Big alligators harvested in Pearl River over weekend | Community Spirit
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - This weekend's alligator hunts were delayed two weeks, but hunters more than made up for it and harvested some very large alligators.
This weekend, three alligators were harvested in the Pearl River Zone that were reported as more than 12 feet long:
- 12 feet 8 inches, weighed 480 pounds, taken by Kevin Deister of Brandon, MS
- 12 feet 7 inches, weighed 560 pounds, taken by Melita Breeden of New Hebron, MS
- 12 feet 1 inch, weighed 425 pounds, taken by Sonny Willis of Pope, MS
Ricky Flynt, MDWFP Alligator Program Coordinator said despite the delayed dates “it appears that more hunters were able to harvest larger alligators this weekend.”
“Favorable weather conditions have made for favorable hunting conditions. River levels are slightly high on the Pascagoula River due to recent rainfall, but hunters are still sighting enough alligators to be successful,” Flynt said.
Preliminary numbers as of Sunday evening showed 25 alligators were harvest in the Pearl River Zone during the second and final weekend of alligator season. Of those 25, 13 were recorded as more than 8 feet long and six were reported as more than 10 feet long, Flynt said.
So far this year, there have been 103 alligators reported harvested in the Pearl River and Pascagoula River Zones. The Pascagoula has one more weekend of hunting left, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.
A new alligator weight record was set the first weekend of alligator hunting season in Warren County. A 690.5 pound, 12-foot-7-inch alligator was taken on private land near Eagle Lake in Warren County.
In 2010, there were 224 alligators harvested -- 132 in the Pearl Zone and 92 in the Pascagoula Zone, according to MDWFP.
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