Just three days into the start of Mississippi’s alligator hunting season, the state’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks reports the state record for heaviest alligator has been broken — twice.
A group of hunters from Madison held the weight record for about an hour after taking in a 723.5-pound gator, beating the state record for heaviest male by 26 pounds.
Beth Trammell, a first-time hunter, and her six-person crew spent two hours trying to wrestle the 13-foot 5.5-inch alligator into their boat after receiving help from two other hunters.
About an hour later, Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg took in a 727-pound alligator. Bockman and his two partners bagged the 13-foot 4.5-inch gator after getting close enough to shoot the animal with a crossbow on the Mississippi River.
“He broke all the lines we could put in him. Finally put a snare on him and got him up high enough and put a shot on him. All in all probably took us four and a half hours to catch him from the first time we saw him,” Bockman said.