• Alligator

    Jay Leggette and Robert Mahaffey, both with the Hinds County Sheriff's Office, kneel beside Mahaffey's 756-pound Mississippi state-record gator caught early Saturday morning in the Southwest Zone in an unidentified feeder creek off the Mississippi River.

    State-record gator killed opening night of season

    Deputies 'arrest' 756-pound alligator to break last year's state record
    August 30, 2014 at 4:09pm
    The 1,011.5-pound, 15-foot gator was pulled from the Alabama River in Wilcox County, Ala. after an epic five-hour battle.

    Bama gator fuels Mississippi fever

    Story of 15-foot, 1,011.5-pounder fires up hunters
    August 20, 2014 at 1:30pm
    After destroying one winch, officials used a backhoe to weigh-in this big gator harvested near Camden, Ala. Saturday. The alligator, which tipped the scales at 1,011.5 pounds, had a 70.5-inch girth and a 16-inch snout.

    Potential world-record gator harvested Saturday morning in Alabama

    Monstrous 15-footer weighing 1,011 pounds taken from Alabama River
    August 19, 2014 at 9:00am
    The Pascagoula crew depends on a heavy Penn spinning combo, an aluminum gaff, a weighted treble hook attached to a length of 650-pound nylon rope, a Bowie knife and an externally powered spotlight to ensure success.

    Getting geared for gators

    Coastal group joins growing legion of Mississippi alligator hunters
    August 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    Before an alligator can be dispatched it must be secured properly. The mandatory training class for first timers covers recommended securing practices.

    Nearly 7,000 apply for hunts

    The 920 permits available statewide in 2014 were filled through a June drawing
    August 15, 2014 at 7:00am
    The Pascagoula crew, (left to right) Susannah Moore, Tammy Wood, Scott Gruel and Cory Moore, with their 2013 catch.

    Gator junkies ­— Tips for snagging a big alligator

    This coastal group joins growing legion of Mississippi alligator hunters. Here’s how they catch big, reptilian monsters.
    August 01, 2014 at 7:00am
    If you want in on the 2014 alligator hunting season, June 9 is your last day to submit an application.

    Deadline for alligator-hunting applications

    Traffic remains brisk for the 920 available permits statewide
    June 09, 2014 at 11:03am
    Dustin Bockman of Vicksburg with the 13-foot, 4-inch, 727-pound gator taken during the 2013 Mississippi alligator hunting season on the Mississippi River.

    Alligator applications pouring in

    4,350 apply during first four days of weeklong period
    June 05, 2014 at 5:03pm
    Prospective alligator hunters have a week to get their applications for the 2014 alligator-hunting season that begins at the end of August.

    Gator-hunting application process begins

    Prospective hunters have one week to apply for 920 permits
    June 02, 2014 at 4:07pm
    This record-breaking gator was caught during the 2013 alligator season. The application period for the 2014 season will be open June 2-9.

    Gator application period June 2-9

    A total of 920 permits available for 10-day season
    April 23, 2014 at 11:30am
    Biologist Ricky Flynt hopes to obtain new information about the wild alligator hatching process.

    Flynt’s latest gator project groundbreaking

    Video captures mama digging out hatchlings, moving them to water
    September 25, 2013 at 11:30am
    On Sept. 7, the hunting party of Ben Walker of Madison harvested a gator that broke the Mississippi alligator hunting length record for a male alligator. It measured 13 feet 7 inches and weighed 687.5 pounds. Pictured (left to right) are Louis Wilkenson, Squires Huff, Blake Stamps and Ben Walker.

    13-7: Gator season ends with another record

    Madison hunter captures longest ever on Yazoo River
    September 11, 2013 at 10:15am
    Left to right: Dalco Turner, John Ratcliff, Jennifer Ratcliff and Jimmy Greer were a part of the team that brought in Mississippi's new record for heaviest alligator.

    Gator record falls yet again

    Hunter's first alligator hunt ends with 741.5-pound monster
    September 09, 2013 at 12:00pm
    The team led by Brandon Maskew (right) of Ellisville caught this record 10-foot, 295.3-pound female alligator the opening weekend on the Pascagoula River.

    Crazy: 3 gators in 90 minutes, over a ton

    Alligator season on public lands continues through Monday
    September 09, 2013 at 10:20am
    The team of Beth (front left) and Rob Trammel (front right) caught this 723 1/2-pound alligator early Sunday morning on the Yazoo River diversion canal in Warren County. It held the state record for heaviest gator for one hour. Other team members (left to right, behind Trammels) are Amanda and Tommy Jackson, Parker Coleman and Sean King.

    Takes 2 nights but Team Trammel captures escape artist

    The 723½-pound gator only held state record for one hour Sunday
    September 03, 2013 at 11:00am
    This 727-pound alligator taken Sunday is the heaviest every taken during a Mississippi hunting season, and it missed being the longest gator on record by a mere 2 inches.

    Record gator didn't come easily, hunters say

    727-pound behemoth took three men on wild ride in the Big Muddy
    September 02, 2013 at 11:39am