727-pound alligator shot with crossbow
727-pound alligator sets new record in Mississippi. Dustin Bockman, a UPS driver from Vicksburg, took the 727-pound alligator in the Mississippi River. It was 13-feet, 4.5-inches long.
During the first weekend of Mississippi's alligator season a hunting party from Madison held the weight record for an alligator taken in the state. But the record only lasted about an hour.
Beth Trammell took a 13-foot, 5.5-inch long, 723.5-pound alligator early Sunday in Issaquenna County in the Yazoo Diversion Canal. It broke the previous weight record of 697.5 pounds.
However, Mississippi Alligator program coordinator Ricky Flynt tells WLBT TV that one hour after he certified Trammell's record, he certified another record-breaking gator.
Dustin Bockman, a UPS driver from Vicksburg, took the 727-pound alligator in the Mississippi River in Claiborne County. It was 13-feet, 4.5-inches long. Bockman's brother, Ryan Bockman, and friend Cole Landers assisted him.
"After two hours of playing cat and mouse, Bockman told the Hattiesburg American, he got close enough to shoot the gator with a crossbow and got a buoy and line on the creature. Bockman then picked up a rod and reel and hooked the gator — and the fight between man and really, really big beast began. For another two hours, “he would go to the bottom and sit like a log,” said Bockman. “You couldn’t do nothing with him.” Bockman said the reptile would make 40-yard runs and then sit again.
The current length record remains 13-feet, 6.5-inches. That alligator was taken on the Pascagoula River in 2008.
Brandon Maskew of Ellisville set a record for a female alligator. Maskew took the 295.3 pound alligator Friday night in the Pascagoula River. The alligator was 10' long and is now the current length and weight record.