First time hunter Beth Trammell (and her six man team) celebrated her initiation into Mississppi’s alligator season by breaking the state’s record with the capture of a 13-foot 5.5 inch long, 723.5 pound gator only to have it broken an hour later when Dustin Bockman, his brother Ryan and friend Cole Landers bagged a 13 foot 4.5 inch long 723.5 pound monster using a crossbow.
"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. We pulled his head up on the bank far enough he wouldn’t float away.“He was so heavy he wasn’t going anywhere.” All in all probably took us four and a half hours to catch him from the first time we saw him," Bockman, a UPS driver from Vicksburg told MSNewsNow.com. adding that they dragged its head far enough up the bank so it wouldn’t float away.“
The giant gator was caught in the Mississippi River near Black River in Claiborne County on only the third day of Mississippi's alligator hunting season. This year’s hunt ends September 9th.