HOUSTON — A Houston-area high school senior has bagged a 14-foot, 800 pound alligator — the heaviest ever certified in Texas — on his first alligator hunt.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials say 18-year-old Braxton Bielski bagged the record gator last week at Choke Canyon State Park, about 90 miles south of San Antonio.
The agency says in a statement that Braxton shot the giant reptile after hooking it on a line using raw chicken as bait.
Bielski’s father, Troy Bielski, won a Parks and Wildlife drawing for a five-day permit to hunt in the Daughtry Wildlife Management Area. The Houston police officer says his son had been dreaming of hunting alligators for years.
Parks and Wildlife says the alligator was between 30 and 50 years old.
This May 7, 2013 photo provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department shows Braxton Bielski with the new Texas state record 800-pound alligator taken during a public hunt on the James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area. (AP Photo/Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Troy Bielski)×