"Beast of the Bayou" Await Big Game
One of the top predators of the marsh, the American alligator is
synonymous with Southwest Louisiana-and a trophy worthy of any big
game hunter. At Grosse Savanne, only our experienced alligator harvest
guides will navigate our privately managed marshes and prairies
in search of these enormous creatures.
Considered the "Beast of the Bayou" and ranging in length
up to 14 feet, alligators often drift in slowly moving canals on
warm, sunny days. While afloat, it is often only its beady eyes
that peer out over the water's surface. Its flat, round snout, log-shaped
body and short, webbed legs are submersed, enabling this seemingly
docile reptile to quietly close in on its prey.
Listed on the federal government's endangered species list in
the early 1970s due to dwindling populations, alligators now outnumber
people in the region two to one! Research conducted at a nearby
state game preserve and research center indicated that successful
harvests could be conducted in September since the females are finished
with nesting deep in the marsh and the adult males roam the open
To guarantee successful populations for the future, strict regulations
have been imposed on the number of alligators harvested. These controls
include the use of locked, numbered tags that are attached to each
harvested animal before it leaves the marsh, proper permits and
licensing, and a limited harvest season. Tags are issued to hunters
based on the quality and size of the wetlands they own or have permission
As a result of the controls on harvesting these beasts, alligator
hunts at Grosse Savanne are available on a first come, first served
basis-and only in September. Trophy hunts for catch ranging from
eight to 12 feet.
In addition to the thrill of an alligator hunt, Grosse Savanne
offers first class accommodations, fine southern and Cajun cuisine,
and unsurpassed service.
We invite you to join us this season.
Overnight Trapper's Hunt: $550
Includes: One night lodging with a five course dinner, beverages,
continental breakfast, and a Southern brunch served after a guided
alligator hunt. The hunt allows the guest to observe the alligator
hunting process. Participation in the hunting process requires the
advance purchase of a license (cost not included in package).
* No gator, meat
nor hides with this package.
Overnight lodging packages are based
on double occupancy per room. Guests requesting single occupancy
rooms will be charged an additional fee per night.
Note: We stock a variety of liquors, including beer and wine,
which are complimentary and included in overnight packages. Special
bar requests will be provided if possible and subject to additional
cost to customer.
Day Trip - Trapper's Hunt $300 (no overnight lodging)
Includes: One morning alligator hunt and beverages. The hunt allows the guest to observe the alligator
hunting process. Participation in the hunting process requires advance purchase of a license (cost not included in package).
If a trophy alligator is desired for either of the above mentioned
hunts, the trophy fees listed below will be added to the price (Based
on the size class of the alligator - includes 10 pounds of cleaned
meat per gator purchased)
4' 0" to 6' 11" ---- $50/ft.
7' 0" to 7' 11" ---- $75/ft.
8' 0" to 8' 11" ---- $100/ft.
9' 0" to 9' 11" ---- $125/ft.
10' 0" to 10' 11" - $150/ft
11' 0" to 11' 11" - $175/ft.
12' 0" to 12' 11" - $200/ft.
Shipping Fee - $100 per alligator hide
Special preparation for taxidermal purposes for full-body mounts
- $100 per alligator
All other alligator processsing and packaging - complimentary
Afternoon Activities include a choice of:
- Baiting lines for the next morning's hunt - $125 per person
(guest must arrive before 2:00 p.m.)
- Saltwater Lake Fishing - $600 per boat (max. 3 anglers per boat - please,
NO black soled shoes)
- Marsh Fishing - $450 per boat (max. 2 anglers per boat - catch
and release only)
- Dove Hunts (during season) - $125 per person
Skeet Range - $10 per round
Due to the nature of alligator hunting, please note that:
** No guests under the age of 15 allowed to participate in hunting activities
** Hunter safety is required for all hunting guests born after September 1, 1969
- Trophy alligator hunts are not guaranteed.
- Gator season is usually the first two weeks of September.
** No pets allowed inside lodge building.
A 50% deposit is required for all bookings to confirm dates.