You've all heard the story about the first time bowhunter that killed a 200-inch buck? Or what about a brand new angler that landed a 70-pound blue cat with a bobber and minnow using a Zebco reel and 15-pound test line? Or surely you've heard about the rookie duck hunter that limited out on his first trip to the blind and two of the ducks were banded?
Well Selby, Alabama native Keith Fancher's very first alligator hunt can be added to the roster of "unbelievable" camp tales as the 14 foot, 2 inch, 838 lb. monster Alabama gator he hauled in with six other family members in late August has been declared the biggest gator of the season by Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. It's also the largest harvested since Alabama introduced its limited gator season in 2006.
While fishing on the Alabama River in Dallas County around 9:30 p.m., the group of hunters snagged the gator on the back of the head with a pair of hooks and an epic battle was on.
According to the Birmingham News, the battle lasted for an hour and it took all seven hunters to get the Alabama gator in the boat.
The stomach stretched 65-inches around and the big-mouthed monster would have measured even longer, but was missing the end of its tail.
Alabama offers a limited gator-hunting season during the month of August in three areas: Southeast Alabama, Mobile Tensaw Delta and the west central area of the state.
This years harvest quota was 295 gators divided amongst the three areas. A gator tag (drawn by computer lottery) allows a hunter to pursue a gator that measures at least six feet or longer.