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3 Sep

Alligator hunters break size record within an hour of one other

Mississippi is only days into its alligator hunting season and three records have already been broken, some within hours of each other.

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Dustin Brockman and his friends with the 727-pound gator they caught Sept. 1. (Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks)

 On Sept. 1, Beth Trammell and her team caught a gator that weighed 723.5 pounds, breaking the state’s previous record of 697.5 pounds, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. But that record would be short lived, after Dustin Brockman and his group caught a gator weighing 727 pounds an hour later. Trammell’s gator was the longer of the two at 13-feet, 5.5-inches, just missing the length record by a measly inch.

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Beth Trammell and her team caught a gator that weighed 723.5 pounds, holding the size record for just one hour. (Photo Credit: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks)

 

 

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From the time each gator was captured, it took over four hours just for each team to load and transport the beasts.

Just two days before Trammell and Brockman made history, a hunting party led by Brandon Maskew caught a 10-foot, 295.3-pound female gator. His catch broke the weight and length records previously held for a female, according to Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.

Alligator hunting is legal in Mississippi with proper certification, but do you think deadly force was necessary to take any of these gators down? We know Paul and Jimmy, aka the Gator Boys, do everything in their power to capture these creatures without incident. Let us know your thoughts!

Check out the Gator Boys page at AnimalPlanet.com for pictures, video and more.

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