Hunters smash Mississippi alligator record - three times in a week

Hunting alligators is a big deal in Mississippi. And they got them some BIG alligators.

Hunters smash Mississippi alligator record - three times in a week

Hunting alligators is a big deal in Mississippi. And they got them some BIG alligators.

So big, in fact, that in the past week the state record for biggest-ever 'gator caught by hunters has been broken not once, not twice - but three times

'Gator hunters Jimmy Greer, Dalco Turner, Jennifer Ratcliff and John Ratcliff with their record setting catch, a 741.5lb male caught Sunday morning. Picture: AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Brian Albert Broom)

The record catches came during the state's annual alligator hunt, which closed yesterday and which the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks says is crucial for controlling the reptile numbers in areas where the population is abundant.

The lottery-style hunt sees some 923 people given permits to catch two 'gators each.

As the hunt got underway last week Beth Trammell - aka 'The Alligator Queen' broke the state record with a 723.5lb beast, below:

(Picture: MDWFP)

Beth's record stood for just an hour before being shattered by Dustin Bockman with his massive 727lb haul.

(Dustin Bockman and hunting friends. Picture: MDWFP)

Then, on Sunday morning, rookie hunter Dalco Turner brought to boat a monstrous 741.5lb bull 'gator from a backwater area of the Mississippi River.

“It was around midnight when we initially saw this one,” Turner told the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi.

“We passed it by the first time. We really didn’t think he was big enough to go after.”

Coming back through the area a while later, the team got hooks and lines into the beast.

“He broke three lines, and I had the only hook that stayed in him the whole time,” said Turner.

She described how the hunting group had the animal subdued and despatched within an hour - but as he was too big to get into the boat, they could do nothing but drag him into shallow water until help arrived.

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