Braxton Bielski managed to take down an 800-pound alligator measuring a little over 14 feet in length with just one shot while hunting in the Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area near Katy, Texas.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department offers only a limited number of special permits for alligator hunting every year and this was the first year that Bielski managed to obtain a permit for legal hunting.
Every hunter must also attend a two-hour orientation in order to learn the proper legal techniques for hunting the massive creatures which hide in many of the watery coves throughout its State Parks.
The alligator bagged by Bielski is thought to be between 30 and 50 years old. Its weight and size also made it a record catch for the first-time hunter. His father Troy, who is a police officer in the Houston area, accompanied him on the alligator hunt.
Troy Bielski also managed to bag a gator, although his female catch only measured a much shorter 10 feet in length. Both father and son each posed with their trophy for a photograph at day’s end.
Now that’s beginner’s luck! Teen out on his first alligator hunt bags biggest ever reptile in Texas at 800lbs and 14 feet 3 inches