Alligator hunting is easily one of the most dangerous vocations in the world. One month a year in Louisiana, the "Swamp People" (Thu., 9 p.m. EST on History) get out on the waters and in the swamps to hunt some of the world's most dangerous prey. It's essential that a hunter be on his game, vigilant and paying attention at all times.
The cameras caught a close call on this week's installment. An alligator's jaw comes with over 2,000 pounds of force, and they can snap closed in an instant. So when R.J. was knocked off balance while they were trying to bring one in, tottering forward until his face actually fell below the water's surface, he was seconds from being face-to-face with that gaping jaw.
Luckily, one of his partners was ready and took the shot that stopped the gator before R.J. lost his life, or at least his head.
"You slip up like that on the water, something bad's gonna happen to you," he said later. "I gotta say that's the closest I ever came to getting bit by an alligator." And yet, he quickly shook it off and got back to the business of hunting gators.
The hunt continues on "Swamp People" on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on History.
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