PETAL, MS (WDAM) - "If people tell you they aren't scared of an alligator, they should be. They get your blood going."
That's what Ronnie Clifton of Petal said about his hobby of alligator hunting. Little did he know he and his partner would break two state records with his latest catch.
Clifton and his partner Kenny Creshale of Morton were hunting on Davis Island Saturday when they stumbled upon two alligators fighting.
"That is something you never see, " said Clifton. "We saw it get out of the water from the fight and we knew that was the one we wanted."
According to Clifton, alligator hunting is very strict in the state.
"You can't bait them. You gotta hook him, and shoot them with a high-powered rifle, but only during the daylight hours."
Clifton said after a two day hunt, once they hooked the 14 foot, 826 pound animal, they knew they had something special.
"We hooked it, and it took quite a few people and about an hour and a half to bind it," said Clifton. "We killed it around 11:30 a.m."
Ricky Flynt of the Mississippi Wildlife and Fisheries Department went to the island and weighed the animal, according to Clifton. That's when it was announced that the pair had caught the longest and heaviest gator harvested in Mississippi.
"We weren't expecting to break any records, it feels good," said Clifton.
Clifton said although he is proud of the catch, he isn't done hunting.
"We are going to continue to hunt, and I hope to get something even bigger," said Clifton.