Hunter Takes Record Florida Gator
Florida has a new record alligator thanks to Tres Ammerman. Mr. Ammerman's gator was taken on Lake Washington and measured at 14 feet and 3 inches. Florida Today has a nice write up about the hunt and the hunter.
Being the final night of the season, Ammerman had only until one hour after sunrise Nov. 1 to snag a gator. He was hunting with his nephew T.J. Schaus and friend Sam White.
"We spotted him early in the morning, but before the sun was up," Ammerman said. "We saw his big, red eyes shine in the middle of the lake and tried sneaking up on him, but he disappeared."
Ammerman and his crew waited for the gator to resurface, but he never did. They continued their search along the lake's shoreline and spotted the same alligator again, but this time in shallower water.
"We crept up on him, and he let us get really close," Ammerman said. "We managed to throw two harpoons in him and that's when I knew we had him secured."
The Ammerman gator holds the record for length, but it is not the heaviest on record.