On Sept. 28, Robert Hennis, his son Joel, Rev. John Benandini Jr., and Tommy Strawn pulled the massive reptile from Turtle Bayou, near Anahuac in Chambers County, Texas.
They used bayou mullet to catch the somehow elusive creature — which was behind Robert’s home. It took four 800-pound paracords to bring the gator up to the surface of the water.
Most of the meat harvested from the gator, which was brought to Porter’s Processing, a wild game processing farm in Anahuac, is being donated to local church parishioners.
Joel and his father took around 10 pounds of meat from the alligator’s jowls and are having a full-body mount made of its carcass.