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Austin Decker, son of Adam and Tracie Decker of Mount Vernon, won an alligator youth hunt through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.Austin Decker, son of Adam and Tracie Decker of Mount Vernon, won an alligator youth hunt through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  He is a 16 year old sophomore at Mount Vernon High School.

He is the grandson of Emerson and Cynthia Kratz of Saltillo. He  hunted with his grandpa on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15 northwest of Palestine at the Engeling Wildlife Management Area.  He was allowed one chance to bait a hook with a chicken to catch a gator. On Sunday, when he checked the hook, he had caught an eight foot, 126 pound alligator.