Hunters capture 1,000-pound gator A monster alligator weighing 1011.5 pounds measuring 15-feet long is pictured in Thomaston, Alabama (AP photos)
Hunters capture 1,000-pound gator
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A group of Alabama hunters is celebrating the catch of a lifetime, a 15-foot-long alligator that weighed more than 1,000 pounds.

Jeff Dute of AL.com reports the monster gator was pulled from the water in south Alabama early Saturday during the state's alligator hunting season.

The gator is the largest ever legally killed by an Alabama hunter and was caught by Mandy and John Stokes; Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker.

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Biologists had no trouble measuring the beast at 15 feet even, but they had to call for some relief when trying to weigh it. The first attempt destroyed the winch assembly used to hoist most gators. Enlisting a backhoe to lift it, a biologist officially called the weight at 1,011.5 pounds.

Those dimensions easily make the Stokes gator the biggest ever killed in Alabama. An internet search suggests the Stokes gator may be the largest American alligator ever legally killed by a hunter.

In June, Safari Club International declared a 14-foot, 8-inch, 880-pound alligator killed in Chalk Creek near Lufkin, Texas by Justin Wells of Bossier City, La., in 2007 as the world record.

It's not clear which metric - length, weight or a combination of both - SCI used to make its declaration.

A September 2013 story on Outdoor Life's website tells the tale of a 13-foot, 9-inch, 1,100-pound gator killed by Drew Baker in Arkansas. Baker's gator is the Arkansas record, but the story makes no mention of it being in contention for world record status.

Stokes' gator measured 70.5 inches around the stomach, 46 inches around the base of the tail and had a 16-inch snout measurement.

Mandy Stokes' crew, including the teens, is made up of experienced woodsmen and women who regularly hunt the rural landscape near their home and fish the Alabama River often. It was during the trip back to the boat launch that the gator's size started sinking in.

"The whole time we were out there, we thought we were in a 16-foot boat. So doing some comparison to the size of the boat, we figured the gator might be 13 feet," John Stokes said. "Then Kevin found out it was a 17-foot boat, and we started looking at that gator again."

They enlisted help to load the gator on a trailer so it could be transported to the Roland Cooper State Park check station.

Mandy Stokes said the gator is scheduled to be transported to a taxidermy shop. But the Stokes are still weighing their options about what to do with it.

Critical thinking challenge: Why was it easier to measure the length than the weight?

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COMMENTS (12)
  • yessiiccaaa_16
    8/21/2014 - 02:41 p.m.

    That's really crazy that they caught a 1,000-pound gator!!!. I would be freaked out to find a gator in the hunting competition.I wouldn't hunt for gators that would be scary! ;O

  • hannahsmith
    8/29/2014 - 08:22 a.m.

    A group of Alabama hunters caught and killed a 1,000 pound alligator. This is the largest alligator ever caught. A find like this is a great opportunity to run tests and experiments. However, while this is an exciting thing for the hunters, it might prompt other hunters to go out hunting even more alligators.

  • angellovee
    9/12/2014 - 10:52 a.m.

    The largest gator ever caught on film is 28 feet long and over a ton so there is no way that this gator is the largest ever caught let along the heaviest, and plus they probably measured it from how long the boat was if it was by the boat they would probably got a good measurement from it but knowing people like to exaggerate what they saw or believe to have seen.

  • brebredoe
    9/12/2014 - 10:53 a.m.

    WOW! THATS CRAZY. I would love to see that big guy in person .that would be cool. just think that will be fun and hard to catch

  • pruettf4
    9/19/2014 - 12:50 p.m.

    I think that was a huge gator that could possibly be one of the biggest gators in the country.I would be too busy running away from that gator than shooting

  • BColton-Sti
    9/25/2014 - 09:42 a.m.

    I wonder how they got it into the boat. But also I never taught that a gator that big would ever be caught. I wonder how long that gator was alive to get to that size.

  • CGustavo-Sti
    9/25/2014 - 09:46 a.m.

    A family in Alabama capture a gator about 1011.5 pounds and 15 feet long..the family was hunting and they saw the gator and capture it.

  • patrickellis
    9/25/2014 - 10:17 a.m.

    Agroup of alabama hunters cought a 15 foot aligator that weighed more than a 1,000 ponds.This was the largest gator killed in alabama.the gator was pulled out of the water early saterday morning.

  • raymon03
    10/01/2014 - 10:43 a.m.

    A family that lives in Alabama has captured a gator that is over 1,000 bounds. They are celebrating it because it is the bigest gator ever killed by a hunter and now is on t.v.

  • SBenjamin-Sti
    10/03/2014 - 10:08 a.m.

    That's amazing that they could catch a gator that big without any injures. How did they do it? Did they kill it or put it in a zoo/ aquarium?

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