The Magnolia State’s record books took a beating last week with two groups of hunters laying claim to two different behemoth alligators both weighing more than 700 pounds. On Sunday those record-sized reptiles were yet again eclipsed by an even bigger 741-pound beast out of the Mississippi River. According to The Clarion-Ledger, the new record was harvested by Dalco Turner, who was accompanied by John Ratcliff, Jennifer Ratcliff, and Jimmy Greer. The hunting trip, which took place near Port Gibson, was originally meant to be a celebration hunt for John Ratcliff and his bride-to-be Elizabeth Greer. Greer was forced to cancel on the trip and Ratcliff instead took his future father-in-law for a gator chase.
“It was around midnight when we initially saw this one,” said Turner. “We passed it by the first time. We really didn’t think he was big enough to go after.”