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Hunters nab 11-foot, 520-pound gator

COLUMBIA, S.C., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A group of South Carolina alligator hunters said they bagged an 11-foot, 520-pound gator on the opening weekend of the monthlong hunting season.

Jonathan Martin said he and his father, Marion, along with colleagues Tim Fields and Dennis Seay, nabbed the mammoth alligator Tuesday in a secret spot of the Santee swamp, south of Columbia, where they have had success in previous years, The (Rock Hill) Herald reported Wednesday.

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"You could see even before we boated it, it was plenty big," Marion Martin said.

The Martins said they plan to mount the gator's head, dry its hide and save the tail for meat.

"This gator was plenty big. Not a record, no, but I am pleased," Jonathan Martin said.

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