A pair of hunters in Florida found a fifteen-foot, 800 pound alligator when it was causing some trouble on a farm. Lee Lightsey, the owner of Outwest Farms in Okeechobee, and hunting guide Blake Godwin, discovered the alligator in one of their cattle ponds while on a guided hunt. They believe the gator had been feasting on the farm’s cattle.
“We discovered the remains of what we determined to be cattle in the water. We determined that he was in fact attacking our livestock as they came to drink,” Godwin told Fox13. They shot the alligator as it surfaced about 20 feet in front of the hunters. It’s shown in pictures that the alligator is so big they had to use a tractor to pull the monster out of the pond. “It is hard to believe that something this big exists in the wild,” Godwin said. “Hunting is a way of life for us and we are very proud of it.” According to Godwin, the largest alligator they had taken before Saturday’s hunt was just over fourteen feet long.
Outwest Farms has been guiding hunts for alligators, wild boar and turkey for eighteen years and Lightsey says that he has been hunting all his life. This is something they enjoy doing and they don’t plan to stop. This was only an encouragement for what they do. Not only do they continue to do this for fun, but to help others. Lightsey even has his own website where people can sign up for help and lessons on hunting.
The pair plan to donate the gator’s meat to charity and have the alligator taxidermied for display at their hunting shows and expos. This deal has brought great fame and attention to the farm and two hunters. It helps with their business and making it continue to grow. But it’s the pictures that bring the stories to the attention to most people.