There are big raccoons, and then there are BIG raccoons.
Two brothers appear to have snagged the latter in northern Missouri during hunting season, shattering a new state record.
The Missouri Department of Conservation said Couper Simmons harvested a 35-pound raccoon while hunting with his brother Hunter Simmons in Worth County. They contacted a conservation agent who weighed the raccoon on a certified scale.
The current Missouri state record raccoon is 28 pounds, 8 ounces.
New records are determined at the end of the hunting and trapping seasons, which end at the end of February. Extended trapping season on private land is from March 1 to April 14.
Congratulations, Couper and Hunter! That’s one BIG catch.