Talk about beginners luck, a Texas teen bagged his first alligator last week and it turns out it’s the largest reptile ever caught in the state.
The 18-year-old senior from Cinco Ranch High School shot and killed the 800-pound beast measuring 14-feet 3-inches in James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area. Braxton Bielski and his father Troy, a Houston cop had applied to the annual Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s drawing for special hunting permits and managed to snag a couple coveted gator tags.
The younger Bielski is a life-long hunter with a deep fascination with reptiles and dinosaurs. He caught the alligator by baiting it with raw meat dangling from a hook and shooting it in accordance with the rules dictated by the state.
Gators in southeast Texas are notoriously large, thanks to Choke Canyon State Park’s protection. Bielski’s beast is estimated to be between 30 and 50-years-old, according to officials. The father-son duo ended up with two large gators, but according to Troy,
“If we had just caught the one, I would have been happy for Brax. He’s the reason I was there.”