Public Hunter Bags New Texas State Record Alligator
Braxton Bielski with the new Texas state record alligator taken during a public hunt on the James E. Daughtrey WMA. Bielski caught the 14-foot, 3-inch, 800-pound giant on a hook and line and then dispatched it with a rifle. © Troy Bielski
AUSTIN – A young hunter who grew up with a fascination about dinosaurs and a dream of hunting what some call “living dinosaurs” has harvested the largest alligator ever certified in Texas. Braxton Bielski, an 18-year-old high school senior on his first alligator hunt, bagged the behemoth 800-pound, 14-foot, 3-inch gator during a recent public hunt on the James E. Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area.