Hunter, 18, bags 800-pound Texas record alligatorMay 16, 2013
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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. Braxton and his father, Troy Bielski, were among 481 applicants vying for 10 alligator permits issued through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's public hunting program for a five-day hunt at the Daughtrey WMA. He's wanted to hunt alligators for years, said Troy, a Houston police officer who has applied annually to TPWD's special drawing hunts for the chance to fulfill his son's dream. We got selected one year to go on a youth hunt at the J.D. Murphree WMA, but I didn't get the permit in on time. I remember Brax was very disappointed. This is the first year we've had to enter him as an adult and we got drawn. The coveted permit provides the only opportunity to hunt and harvest an alligator on Choke Canyon Reservoir, situated within the Daughtrey WMA boundary. Each year, TPWD's public hunting program provides access to some of the state's high-quality managed wildlife habitat to about 5,500 hunters selected through random computer drawings. Wildlife management areas, state parks and leased private property are available for these supervised hunts for a variety of game, including: white-tailed deer, mule deer, pronghorn, javelina, alligator, exotics, feral hog and spring turkey. Through an application process, hunters select from 29 different hunt categories, including eight specifically for youth only, and choose a preferred hunt date and location from hunt areas stretching across the state. There's even a provision for hunting buddies to apply as a grou
Credit: Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
HOUSTON (AP) — An 18-year-old Fort Bend County high school senior has become the record holder for the heaviest alligator ever caught in Texas.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials have certified an 800-pound gator bagged last week by Braxton Bielski.
He was hunting with his dad and a friend, both Houston police officers, after they won a Parks and Wildlife drawing for a five-day permit to hunt in the Daughtrey Wildlife Management Area in South Texas, about 90 miles south of San Antonio.
Wildlife officials say the 14-foot-3-inch gator could be 30 to 50 years old. It was hooked on a line with raw chicken as bait, then shot. They had to pull the alligator alongside their flat-bottom boat across the lake to a beach area to lift it into their boat.