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Attorney catches his first alligator, says head on law-office desk is 'great conversation piece'

Hunting alligators in Georgia, where bait is illegal, is no simple task, and it can take years just to get the required state tag.

But, after several years searching Lake Seminole near the Florida border, attorney Matthew Ericksen bagged one of the elusive reptiles last September with the help of a friend from college, the Daily Report (sub. req.) reports.

Now the taxidermied head of the more than 7-foot reptile sits on his desk at Gray, Rust, St. Amand, Moffett & Brieske. It is, Ericksen tells the legal publication, a “great conversation piece,” and he also plans to have boots made out of the skin. Meanwhile, Ericksen and his friend have been enjoying roughly 30 pounds of wild alligator meat.

Before moving to Georgia less than a decade ago and earning his law degree at Emory University, the young attorney didn’t even have alligator hunting on his radar screen. But he happened across alligator-hunting information one day while he was online to apply for a fishing license.

“When I saw that, I just thought that was the wildest, coolest thing I’d ever seen,” he says, adding: “Growing up in Colorado, an alligator is as exotic as anything you can think of.”

For more details about the alligator hunt, read the full Daily Report (sub. req.) article.

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