5 Yr old shoots gator

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    5 Yr old shoots gator

    Only in Texas, Imagine the father taught his son how to shoot at 4 years old. Sure came in handy!



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    Simon Hughes, 5, sits beside the 800-pound alligator he shot down in Texas.
    Texas-born Simon Hughes, 5, doesn’t look intimidating. But put a gun in his hands and pit him against an 800-pound alligator and it’s a different story.

    Simon's been training to handle a gun since he was just 4, his dad told MyFOXHouston — and it's a good thing, too, or else he could've gotten hurt by the mega-gator that wound up on the Hughes family ranch.

    The huge alligator bit into a baited hook in a marsh on the property, coming face-to-face with Simon. The boy reacted with lightning speed, grabbing his gun and shooting the reptile in the head.

    "It come out, the biggest alligator I've ever seen," Simon told MyFOXHouston. "He did his death roll."

    The reptile was nearly 20 times the 3-foot, 44-pound boy’s size. It didn't survive the shooting.

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    His dad Scott Hughes said there's a reason he started training his son, who is in kindergarten, to shoot guns at such an early age.

    "Everything on the ranch will either bite you or stick you," he told MyFOXHouston.

    Video•'Gator Bait'
    The little boy has now earned the nickname "Gator Bait."

    "Simon was a champ, couldn't ask for any better. He was just fearless," said Chuck Cotton, a family friend who witnessed the shooting.

    The family plans to cook up the meat to celebrate.

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    Great story! Must be a proud moment as a father and an experience a boy will never forget!
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    What kind of gun did he use?

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    Great story. Do you have a link to it?
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    Impressive...I bet he could guard the homefront, too.
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    Way to go "Gator Bait"!
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    With bird shot no less.
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    Outstanding!!!!

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    Get em started young, GREAT JOB GATOR BAIT !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by razz View Post
    What kind of gun did he use?
    .410 shotgun using bird shot! One shot in the dome! Stop a gator every time!
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    "He did his death roll."
    Indeed.

    Kudos to "Gator Bait"!

    The family plans to cook up the meat to celebrate.
    I had a string of bluegill fish cooked up, when I was 5yrs old. Not quite the same sense of achievement as would occur by defeating an attacking 800-lb alligator, though. Wow.
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    That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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    That is pretty cool. Very nice

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    The family plans to cook up the meat to celebrate.
    Going to do to the gator what he planned to do to them, oh and gator is some mighty fine eating.
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