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Alabama man breaks record with 675-pound, 12-foot alligator

EUFAULA (AP) — A Headland man has harvested a 12-foot, 675-pound alligator from Lake Eufaula, the largest kill in two seasons since the state legalized regulated alligator hunting at specific sites.

William Simmons harvested the gator Saturday, laying claim to the record, which had been held for a week by Stockton's John Sutton, who caught a 12-foot, 10-inch, 641-pound alligator on the Mobile-Tensaw Delta on Aug. 19.

"There have been some that were longer, but he got it by weight," said Simmons, who was on his first alligator hunt.

The record-setting alligator was actually the second gator Simmons attempted to harvest on Lake Eufaula.

Bigger one out there

"We hit one with an arrow on Friday night that we think was as big if not bigger than this one," he said Wednesday. "I hit him with the arrow, but it bounced off the plates on his back. That's actually the alligator we were going after when we saw this one."

Simmons spotted the alligator near the railroad trestle and the Vandiver Causway around midnight. He shot the gator at about 12 a.m. He had it tied to the boat an hour and 45 minutes later.

Simmons plans to have the front third of the alligator stuffed and placed in his trophy room.

Fourteen gators were harvested on Lake Eufaula, with the smallest weighing 57 pounds and the largest tipping the scales at the record 675 pounds.

According to Bill Gray, supervising wildlife biologist for District 6, the hunt was held because of a need to thin out the area's alligator population.

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