Derek Carr went on a team bonding trip with hew new teammates in New Orleans over the past weekend.
In true bayou fashion, the Saints players went bowfishing for Alligator Gar, a species of fish that can grow up to 10 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds.
Speaking about the bowfishing bonding trip, Derek Carr revealed just how primal of an experience it was. Carr told Saints beat reporter Terrin Waack the trip was “electric.”
He went on to say they pulled an alligator gar onto the boat and someone began hitting the fish on the head with a hammer. Derek Carr “said ‘bro, what the heck?'” and “was shook how wild it got at times.”
Video of the new Saints teammates including Jameis Winston bowfishing for alligator gar on the Louisiana bayou went viral on TikTok over the weekend:
Additional footage of the Saints players’ bowfishing trip went viral on Instagram:
Aquatic ecologist, professor, and renowned gar expert Dr. Solomon David responded to Derek Carr’s bowfishing story with hope that the players at least ate the fish after shooting it with an arrow and beating it with a hammer.
For anyone wondering, yes, you can eat alligator gar and other gar species. Dr. Solomon David has shared recipe suggestions in the past in hopes that these fish aren’t killed merely for sport and prized pictures.
Derek Carr and his new Saints teammates were out fishing with Premier Bowfishing Charters. They describe their charter as ‘Louisiana bowfishing at its best’ and you can visit their website here for information on rates and availability.