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Alligator Hunters Enjoy Record Weekend

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Vicksburg, MS -

What are they feeding those alligators in Mississippi!!?? Hunting season just opened, here's first-time hunter Beth Trammel and her family showed off a huge one, which is a new state record...723.5 pounds. They caught the thing at night outside Vicksburg, and recorded video.

But, just when the Trammels thought they had closed the record books...Dustin Bockman and his hunting party were chasing another giant gator 40 miles north along the Mississippi River. They chased the animal for two hours with their bows, rods and reels, and it was too heavy to lift into their boat.

"It was ten times harder to put him in the boat than it was to actually kill him. We tried for four hours, every method we could think of, to try to put him in the boat. We finally got him rolled him in the boat with help," says Bockman.

By the time they got it to state officials, they were exhausted. But, according to the scales, they were the new record holders...nearly 13-1/2 feet and 727 pounds. The old record lasted just an hour.

"When I really got excited is when we finally got home because we didn't have a tape measure in the when we got home, he was bigger than any of us had guessed," Bockman says.

Across Mississippi, especially in the southern part of the state, alligator hunting is a both a sport and a tool...a good way to reduce the number of aggressive beasts showing up in backyards.

The record holders plan to eat their prize soon. We hear it tastes like chicken. Bockman says he also plans for a new pair of boots. "It being a state record, I'm gonna get it cut up, get the meat, tan the hyde...and get a bunch of stuff made out of it," he says.

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