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Record-breaking alligator captured in opening weekend of hunting season

Record-breaking alligator
Photo courtesy of the MDWFP

Alligator hunting season is officially underway in Mississippi and a new state record has already been broken.

On Saturday, four hunters captured what the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks is confirming as the longest-harvested alligator in state history.

Tanner White of Flora, Don Woods Oxford, Will Thomas of Madison, and Joey Clark of Jackson hauled in a 14 feet, 3 inches long gator, weighing 802.5 pounds, with a belly girth of 66 inches and tail girth of 46.5 inches.

The previous record was established in 2017 by a hunting party near Natchez. The alligator weighed 766.5 pounds and was 14 feet, 3/4 inches long.

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