PHOTOS: Men land huge gator in ‘Swap People’ adventure

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NEW MARKET, Ala. – Thousands of people have pledged their allegiance to the “Swamp Nation” and proudly follow weekly cable episodes featuring “King of the Swamp” star, Troy Landry.

But, few people in Alabama actually get to experience an action-packed alligator hunt in real life.

At least one Madison County man is feeling like he might be figuratively crowned the “Prince of the Swamp” following a weekend hunting adventure in south Alabama.

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Mark Vickers is still smiling days after he harvested his first gator, a big one at that, measuring 11’4” and weighing 460 pounds.

Vickers got randomly drawn by the state for one of 50 tags available in the west-central hunt zone near Selma. gator-weigh-in

“In all honesty, it’s probably one of those once in a lifetime adventures, ” Vickers said.

They spotted the gator within eight minutes of being on the water and the fight was on.

Unlike the cable show “Swamp People,” which is based in Louisiana, Alabama gator hunters have to first restrain the gator before they can dispatch a fatal gun shot.

Doing that involves a variety of tactics which can include a fishing pole, a bow and arrow and a harpoon to name a few.

In the process of trying to capture the gator, Vickers landed in the murky river water.

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Editor’s Note: The author of this story is the wife of the hunter.