See a Texas Hunter Bring in a Huge Alligator

Written by Angie Menjivar
Published: July 26, 2022
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American alligators can be found in the southern parts of the United States, typically in swamps and rivers. They usually gravitate toward freshwater, but they are also able to tolerate salty water.

“Jack Does All” is an outdoors-focused YouTube channel that covers everything from hunting and fishing to traveling. The video starts with Jack explaining that he and his guides have set up a bait line in the pond. The guide throws in a couple of rocks to create a ripple effect that attracts gators.

Jack spots a gator and keeps the camera on it as it seems interested in the bait. Then, he realizes the bait has been chewed up and the stick that the bait was attached to is completely submerged—it’s time for Jack to catch his gator.

American alligators can reach speeds of up to 20mph in the water, so if you challenge one to a race, you’ll definitely lose.


Jack and his guides approach and he begins stepping down into the mud by the water with his rubber boots. He starts pulling on the line and says “He’s not fighting that much…”

“Not yet,” replies his guide.

He keeps steadily pulling on the line with his bare hands. Between the two men, they start guessing how large this gator is going to be—they assume somewhere between eight and nine feet. He keeps pulling, audibly exerting more power as he pulls this large gator toward him.

The gator can be seen thrashing in the water for a moment, creating several splashes as it battles against Jack. The battle continues and the camera cuts to another scene when the gator is much closer—Jack asks, “At what point do I get out of his way?”

Some amused, nervous laughter ensues.

The moments get tenser as the gator gets pulled closer and Jack’s foot gets stuck in the mud. Nevertheless, Jack continues to pull the gator in, and the gator keeps rolling, using its natural defense mechanism to get away.

Finally, the gator is only feet away and Jack is firmly planted on the grass instead of the mud. He pulls it in closer and you can begin to appreciate the size of this massive gator. Jack brings it in closer to the bank. The team speaks among themselves, guessing this gator weighs around 250 lbs.

Several minutes pass as the team comes up with a game plan. The guide continues the game of tug-of-war with the gator while Jack makes his way off to the side with a gun, ready to shoot the gator in the head.

He waits for instructions from the guide and takes the shot. The gator collapses—after checking its lifeless body, they realize it’s more of a 10-foot gator that weighs over 300 lbs.

“That’s going to be a lot of tasty barbecues,” Jack says as the video ends.

Watch as a Texas hunter bait and pull this massive gator in from a pond.

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About the Author

Angie Menjivar is a quirky cat mom with a love for books, thunderstorms, and comfy couches where she cozies up with her laptop to write her heart out. Her writing style combines engaging storytelling, vivid imagery, emotional resonance, and educational depth to create a compelling and informative reading experience for readers like you! Her passion and humor stamp her work with a voice all her own and her sense of wonder creates a fantastical narrative that allows you to explore the fascinating world of wildlife through new eyes.

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