920-Pound Alligator Caught in Alabama!

Six men in Alabama hauled in a massive gator on Lake Eufaula August 14 that measured 13-feet 6-inches and weighed about 920 pounds, according to AL.com.

The reptile was caught by friends Scott Evans, Jeff and Justin Gregg. The gator was weighed at Dixon Lumber Co., AL.com reports.

It was caught on opening day for gator hunting on Eufaula, a 45,000-acre lake that is nationally known for its bass and crappie fishing.

Scott Evans (left to right), Jeff Gregg and Justin Gregg, 15, snagged an estimated 920-pound alligator during the first-day of gator hunting on Lake Eufaula on Aug. 14.
Scott Evans (left to right), Jeff Gregg and Justin Gregg, 15, snagged an estimated 920-pound alligator during the first-day of gator hunting on Lake Eufaula on August 14.

The gator, which should produce about 250 pounds of meat, “won’t go to waste,” Evans told AL.com. He is planning a Labor Day cookout.

“It was surreal,” Evans said. “We weren’t expecting anything that big.”

It took six men, including two Alabama conservation officers, to pull in and secure the 13-foot 6-inch gator, according to AL.com. Evans’ group snagged the big gator almost immediately after starting their hunt Friday night, the opening day for gator hunting at Lake Eufaula. Apparently, the alligator got out of the first hook. Evans and his friends continued to follow it about another 75 yards and hooked it for the second time.

The alligator is believed to be the Lake Eufaula record, which goes by length not weight.

The gator is believed to be the second heaviest alligator ever killed during a regulated hunt in Alabama, just behind last year’s world record 15-foot 9 inch alligator, which weighed in at 1,011.5 pounds.

Alabama’s alligator population has grown to the extent that they pose a nuisance in many areas, according to the Alabama DNR. It says implementing a regulated alligator hunt on a small scale is an important step toward controlling populations and better managing this unique reptile. All successful applicants for the hunt are required to attend and complete the Alligator Training Course provided by the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries staff offered in Eufaula or elsewhere in the state.

 

Guide Outdoors Readers: Gators and Crocs’ are creatures, such as Sharks, that seem to strike fear into the hearts of most people. Has it ever been on your “bucket list” to go hunting for them? Please comment below.

Leave a Reply

Commenting Policy - We encourage open expression of your thoughts and ideas. But there are a few rules:

No abusive comments, threats, or personal attacks. Use clean language. No discussion of illegal activity. Racist, sexist, homophobic, and generally hateful comments are not tolerated. Keep comments on topic. Please don't spam.

While we reserve the right to remove or modify comments at our sole discretion, the Sportsman's Guide does not bear any responsibility for user comments. The views expressed within the comment section do not necessarily reflect or represent the views of The Sportsman's Guide.