727-pound alligator: A record-breaking alligator, weighing in at a whopping 727 pounds, was caught during the opening weekend of Mississippi's alligator season. The record-busting gator stretched over 13-feet, requiring a forklift just to lift the leviathan, reports NBC News on Sept. 2.
Dustin Bockman, a UPS driver from Vicksburg, pulled the alligator from the Mississippi River in Claiborne County. Its exact length was 13-feet, 4.5-inches long, just topping a previous record-setting gator.
A 13-foot, 5.5-inch long, 723.5-pound alligator was caught only hours earlier on Sunday in Issaquenna County.
The two gators busted the previous weight record of 697.5 pounds, although neither of Sunday’s gator catches was quite long enough to capture the 2008 length record, which remains at 13-feet, 6.5-inches.
Speaking of his giant gator, Bockman said it took hours to bring him in. Bockman and his crew – brother Ryan Bockman and friend Cole Landers – hooked the alligator with a crossbow before pulling it in close enough to shoot it with a shotgun.
“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 Monday.
The three-man team could not get the alligator into their boat, so they waited until the sun to rise before calling additional hunters to assist them.
“We killed the alligator at 4 a.m.,” Bockman said. “We waited until 6:30 a.m. before I called three or four more guys to help us load it into the boat.”
Mississippi’s annual gator season bring hundreds of hunters into the area in search of giant gators.