Hunters catch record-setting 727-pound alligator in Mississippi

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Dustin Bockman, of Vicksburg, Miss., and his team of alligator hunters pose with the record-sized 727-pound alligator they caught in the Mississippi River in Claiborne County (Photo: Ricky Flint/Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks).

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. — Hunters in Mississippi broke two records for catching the heaviest alligator this weekend, within just an hour of each other.

According to the Department of Wildlife, a group of hunters from Madison were the first to break the weight record after they caught a 723.5-pound alligator early Sunday morning.

Fox News reported that first-time hunter Beth Trammell and her six-person crew spent two hours trying to wrestle the 13-foot 5.5-inch alligator into their boat.

Just an hour later, Trammell’s record was broken when Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg took in a 727-pound alligator, according to Mississippi Alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt. Bockman and two others were able to capture the 13-foot 4.5-inch gator after shooting the animal with a crossbow on the Mississippi River.

Bockman and his team now hold the current weight record for an alligator caught during hunting season in Mississippi. The length record stands at 13 feet 6.5 inches, set back in 2008 when an alligator was taken in on the Pascagoula River.

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