A 727-pound alligator was killed using a single crossbow shot this week in Mississippi, leading a hunting team to claim the record for the heaviest gator ever caught in the state after hauling in the giant beast. Although an earlier record had been made this same weekend in Mississippi after another big alligator was caught along the river, it was quashed in less than hour by the finding and capture of the 727 pound, 13 foot monster, the CS Monitor reports this Tuesday, Sept 3.
The 727-pound alligator was found, shot and killed by crossbow this Sunday morning before Labor Day in Claiborne County, not far from the site of other major reel-ins lately. The prior state record was 697 pounds, so the latest catch is a huge jump on the weight scale, and quite the claim for the hunting party.
Only an hour after a record-breaking alligator was caught, Dustin and brother Ryan Bockman snared an even bigger gator, weighing over 727 pounds, with the help of some friends. Dustin Bockman, a UPS driver, said that the 13 foot beast put up a giant tussle, and it took over four hours to even bring the thing in for weighing.
A brief account of the capture and killing of the 727-pound alligator by crossbow is recorded below:
"After two hours of playing cat and mouse,” said a gator record official on the big catch, “Bockman got close enough to shoot the gator with a crossbow and got a buoy and line on the creature. Bockman then picked up a rod and reel and hooked the gator — so that the fight between man and really, really big beast began. For another two hours, “he would go to the bottom and sit like a log,” said Bockman. “You couldn’t do nothing with him.”
The 727-pound alligator might seem like a veritable monster at first, but when capturing the massive beast, the hunting team may not have considered “monster” an incorrect term to call the gator weighing so much and putting up such a fight.
"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 … We pulled his head up on the bank far enough he wouldn’t float away,” Bockman added. “He was so heavy he wasn’t going anywhere.”
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