Bockman has stored his prize catch in a deer processor's walk-in cooler. He plans to keep some of the meat, give away most of it to friends, then get the hide tanned, mount the head and the mushroomed gun barrel on a plaque and display it to his friends.
But he has no illusions that his record will last long. "They could break my record tonight," he said. "There's bigger alligators out there."
And he need not worry about the restriction on size. Bockman's brother Ryan also won the lottery, granting him the right to bag an even bigger animal when they go out again later this week.