Their First Gator Was Huge, Even With Missing Tail
September 17, 2019
'Next year, we're going to need a bigger boat'
Winning alligator hunting tags for the first time, a Mississippi woman and her team recently killed a huge gator that was even bigger that it looked … if it had its entire tail.
The gator that Christy Dollar, Kyle Dollar and Jaron Biggs harvested recently measured 10 feet, 10 inches long, but it could’ve been 13 or more. No one knows for sure because much of the tail was bitten off by what must’ve been an even larger gator.
”Head measurements indicated 13-6 if he’d had his tail intact,” Christy Dollar said in an email to Game & Fish. “He was missing several feet of tail and he had bite marks in his jaw.”
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The tail-less gator just adds to an already great hunting story for the team about a long battle with their first gator.
The hunters were on public the SE hunting zone — the exact spot is a secret —when the beast struck, sending the trio into a frenzy. There was some tripping over each other and gear inside the boat, Christy admits, but the team stayed all business through the hours-long battle.
”This was the first year I won tags and it was the first successful hunt for all of us. When we hooked up, we had no idea how big he was. My husband fought him on a hook more than 2 hours while our friend worked on a second line and I snared and shot him. It took another 2 hours to get him into the boat at the launch,” Christy Dollar said. “It was an amazing experience and we can’t to go again. Next year, we’re going to need a bigger boat!”
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