BREWER, Miss. (WTVA) — Monday marked the official end of the alligator hunting season in public Mississippi waters, and a group of Lee County hunters eneded it with an epic battle between man and beast on the Columbus Lake.
"We rounded the curve and we saw its eyes," said Shannon resident Dusty Kelly.
Those eyes belonged to a 620 pound monster alligator that made its home in Columbus Lake.
"One of my buddies cast a hook over its back and he snagged it, and the fight was on," said Kelly.
The three amateur gator hunters say catching the 12 foot seven inch monstrosity of a reptile was no easy task.
"The very best way to put it was... an intense battle," said Brewer resident Ben Mask.
The trio battled with the animal for nearly two-hours in the dark of the Mississippi night.
"It took two shots to kill it and three to make sure," said gator hunter Wayne Mask.
But, that was not the only fight the group faced. The new obstacle, how to get a 600 plus pound alligator into their boat.
"We never really got it in the boat. We had to drag it down the Tombigbee River," said Kelly.
The group says next year they hope to not only shatter their own personal record, but the state record as well.