Lawyer Who Got Record Gator Now in Deep Water

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Levi McCathern received a lot of publicity for the record alligator he shot on a guided Texas hunt in June. He was on his first gator hunt with his son and guides, and had shot the alligator, but left before the animal was retrieved from the water. Now Levi and his guides are facing charges for illegally taking this alligator.

Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for McCathern and his three guides for killing the alligator on private property without the landowner's consent, which is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas. The four men were expected to turn themselves in, but McCathern is out of town on a family vacation according to his attorney. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000, a one-year jail sentence or both. The department will also seek more than $5,000 in restitution for the two alligators, the release said. Both of the alligators have been seized. It should be noted that the reported length of the supposed record gator was exagerated, it was not the record 14' feet long as reported, it measured 13 feet, 1 inch and was no record.

Game wardens in Leon and Houston counties started investigating after a landowner claimed that a large alligator and a smaller one were killed on his property with out his permission, along the Trinity River. The smaller alligator was one that McCathern's son had hunted the day before. One of the guides, Steve Barclay, in a brief telephone interview insists the he did indeed have the landowner's permission. From The Star-Telegram.


Ca_Vermonster's picture

That's why I always get

That's why I always get WRITTEN permission before hunting on someone else's land.  These things can always turn into a he said, she said type scenario.

Hopefully it was a misunderstanding, and the alligator was shot with permission.  Even if not a record, that's one heck of a critter.

If he didn't have permission, then the guide should pay the fine, and have his guiding license suspended.  Unless I hear the full story, I don't really fault the lawyer.  If he was with the guides, and they said "we have permission to be here", then what can you do?

deerhunter30's picture

Sounds like officials need to

Sounds like officials need to be looking at the guide. Even if the guy did get permission, the question is when did he get that permission.

In Iowa even if you get permission one day the next day is a differant story. In my hunting experiances you ask every day you go there. Even if he says it is ok to hunt the season.

You never know when that person is going to change his mind.

hunter25's picture

This is an interesting story

This is an interesting story here as the guide says he did in fact have permission to hunt the property in question. We can't know for sure but I wonder if the property owner wasn't happy with all the publicity that followed the kill and decided to make it look like he had nothing to do with it. If the guide is telling the truth it shows that the days of a mans word is gone for sure and always make sure to get something this serious in writing. One little piece of paper woulld have cleared it right up. If he's lying then I think he should have to face the full resposability for the situation. I know as hunters we have to know and obey all the laws but I hate it when a guy pays an outfitter and still get's busted for something he had no knowledge of. He would have had no way of knowing that the guide did not really have permission if he was told otherwise.

If that is the case I also hope it all works our for the best but again the guide should face the biggest penalty.

GooseHunter Jr's picture

Will be interersting if we

Will be interersting if we will hear even some more about all this.  Sounds to me like a he said she said case.  Which as we most know they never end very well for either side.  Hope all works out for both sides.