Hunters snag 1K-pound alligator, an Alabama record

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm •  Published: August 18, 2014
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CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — A family battled a 1,000-pound alligator for more than five hours, putting several large hooks into the beast before firing a fatal shotgun blast into the gator's head.

The result? The catch of a lifetime and a state record in Alabama.

The 15-foot gator was hooked in a creek about 80 miles west of Montgomery early Saturday, Al.com reported (http://bit.ly/1p5ycbg ). The first attempt to weigh the gator destroyed a winch state biologists typically use, so they had a backhoe lift it. It weighed 1,011.5 pounds.

It was caught by Mandy and John Stokes, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.

"We give all the glory to God. Ten men couldn't have done what we did," John Stokes said.

The gator didn't go down without a fight. After the family got some large hooks into the gator, Mandy Stokes aimed her 20-gauge shotgun at the "sweet spot" behind the alligator's eyes. That's where she was told to aim during a mandatory training class for Alabama gator hunters.

She pulled the trigger, but the gator's head was too far beneath the water's surface.

"All it did was make this gator mad," Mandy Stokes told Al.com. "Fear had taken hold at this point."

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