Four men killed the longest alligator in Arkansas history while hunting on Lake Merrisach in Dumas on Sept. 26.
One of the men, Travis Bearden, tried to paint himself and his buddies as heroes for harpooning the 13 foot and 180 pound creature to KTHV:
We weren’t real sure how big he was when we spotted him, and to our surprise after we harpooned it, it ended up being a giant! It drug the boat around for almost 2 hours before I was able to get a clean shot on it.
Having my dad and my brother there made it that much more special. I just sat back and listened to my dad tell stranger after stranger the story! I think he might be more excited than I am!
Trey Reid with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said it’s the longest alligator killed since Arkansas began its alligator season:
We don’t really have an official state record, but keep data on length, and it’s the longest.