Enormous 726-Pound Gator Lunges at Boat, Hunters Shoot Arrow Right Between Its Eyes: 'We Thought We'd Made a Huge Mistake'

A group of hunters from South Carolina has shocked social media after posting images showing a massive 12-foot alligator that they killed last weekend.

The huge gator, weighing in at 726 pounds, was discovered in the Santee River last Sunday by Lee Daugherty, David Lowe, Ryan Pitts, and George Mourounas. They spent hours wrestling with the reptile before eventually killing it using a handgun, the Carolina Sportsman reported.

One Facebook post showing off their trophy has attracted close to 2,000 comments and more than 9,000 shares. "As it turned out this was the second heaviest gator for Zone 3...the best part was being with friends to enjoy the hunt," Daugherty, of Florence, wrote in his post.

According to the Carolina Sportsman, the hunters worked together to track and hook the gator. They said it was rare to see a gator spend to long under water without coming up for air.

Daugherty said the gator didn't go without a fight. Explaining the hunt, he said: "I don't know if that third line scared him or what, but he went completely crazy. The gator just erupted.

"He was in about 7 feet of water, and he just blew up. He went left, right, swam in a serpentine pattern. Right away we thought we'd made a huge mistake. We pulled a couple of times.

"It got him uncomfortable enough that he lunged at the boat. He came up nose first. And only his head came up. David took a shot at him with the bow, and the arrow hit the gator right between the eyes."

Daugherty said the point of the arrow stayed in but "the arrow's shaft just skipped off the gator's face."

After a lengthy struggle, Mourounas shot the animal in the head and the hunters dragged it to shore. "It probably took 20 minutes for us to get him all the way in the boat," Daugherty said.

The alligator was taken to 301 Processing and Taxidermy. According to WLTX, Fitts is getting its skull and Lowe is getting the hide. The meat will be split between the hunters, it reported.

See ya later... 12'6" 726lbs @ Santee, South Carolina. Thanks to 301 Processing & Taxidermy, best in the business

Posted by George Mourounas on Sunday, September 15, 2019

According to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the American alligator is the only crocodilian that is native to the state. It notes that the species can live to be more than 60 years old and reach lengths greater than 13 feet. "Though once listed as a federally endangered species, populations have rebounded," the agency explains in an online fact sheet.

In a safety brochure, it warns: "Alligators are large carnivorous predators that demand respect." The fearsome predators don't only make news headlines due to their vast size. Last month, an alligator was caught on camera while climbing over a roadside fence at a Florida Navy base.

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Posted by Lee Daugherty on Wednesday, September 18, 2019