GON’s 2022 Gator Gallery

GON Staff | September 29, 2022

Zone 2, Seminole County: Jeffery Flanders, Jeff Flanders and Mason Mayo, all of Altha, Fla., with a gator from Aug. 20.

Gator season won’t officially close until Oct. 3, but this season already has been highlighted by some really big Georgia alligators. As we always enjoy doing in October, we show off the ones from folks who have taken the time to send in pictures and info. We hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we do.

If you’ve drawn a tag or been a part of a successful alligator hunt, we’d like to see yours photos. Drop us an email with some caption info to [email protected]. We’ll make sure to publish you in our online Trophy Room, and you may be published in a future GON magazine. Keep watching our Scrapbook department.

Zone 6, Satilla River: Here’s a 12-foot, 420-lb. gator taken in Woodbine on Aug. 20 at 1:30 a.m. The gator was killed by Craig Carver, Derek Carver and Brady Carver (pictured).

Zone 2, Lake Seminole: James Bond and Kyle Dowling with an 8-foot gator. It was their second-ever gator hunt, and both times they were successful. Both hunts were DIY. The first gator was taken in 2017 and was 9-6.

Zone 3, Lake Blackshear: Jeremy Herring, David Austin, Mike Austin and Rusty Tanner with their 11-3 gator from Aug. 20.

Zone 7, McIntosh County: Josh Smallwood, of Temple, with an 11-2 gator he took while hunting with Gary Frye of Happy Acres Expeditions.

Zone 2, Lake Seminole: Mark Quirk and his brother Charles found themselves as two exhausted men with a busted motor rolling on minimal sleep in 50 hours before killing this 13-5 alligator. Their full story called “13-5 Gator On Seminole Answers A Prayer” is at

Zone 2, Lake Seminole: Rob Godwin (right), of Powder Springs, with a Seminole alligator. The 9-1 gator came at 6:15 p.m. on Sept. 7. He was guided by Get-R-Done Alligator Guide and hunting with his buddy, Gordon Payne (left). It took Rob six years to draw a tag.

Zone 7, Glynn County: Tony Hardy with a 10-5 alligator that he and his son-in-law, Max Nichols, harvested on Sept. 10.

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