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Non-Political Story Of The Day: Record Gator Killed In Georgia

It appears that a new record will be set in Georgia. Over the weekend a hunting party on Lake Eufaula killed a massive 14-foot alligator on the secluded reservoir that borders Alabama. Alligator hunting tags are distributed by random draws and are extremely difficult to get in the state of Georgia. When Derrick Snelson got his tag after six years of being rejected, he decided to hire professionals to help. Here’s more from GON:

“We were about 100 yards south of the railroad trestle at the Highway 82 bridge in Georgetown,” said Derrick. “When we first laid eyes on him, it was about 11 o’clock, and we were actually after a smaller one in that little hole. Darrell saw the big gator laying up by a lily pad, and he said, ‘That’s the one we’re going to get right there,’ and I said, ‘Let’s just get this (smaller) one, he’s right here.’ He said, ‘No, we’re going to get that one.’”


On the Lethal Guide Service Facebook page, it states that they set out to harvest a state-record gator five years ago. They obtained that goal and gave Derrick, Shelby and Kirk an adventure they will never forget.


“None of us knew he was that big until it was over,” said Derrick. “We just knew he had a nice-sized head on him. Darrell started going toward him with the trolling motor, and the wind caught us and pushed us in there real fast, and he went under the water and stayed gone for 45 minutes. Then he surfaced 35 yards in front of the boat, and we scared him when he came up, and he barrel rolled on us and went back under, and we didn’t see him again for 45 minutes.”


This game of cat and mouse went on for about five hours. The giant alligator would only stay up about 10 seconds and then go right back down for 45 minutes. Each time the gator surfaced, the hunting team would cast a big treble hook attached to a heavy-duty fishing rod…

Full story at GON.

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