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Mississippi alligator hunters haul in two record-breaking catches over the weekend

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Record-breaking alligators caught within an hour of each other (Mississippi News Now)

Bert Case, WLBT-TV

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Miss. (Mississippi News Now) - Mississippi alligator hunters set multiple new records during the first weekend of alligator season.

A hunting party from Madison held the weight record for an alligator taken in Mississippi for about an hour.

Beth Trammell took the 13' 5.5", 723.5-pound alligator in the early morning hours Sunday in Issaquenna County. It broke the previous record of 697.5 pounds.

The new state record only lasted for about an hour though.

Dustin Bockman, a UPS driver from Vicksburg, took a 727-pound alligator in the Mississippi River near the Big Black River in Claiborne County. It was 13' 4.5" long.

"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.

Read more at MSNewsNow.com.

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