Ron Russell has been catching alligators in the Lowcountry for nearly 30 years. Each fall, people hire him as a guide for the state's public hunt. But this year, he says gators, especially the big ones, were harder to find.
"We've harvested the heck out of them with all three programs the last 12 years," said Russell. "I think it's going to start showing up we can't maintain this every year without it actually hurting the population dramatically. I've already seen the decrease in population just in this area."