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727-pound alligator caught, sets Miss. record

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Just three days into the start of Mississippi's alligator hunting season, state Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officials confirmed the state record for heaviest alligator has been broken -- twice.

MSNewsNow.com reports a group of hunters from Madison held the weight record for about an hour after taking in a 723.5-pound gator, beating the state record for heaviest male by 26 pounds.

Beth Trammell and her six-person crew spent two hours trying to wrestle the 13-foot 5.5-inch alligator into their boat after receiving help from two other hunters, according to the Hattiesburg American reported.

An hour later, the record set by Trammell and her crew was broken an hour later when Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg took in a 727-pound alligator, according to Ricky Flynt, Mississippi's alligator program coordinator.

Bockman and his two partners bagged the 13-foot 4.5 inch gator after getting close enough to shoot the animal with a crossbow on the Mississippi River, according to the Hattiesburg American.

Read more: Hattiesburg American and MSNewsNow.com