- Category: Community News
- Published on 23 September 2013
- Written by Mount Vernon Optic-Herald
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.