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FL friends catch 12-foot gator

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VENICE, FL (WFLA) -

Two friends on a hunting trip ended up catching a 12-foot gator.

Hank Duyn and Shawn Koss were in a 14-foot John boat on the Myakka River, Monday, when they made the catch.

Alligator season opened on August 15 and runs through November 1.

The Duyn's said the alligator is will soon be on display at the Snook Haven Restaurant in Venice.

With alligator season underway, more and more hunters are reporting their catches. In Escambia County, several friends managed to capture a 600-pound gator near the Perdido River. That alligator was more than 13-feet long.

State officials said less than a dozen alligators each year are over 13-feet in length.

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