IA says:

      Not really much different than the city dwellers who figure out they either can’t care for a dog or don’t want it and take it for a one-way car ride to the country. We must’ve seen 25 of those over the 30 years we lived on a farm just outside of the Des Moines western suburbs.

  5. avatar Ralph says:

    I once shot a gator in my pajamas.

    1. avatar Charlemagne says:

      Did the pajamas fit him?

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Ralph’s PJ’s fit an elephant. A gator ain’t no problem.

        1. avatar enuf says:

          Ralph Cramden? I can believe that.

        2. avatar Ralph says:

          “Ralph Cramden? I can believe that.”

          I borrowed the PJs from yo mama. She gave them up without a struggle.

        3. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “Why not. They fit a python.”

          And *that* is why Ralph is TTAG’s undisputed “Master of Wisecracks”… 😉

      2. avatar ChoseDeath says:

        🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Pajama-thieving bastard!

      3. avatar Ralph says:

        “Did the pajamas fit [the alligator]?”

        Why not. They fit a python. 🙂

        1. avatar jwm says:

          Ralph. Double high 5 for both follow up comments.

        2. avatar Craig in IA says:

          “They fit a python”

          Thought that was an anaconda…

  6. avatar Jim from LI says:

    “Swamp People – the far North edition”

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Choot him.

      1. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

        You betcha Dontcha know.

        1. avatar Porridgeweasel says:

          Bahahahah!!!! I needed that. Thanks KVS.

        2. avatar jwm says:

          Wood chipper. What every hunter should have with them.

  7. avatar Klaus Von Schmitto says:

    I went alligator hunting and came back with a crocodile once. There was a long discussion with the FWC that day.

    Didn’t really enjoy the experience that much. Was expensive too. Never put in for tags again.

  8. avatar tim mccoig says:

    i think thats a caymen …….not a gator

    1. avatar Miner49er says:

      Correct.

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      I’m thinking so too.
      Still pretty unusual.

      It would probably have been fish food in another couple of months.

    3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Unless juvenile caymen have extremely short and rounded snouts, that is definitely an alligator.

      Alligators have extremely rounded and robust looking snouts — very similar to northern pike. Crocodiles have more pointed snouts. And caymen have longer, less robust, and more pointed snouts that crocodiles.

      1. avatar I Haz A Question says:

        I agree with uncommon. I’m an amateur herpetologist who owned and bred several types of reptiles in my younger years long ago (a now-embarrassing chapter of my life I was happy to forget until this article popped up today). Caymens typically have long snouts, while alligators have shorter, broader profiles.

        1. avatar Stephen M says:

          I have no qualifications other than being a Floridian but I’m saying gator too. Also going to be completely wasted because I’ve seen what happens when you give Midwesterners gator meat.

        2. avatar Hugh Glass says:

          Cayman.

        3. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “I agree with uncommon. I’m an amateur herpetologist who owned and bred several types of reptiles in my younger years…”

          Soooooo…

          Was that a euphemism for playing ‘Hide the Snake’ with girlfriends?

          *snicker* 😉

          (An early girlfriend of mine bought me the first reptile of my collection that I amassed back then…)

  9. avatar Tom Lindley says:

    Should have left the gator alone. Dickhead. I hate people who kill animals just to kill.

    1. avatar Stephen M says:

      It was dead anyway in another month or so. You must not live where there’s many invasive species. I built a literal concentration camp for Cuban tree frogs, complete with a gas chamber.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        1) It was dead anyway in another month or so.
        2)You must not live where there’s many invasive species.

        pick one

    2. avatar Ron says:

      It was certainly going to die in the Minnesota cold, probably in a matter of days. Gators are also everywhere in the south, and are not only commonly hunted but they get hit by cars and shit all the time. It’s not like he was endangering a species.

      1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

        In Florida, they destroy cars traveling on roads and even airplanes that hit them while taking off and landing…

    3. avatar Someone says:

      Freezing to death is so much better then being shot, right?

      I hate people who give idiotic suggestions about stuff they know nothing about and call others names.

      1. avatar Hannibal says:

        hypothermia is known to be a fairly painless way to die, actually. So much so that a lot of people have it find them unawares. They feel a need to sleep and then just don’t wake up.

        1. avatar Geoff "I'm getting too old for this shit" PR says:

          “They feel a need to sleep and then just don’t wake up.”

          Yup, just before you go, you suddenly feel warm. That’s why it’s not uncommon to find them dead with their clothes nearby…

  10. avatar tsbhoa.p.jr says:

    delaware man goes veep shopping, comes back with cackling harpy.

    1. avatar Rusty - Always Carry - Chains says:

      Thank God we never saw the one that got away!

  11. avatar eagle10 says:

    Go out and shoot a deer and get some tail. That’s what I call a good afternoon! 😁

  12. avatar Oh deer, does it taste like chicken? says:

    Most foreign reptiles in Minnesota have two legs!

  13. avatar lonorob says:

    hypothermia is known to be a fairly painless way to die, actually. So much so that a lot of people have it find them unawares. They feel a need to sleep and then just don’t wake up.

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