This weekend, the first weekend of alligator season in Mississippi, two people broke the state record for the heaviest alligator that has been documented only hours apart.
The previous record for the heaviest alligator was 697.5 pounds, and it was taken from the Pascagoula River in 2008. This record was first broken by Beth Trammell who took a 13-foot, 5.5-inch long, 723.5-pound alligator early on Sunday morning in Issaquenna County in the Yazoo Diversion Canal. However, Trammell only held the record for approximately an hour before a new one was set once again.
Later on Sunday, Dustin Bockman, who is a UPS driver from Vicksburg, took the 727-pound alligator from the Mississippi River in Claiborne County. His alligator was 13-feet, 4.5-inches long. To assist him with the alligator, Bockman’s brother, Ryan Bockman, and his friend, Cole Landers was there.
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Catching this alligator was no easy task for Bockman. The alligator put up a fight and it took him, his brother, and his friend over an hour to get the alligator to them to where they could get a kill shot. “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 on Monday.
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