CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) Alligator hunters in Mississippi are in full swing with the season starting on August 30. On Sunday, Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg, MS caught a huge record breaking alligator on the Mississippi River near the Big Black River in Claiborne County.
The alligator measured 13 foot, 4.5 inches and weighed 727 pounds. This is now the current weight record alligator from a hunt in the state of Mississippi.
Mississippi hunters are allowed to hunt alligators on public lands from August 30 – September 9. If you are on private land, you can hunt through September 23.
Alligators are found all over the state of Mississippi with the majority of them in bottom 2/3 of the state below Hwy 82. For the most part, alligators avoid humans but there have been cases where they have caused conflicts.