GEORGIA- There's a new record alligator on the books in Georgia after four brave guys managed to take down a nearly 14 foot gator in Decatur County.
Standing at a whopping 13 feet, 10 and 3 quarters inches, this monstrous 620 lbs gator with gigantic jaws and paws was spotted on Lake Seminole last night by Alex Harrell on what started as a duck hunting trip.
Harrell didn't have a permit to kill the gator so he called his friend Gary Braswell to find someone who did.
Jim Overman, the man that killed the gator said, "He called me and I happened to be in my schedule where I could make it. I had just arrived home from work it was about 6:30 in the evening, by 7:00 we were at the water ready to go and by 7:15 or so we had the first line in him."
It took four men and archery equipment to restrain the gator, but it took almost 3 hours to kill him.
Hunters say this gator was so aggressive that it required several tools to take him down. his jaws snapped a harpoon in two."
Hunter, Gary Braswell, said, "He stood his ground and he actually blowed up showed a real aggressiveness to us you know and i was glad we was able to get him. He broke an 800 lbs test line."
Several spectators came out to watch DNR officials measure the gator, even kids got a chance to touch him.
One DNR official says he's seen a variety of species but this one tops them all.
DNR Wildlife Technician, Brian Vickery, said, "Since I've moved here five years I've got to see two world class animals and this by far is definitely a world class animal, so its good to be down here working."
overman says he knew the gator was something special the first time he saw him.
Vickery said, "I knew that he was an excellent gator, I did not realize he was a state record, we knew that he was big."
He said, "I don't know about you but man I'd take me some Advil I was sore as I could be this morning."
They even plan to name him.
"We actually thought about naming him "Snaggle Tooth" because he's so old he's missing some teeth."
The previous state record was 13 feet and 9 inches.