CLAIRBORNE COUNTY, Miss. — Mississippi’s alligator hunting season started last weekend, smashing state records and hitting national headlines. It was trending on Google, featured on NBS’s the Today Show, and aired CNN, Fox affiliate across the country, and other news organizations.
Two male gators, over 13 feet in length and 720 pounds, were caught within an hour of each over the weekend. Both shattered the previous state record of 697.5. The biggest one was 727 pounds and captured in the Mississippi River near Claiborne County by Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg.
Alligator season only lasts 10 days in Mississippi. Only 920 people were picked from 27,000 applicants this year. The last day of the season is September
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