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Hunters kill record-setting 727-pound alligator

Dustin Bockman and two partners took 727-pound gator, now the state record. - See more at:
Dustin Bockman and two partners took 727-pound gator, now the state record. - See more at:
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Updated: 9/03/2013 10:49 am
MADISON, Miss. -- 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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nativejax - 9/4/2013 8:25 AM
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Of course backwoodsman, I don't mind them being hunted to keep them regulated for over population, for food/leather,or from eating pets and people. But I hate to SEE anything or anybody with an obvious bullet hole.

Chuckie - 9/4/2013 1:32 AM
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Great catch! Hope this season is a success. Amanda D. Please notice the snout crocodiles have a much more pointed snout. Fred T. It's a form of highly regulated hunting for the purpose of population control.

backwoodsman - 9/3/2013 8:04 PM
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and its not a saltwater crocodile its an American alligator.

backwoodsman - 9/3/2013 8:03 PM
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if some aren't killed, especially that size, they could easily kill anything it wanted. you would rather they wait till it eats someone

nativejax - 9/3/2013 2:20 PM
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I am disgusted...bad enough we kill them, but do we have to have pics of them with the bullet hole in his head.

Amanda Dawson - 9/3/2013 1:48 PM
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I'm pretty sure it's a salt water crocodile.

Fred Thompson - 9/3/2013 1:01 PM
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