Hunters Take New Mississippi State Record Alligator

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The wild female gator measured 10 feet 2 inches long

Two Mississippi hunters have bagged a state-record alligator.

According to WJTV, on August 28, Jim Denson and Richie Denson of Madison took the new state record for the longest female alligator. The men were hunting on the Pearl River, just north of Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) says it measured 10 feet 2 inches long.

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Previously captured and tagged as “Yellow 410” by the MDWFP in 2009, the alligator also ties as a previous world record for the longest free-ranging wild female alligator, which was measured in Florida in 1984. Ricky Flynt, Alligator program coordinator for MDWFP, says that record was broken in Florida in 2021 with a female alligator that measured 10 feet 6.75 inches.

“We tagged this alligator on June 11, 2009 as part of a research project. At that time, the alligator also measured exactly 10 feet 2 inches and was captured within 100 yards of where the Densons killed the record alligator,” Flynt says.

Mississippi’s 2022 Public Waters Alligator Hunting Season opened August 26 and closed September 5. 

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