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Hunters kill record-setting 727-pound alligator

By Joe Kelley

Mississippi has opened their alligator hunting season and within the first three days, the state record for the largest alligator has been broken -- twice. 

The first record was broken by a group of hunters from Madison when they bagged an alligor that weighed in at 723.5 pounds, which beat the previous heaviest male gator by 26 pounds. 

Yet, about an hour later, another group of hunters nabbed a 727-pound gator. The gator was shot and killed with a crossbow and measured 13-feet 4.5 inches. 

"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 told

The heaviest alligator ever on official record - 1043 lbs - 1989, just outside of Gainsville Fla.



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