Mick Pitman, better known as Crocodile Mick, has killed more than 20,000 crocodiles in his 37 years as a hunter, but even today he can still be rattled by the giant reptiles.
Pitman, 57, from Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory, was taught his hunting skills by his stepfather and mentor German Jack, who famously caught four of the largest crocodiles ever held in captivity.
Mick has now compiled an impressive list of crocodiles himself and has recently taken down a 16-foot croc with two gun shots to the back of the neck, after staking it out for four weeks.
1. Crocodile Mick (pictured) stares down the mouth of a giant 16-foot crocodile he has just captured in a creek.
2. The massive crocodile was caught eating cattle at a nearby station and Mick watched it for four weeks before shooting it.
3. He was taught all he knows by his step-father and mentor German Jack (pictured), who was famous for catching enormous crocodiles in the wild.
The crocodile had to be killed, because it was eating cattle at a nearby station. The owners were helpless to protect their livestock, with the crocodile taking down up to two animals each day.
Mick says one out of ten crocodiles puts up a ferocious fight.
The largest crocodile Mick has ever caught was 16 feet long, but at this size, even a couple of inches can add an extra 175 lbs to the size of the reptile.
Mick only brings one helper along and he doesn’t understand why other hunters have to bring a whole team together when stalking crocodiles.
4. This 14-foot crocodile was caught using the trap method, where the hunter can easily tape his jaw together using ropes.
5. Mick’s favorite way to kill a crocodile is by staking it out in the dead of night and pouncing, so they both are on even playing field.
6. The crocodile hunter caught two crocs in the same day who were both going after cattle in the area. He hauled them both into his 12-foot boat.
7. Crocodile Mick claims he is one of the few people in the world who kill and stuff crocodiles themselves.
Mick uses four different methods to catch a crocodile: harpooning, shooting, hooking and the trap.
His favorite technique is to get out on a creek in the reptile’s natural habitat on his small dingy and harpoon them. After sticking a spike underneath the crocodiles’ skin, he is “playing them like a trout” until they finally wear out.
The crocodile hunter says that he tries to educate people on how to hunt the beasts in the most humane way possible.
Following each of his kill, Crocodile Mick takes a moment to sit down in front of the dead crocodile and take a minute’s silence.
After that, the hunter either sells the animal off or takes it home to skin it (that can take him up to eight hours), before performing taxidermy on it.
8. Mick said he is offended when people ask him if he will ever retire. He says he will keep going until he can’t stand on the bow of his boat.
9. Mick with Dean Weeks (left) who uses a drone to look for any movement as they hunt for crocodiles.
10. Mick and Adrian Phillips (right) discuss tactics for trapping crocodiles.
11. A drone can be seen scouring the water to search for “misbehaving” crocodiles.
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