Arkansas Man Kills Monster Gator; Gets State Record

Arkansas Man Kills Monster Gator; Gets State Record

Giant gator killed in Arkansas — it almost sounds like a bad headline after an SEC rivalry game.

Instead, the attention is focused not on football but on Mike Cottingham, who killed the new Arkansas state record gator, weighing in at 1,380 pounds and stretching out to 13-feet, 3-inches long. Cottingham bagged the massive reptile at Lake Millwood, in Hempstead County, but couldn't initially get the beast into his boat. According to Fox News 16, he drug the gator behind his boat to a dock, where he had four other people hoist it out of the water onto shore.

"It was the largest [gator] without a doubt in terms of weight," David Goad, chief of the wildlife management division with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, told the New York Daily News. "It's almost unimaginable how he was able to [retrieve the gator from the water]."


Asked what he would do with the gator, Cottingham said he plans to make a pair or two of boots from it and mount the head.


Tom Grant

Tom Grant killed his Mississippi state record gator in September of 2012, weighing in at 697.5 pounds and stretching out to 13 feet, 1.5 inches. Grant and three other men killed the gator in Issaquena County, which is where the previous state record (690.5 pounds) came from.

Mike Cottingham

This Arkansas behemoth weighed in at 1,380 pounds and was 13 feet, 3 inches long. It is the current state record holder. Mike Cottingham had to have several other men help him hoist the state record gator on shore.

Brian Jackson

Jackson killed his 2011 Ole Miss gator in the same county that produced the current record holder (Tom Grant, 2012). The gator weighed in at 690.5 pounds — seven pounds shy of the new record holder.

Tres Ammerman

It took Tres Ammerman of Orlando, Fla., nearly two hours to reel in this mammoth gator, which weighed 654 pounds and broke the state record in length at 14 feet, 3.5 inches. The Florida record for weight belongs to the 1989 hunter who killed a 1,043 pound gator at Orange Lake.

Chad Jones

Chad Jones killed this 680 pound gator in Mississippi, just 17 pounds shy of Tom Grant's 2012 state record.

Keith Fancher

Keith Fancher killed this 838-pound, 14-foot-2 inch gator on the Alabama River in 2011. The massive gator literally broke the scale when state officials tried to weigh it.

Tim Stroh

Tim Stroh, 19, from Florida, killed this 12-foot, 3-inch, 800 pound gator in 2011. He reported that he hauled it up near his boat with a standard bass fishing rod and then shot it. He showed off his gator with his girlfriend.

John Baxter

John Baxter killed this gator in Arkansas, which made him the state record holder at 13-feet, 1-inch and 680 pounds in 2010. Mike Cottingham beat his record in 2012 by two inches.

Maryellen Mara-Christian

Maryellen Mara-Christian killed a 1,025 pound gator in South Carolina in 2010. The gator was 13-feet, 5 inches long, which may be a record but game officials in South Carolina do not keep records of killed gators.

Levi G McCathern

Levi G McCathern, whose middle initial is rumored to stand for "Gator," was Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' lawyer, and killed a mammoth 13-foot, 8-inch Texas gator in June 2011 . The gator weighed 880 pounds and was killed in Leon County.

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