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Sep 20, 2013 12:08 AM by Erin Steuber

Meet the 10-year-old 'Junior Expert' of Gator Hunting

A story for the likes of David and Goliath. David in this case is a 10-year-old girl from Abbeville up against the alligators of South Louisiana. The end of gator season is two weeks away but it hasn't stopped hunters from coming across record-breaking beasts. This past weekend, a whopping 760-pound gator was caught in West Baton Rouge Parish. And last week, a gator weighing in at a 727-pounds. Now, we're along for a gator hunt. The hunter a 60 pound, 5th grader, on the hunt for a colosal catch. She may look small, but 10-year-old Annalise tessier can hold her own, especially when it comes to hunting alligators.

"I wouldn't consider myself an expert," said Annalise.

"What would you consider yourself?," said KATC's Erin Steuber.

"I would consider myself a junior expert," said Annalise.

She and her father Joe go out every night to try and fill their tags during gator season. The largest she's ever wrangled is 10-foot-8-inches.

"You don't get nervous?," said Steuber.

"I just stay calm and I pray," said Annalise.

Several of their lines came up empty. It seemed we weren't going to be seeing any alligators.

"We have two more lines where we caught the seven footer," said Annalise. "I've tried with a seven footer, me and my friend, but my dad had to help us get him in the boat."

Moments later we came up on a downed line and it was time for the junior expert to spring into action, with only a little help from her dad. Annalise pulled the seven-foot-one-inch gator out of the water, and let me step in to help. But at the end of the day, for Annalise's father Joe, it's all worth it for the memories made.

"For me it's about the experience for Annalise. It's not about the money, it's about getting out there and having a good time with her," said Joe.

And for Annalise this is only the beginning of a life-long hobby.

"I've thought about it and I want to," said Annalise.

This was the Tessier last tag for the season.

The gator hunting season ends:

East Zone: Opens: August 28th, 2013, Closes: September 26th, 2013

West Zone: Opens: September 4th, 2013, Closes: October 3rd, 2013

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