Record setting gator season - - Jackson, MS

Record setting gator season

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By Bert Case - bio | email

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Alligator hunting season on the Pearl River and Barnett Reservoir ended with an all-time record 132 gators harvested during two weekend hunting periods. 

The record length alligator for this season still belongs to Cory Rawson of Carthage. His gator weighed 464 pounds and was 12 feet 2 inches long. He had a team of six people catch the gator the first weekend of the season.   

The second largest gator caught this past weekend was 10 feet 11 3/8ths inches. It was caught by permit holder Allison Butler of Brandon and her team. She is a nurse at University Medical Center. 

Alligator program coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, Ricky Flynt, was very pleased with the way the season went. 

Teams were required to first capture a gator between four and seven feet, before they went after a larger one. At least one team cheated and got caught violating that law about four miles north of Highway 43 north of Horse Shoe Lake. They got the big one first and tied it to a tree, then went looking for the smaller one.  Conservation officers were waiting for them. 

Flynt would not release their names, because the investigation is still underway and might lead to more charges.   

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