As of 2015, the largest alligator on record is 741 pounds. It was caught in 2013 in Mississippi during an annual hunting tournament.
Hunters are given permits and allowed to kill two alligators each during an annual 7-day alligator hunting season in Mississippi. The hunting tournament prevents the alligators from overpopulating and becoming a problem. The State Wildlife department says this hunting is greatly needed according to the Independent. In 2013, Dalco Turner killed the record-setting alligator, which weighed 741.5 lbs and measured 13 feet, 6.5 inches, on September 8, 2013. That same week, a 723-lb. alligator and 727-lb. alligator were also captured and killed.