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New record gator bagged in MIssissippi

Posted: Updated: Sep 25, 2012 04:55 PM

FITLER, Ms., (KNOE 8 News) - A new record alligator has been set in Mississippi.

The new record has just been confirmed for the heaviest alligator taken by an alligator hunter in Mississippi. The old record was held by Brian Jackson in Issaquena County in 2011.

The new weight of 697.5 pounds exceeds the old record of 690.5 pounds.

Tom Grant of Boyle, Mississippi took the almost 14 footer on a private hunting club near Fitler, Mississippi, also in Issaquena County.

The new record for heaviest alligator was confirmed on Saturday, September 22. Grant's alligator becomes the new record for weight of a male alligator taken by an alligator hunter in Mississippi.

Grant's alligator was officially measured at 13 feet 11.22 inches long and had a belly girth of 65 inches and a tail girth of 45 inches.  Grant reported, "When we snagged the alligator with two rod and reel snatch hooks, we knew he was big, we just didn't know he would be this big." 

Grant was assisted by fellow alligator hunters Jim Reed, Michael Robbers, and Kenny Winter. 

Ricky Flynt, MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator, said, "This is not the first record to come from Issaquena County and probably will not be the last.  Much of the lower Delta region consists of private hunting clubs, private timber companies, large plantations, and wildlife management areas and national wildlife refuges.  These abundant and remote habitats have harbored large alligators for a very long time."

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