Crestview couple has hunt of a lifetime
James Powell and girlfriend Darlene Wilkinson had a monster of a hunting day last April during a trip to South Florida. Powell said they were riding along a canal on private land south of Lake Placid and west of Lake Okeechobee when they spotted an alligator close to the bank.
“I said, ‘OK girl, this is yours,’” Powell remembered. Wilkinson got out of the truck and set up for the shot, using a Remington .243automatic rifle. “She made the shot and was able to get it out of thewater. It was a nice 9-footer and weighed 250 pounds.”
Later in the day, the Crestview couple decided to take a break for lunch. As they were driving back through the gate, the driver pointed out a “monster gator” laying on the bank beside a small water hold.
“I get out of the truck to get a shot, but it goes into the water,” Powell said. “It just would not come up so I can get a shot, so we had to go and get a treble hook.”
The hook landed just right, the gator came up and Powell was able to make the kill shot.
“It was awesome! It was 11 feet, 1 inch, and weighed 400 pounds. It was a great hunt,” he said.
Wilkinson reported the gators were skinned, harvested for meat, hides tanned, and both heads were mounted.
“They look great,” she added.
Not to be forgotten, Powell was also able to get a 250-pound hog on this epic day.
“Hopefully with the good Lord above, we will be able to go again in 2018,” Powell said.