Hunters catch massive alligator with bow fishing equipment | News
(WMC-TV) - Mississippi hunters set a record Sunday when they found a 13-foot-long alligator in the Mississippi River.
The animal weighed 727 pounds breaking the previous record of 698 pounds, according to a wildlife biologist. The oversized reptile was captured in the Mississippi River near the Big Black River in Claiborne County. Click here for more pictures.
Although, a couple of Oxford hunters were not too far behind the record. Their catch missed the mark by about a foot in length and 120 pounds in weight.
Oxford alligator hunters Dylan Williams and Roman Kling tracked down a scaly creature that weighs more than the two of them combined.
"We didn't have any idea he would be a 12 foot, one inch ... 575 behemoth," said Williams.
On Friday the duo combed the Pascagoula River in South Mississippi for the state's opening weekend of gator hunting. Kling was randomly picked to hunt alligators.
For these two, the hunt was for sport, but it can also help manage the population. Others sell the meat and hide. Both Williams and Kling hunted last year, but never expected to reel in a near 600 pound gator like this one – especially with bow fishing equipment.
"You're riding around and you're shining your big Q-beams at night and you can see their eyes shining and it's kind of an orange red color," said Williams. "We don't see that many gators around Oxford, but it was pretty cool when you get one. And the locals that seen them all the time are in awe like ... 'Those things really live out there.' "
As for what is left of the massive gator, Kling will get the head and Williams has agreed to take what's left of the hide.
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