(L to r) Clayton Blackston, Bill Blackston and Allan Goff with their alligator. (photo provided by Bill Blackston)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) One group of Lexington men can cross 'gator hunting' off their bucket lists.
Bill Blackston, his son Clayton and son-in-law Allan Goff, drew a gator hunting permit that put them in the Georgetown permit area and when gator season opened on Saturday they were ready. Alligator permits are drawn by a lottery system in South Carolina.
"We got our gator on the way home. We had let go a 7-footer and we saw this guy. That gator put up an amazing fight that lasted about an hour and a half."
This was not the first time the trio had gone alligator hunting. Three years ago they drew a permit but didn't land anything. Last year, they didn't get picked for one of the permit.
"This is a story we will be telling for a long time. We harvested about 40lbs of meat. We just need to get some gator recipes, I'll be looking on the internet for that, " said Bill Blackston.
The alligator measured 10ft 3.25in and weighed over 300 lbs.
"I have a new respect for these wonderful reptiles after he gave us all we could handle in that epic 1.5 hour battle, and at one point he almost won."
South Carolina alligator season ends on October 12.