It took Beth Trammell and her team of six people an hour and a half to bring down the 723-pound beast after it became hooked on their lines. Trammell told the Clarion-Ledger that when the alligator finally surfaced beside the boat, she screamed, “Oh, my gosh. It’s the Loch Ness monster.” After another two hours, and the assistance of a few extra hunters, the alligator was hoisted into their boat and taken back to shore to be weighed and measured, and a new, albeit short-lived, state record was set.
The previous weight record was 697.5-pounds, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. The state’s alligator hunting season, sponsored by the department, ends on Sept. 9. Hunters must apply for permits and attend alligator hunting training courses if they are selected through the department’s lottery.
“We chased him for about two hours,” Dustin Bockman told NBC News. “Then we got a shot on him.” After the first crossbow shot hit the alligator, it took an additional two hours before Bockman and his team could take down the reptile with a shotgun. They were unable to get the gator into their boat, so they waited until sunrise and called a few fellow hunters to help them load their record-breaking catch.
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