Hunters in Alabama got the haul of a lifetime when they nabbed a 1,000-pound alligator.

The monster gator, measuring 15 feet long, was pulled from the water in southern Alabama over the weekend during the state's gator hunting season, according to

It's the largest gator ever legally killed in Alabama.

In fact, the creature was so big, state biologists had to use a backhoe to lift the animal for weighing. It broke a winch assembly used to weigh most gators.

The gator was caught by Mandy and John Stokes; and Kevin Jenkins and his children, 16-year-old Savannah and 14-year-old Parker, The Associated Press reported.

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