2017 West Central Alabama River Alligator Hunt Results Week 1

Patrick Stabler was mighty proud of his 12′ 7″, 607 pound alligator caught on the first night of the West Central Alabama River Zone hunt. Because of terrental rains, floating debris in the river and early morning fog, week one was a challenge for the 50 tag holders. Only 12 of the 50 tags were filled in week one. 21 tags were filled in week one of the 2016 season but Patrick’s gator was bigger than last years 12′ 6″, 562 pound big gator brought in by Jessica Guy Anderson.
(The above photo is featured on the front page print edition with an inaccurate description. We apologize for the confusion.)
Night 1 – 08/10/11/17:
01 – Janet Holt (Tallassee) – 7’ 9”, 109 lbs., M
02 – Wilford Holt (Tallassee) – 9’ 2”, 216 lbs., M
03 – Sam Scott (Monroeville) – 8’ 1”, 122 lbs., M

04 – Patrick Stabler (Frisco City) – 12’ 7”, 607 lbs., M

Patrick Stabler (Tag holder, Frisco City), J.T. Dailey (Camden) and Craig Gamble (Camden) with week one big gator they caught around Chilatchee Creek. Their gator was 12′ 7′, 607 pounds. Local tag holders who did not fill their tags the first week but have 3 more nights to hunt this week are Gary Walters, Don Lauderdale, Ryan Vick and John Stokes. All are reporting seeing and hooking up with some big gators but could not close the deal. It almost a certainty that one of these teams will bring in a huge gator in the next three nights of hunting. (Photo by Big Daddy Lawler)

 
Night 2 – 08/11/12/17
05 – Brent Hatcher (Wetumpka) – 8’ 2 ½”, 131.5 lbs., F
06 – Jeremy Guthrie (Ohatchee) – 8’ 6”, 152 lbs. lbs., M
07 – Brad Reaves (Ohatchee) – 7’ 3”, 86.5 lbs.,
 
Night 3 – 08/17/18/17
08 – Lewis Prince (Childersburg) – 7’ 9”, 126 lbs., F
09 – Rex Jones (Selma) – 7’ 7”, 93 lbs., M
10 – Ashley Sparks (Decatur) – 6’ 9”, 61 ½ lbs., M
11 – Sterling Brothers (Alexander City) – 8’ 11”, 175 ½ lbs., M
12 – Brad Kelly (Thorsby) – 8’ 4”, 129 ½ lbs., M
Roland Cooper State Park Manager, Wendy Smith, has been waiting for the gotor hunt since her and husband Richard took over the park a few months ago. The Tennesse couple said one of the reasons they chose to come to Roland Cooper was because of the gator hunt. (BDL Photo)
Big thanks to James “Big Daddy Lawler”, Commissioner Blankenship, and Director Sykes for their tireless contributions!

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