MDWFP confirmed the new record for heaviest alligator on Saturday, September 22. The new record alligator was harvested by the hunting party of Tom Grant of Boyle, MS on a private hunting club near Fitler, Mississippi in Issaquena County. The new weight record of 697.5 pounds exceeds the previous record of 690.5 pounds, which was held by Brian Jackson of Brandon on private lands in Issaquena County in 2011. Grant’s alligator becomes the new record for weight of a male alligator taken by an alligator hunter in Mississippi.
The current hunter-harvested length record for Mississippi is 13 feet 61″2 inches. Grant’s alligator was officially measured at 13 feet 11″2 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.”