It took five members of the Stokes family ten hours to catch the biggest alligator ever recorded in the state of Alabama. Mandy Stokes, her husband John Stokes, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children Savannah and Parker caught the monstrous reptile over the weekend near Thomaston. The beast measured 15-feet long and weighed 1,011.5 pounds.
The hunt began on Friday evening and lasted well into the following morning. Mandy Stokes described the culmination of the hunt to AL.com:
He came up just as calm as he could. When I pulled the trigger this time, water just exploded on all of us.
The alligator proved so heavy that he crushed the winch system typically used by the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries biologists, so a backhoe had to be brought in to lift the gator up and officially weigh it. It isn’t known which metric — length, weight or some combination of the two — is used by the SCI, but it is likely that the two metrics are locked into a more or less direct relationship.
Alligators are the only dangerous-game species in Alabama that can legally be hunted. The 15-foot gator is now on its way to Ken Owens’ Autaugaville taxidermy shop. (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. Mandy Stokes, husband John Stokes, brother-in-law Kevin Jenkins and his children Savannah and Parker pose alongside the 15-feet long and 1,011.5 pound alligator they captured on the weekend.
2. The mammoth beast, which measured 15-feet long and weighed 1,011.5 pounds, was captured near Thomaston, Alabama.
3. Alligators are the only dangerous-game species that can legally be hunted in Alabama.
4. The Stokes’ gator measured 70.5 inches around the stomach, 46 inches around the base of the tail and had a 16-inch snout measurement.
5. After the alligator was weighed, his next stop was scheduled to be Ken Owens’ Autaugaville taxidermy shop.
And here are the videos:
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