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Louisiana Swamp near Pierre Part, Louisiana, filming location for the History Channel's Swamp PeopleLouisiana Swamp near Pierre Part, Louisiana
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Welcome to the Swamp!

It's the dawn of a new alligator season in Louisiana!

The stories and adventures of alligator hunters in Louisiana are being told in the TV series "Swamp People" on the History Channel.

The show follows a group of alligator trappers during the 30-day Louisiana alligator season in various areas of South Louisiana, including the huge Atchafalaya Swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin in south central Louisiana.

After a successful debut in August, 2010, Swamp People has become a runaway hit on the History Channel.

The new Season 5 of Swamp People began on Monday, February 3, 2014 at 9pm/8C.

Where the TV Series "Swamp People" Is Filmed in the Louisiana Swamps

South Louisiana is a delicate, complex combination of swamps, wetlands, bayous, marshes, estuaries, and river delta area where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge.

The Louisiana AlligatorThe Louisiana Alligator
(courtesy of the Louisiana Office of Tourism)

It is often called "America's Wetland", and is navigated by the alligator hunters in a variety of motor boats, airboats, and piroques.

Various segments of "Swamp People" are filmed around South Louisiana, including Bayou Sorrel, Bayou Pigeon, Pierre part, Morgan City, Houma, Pecan Island, Conway Bayou, and other locales.

See map below for more details of Swamp People filming locations.

Celebrities and Cast of Characters on Swamp People

Several of the alligator hunters have become TV celebrities, including Troy and Jacob Landry, Elizabeth Cavalier Choate, Bruce Mitchell, Junior Edwards, and others.

Troy Landry and his Sons Jacob, Chase and Brandon

"This is our life in the big swamp land ...
We live down south in Louisian!"

... Troy Landry song lyrics we love!

Troy Landry has spent the last three decades earning his reputation as king of the swamp men. "Choot 'em" is a phrase heard often on Swamp People as Troy finishes off another prey and tags another giant gator.

Troy works out of his home town of Pierre Part, a small community deep in the swamp close to the cities of Donaldsonville and Thibodaux, and Lake Verret. He always wears his "lucky shirt", a blue Ralph Lauren striped polo shirt!

Troy's son Jacob Landry is now a gator boat veteran. In Season 3, Jaco took on new responsibilities as captain of Troy’s second boat. In Season 5, Jacob will be helped by a family friend, Marie LaCote. Chase Landry is Troy Landry’s youngest son, and in Season 4 he teamed up with his father.

In Season 5, helping Troy in his boat, is Troy's 15 year old nephew, Holden Landry.

Canal with marsh grass at Pecan Island, Louisiana Canal at Pecan Island, Louisiana
(photo by the author)

Elizabeth "Liz" Cavalier

After Troy Landry hired her as his helper in Season 2, Elizabeth Cavalier quickly proved her gator hunting abilities, and earned the nickname “Lucky Liz”, and "Gator Queen".

A native of Pierre Part and now a resident of Pecan Island, Liz grew up in the marsh south of Houma, and has been around alligators all her life.

This year, in Season 5, Liz's daughter Jessica is helping in the boat. Their goal is to use all of the 425 gator tags that have been alloted to them.

Liz now has a second boat, with her husband Justin as captain, and long-time swamper Glenn Guist as helper.

Liz's friend Kristi Broussard who has helped in previous seasons, is now married, and pregnant. Kristi was born in Forked Island, Louisiana, a small community located near Intracoastal City, between Abbeville and Pecan Island. Kristi is a true Cajun, and former Navy veteran, who owns a ranch in South Louisiana where she breaks horses.

R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere

A Native American hunter from the Houma area, R.J. Molinere made a name for himself in Season 2 by catching some of the season’s biggest gators amongst his 200 gator tags. A two-time world champion arm wrestler, R.J., working with his son Jay Paul Molinere, an expert sharpshooter, had another big trapping year in Season 4.

For the past few years, R.J. and Jay Paul have not been able to hunt near their home. In Season 4, they were able to get their local tags back and R.J. was back on his own familiar turf.

In Season 5, R.J. and Jay Paul tackle an area known as Bayou Creole that has not been hunted for years, and is teaming with giant alligators.

The Edwards Family: Junior, Willie and Randy

Junior Edwards is a legendary gator hunter, and has spent over 30 years mastering the alligator, working out of Bayou Sorrel. He's well known for developing his signature three-hook “treble hook” that he uses to bag gators in open water, working with his son Willie Edwards. Junior's wife also helps in the boat from time to time.

Bayou scene in South Louisiana near Pierre PartLouisiana bayou near Pierre Part
(photo by the author)

Junior's youngest son and Willie's brother, Randy Edwards, spends most of the year working as a commercial fisherman and hunter. Willie and Randy grew up in the bayou country together, and today they continue to live close to each other. Randy is a tough swamper, just like his brother, and in Season 5 he is back to help the Edwards family once again strike fill a bunch of gator tags.

Bruce Mitchell and Ron Methvin

A lifelong swamper, Bruce Mitchell is a bit of a renegade, but an experienced gator hunter. He hunts, usually with his dog Tyler in the boat, in the swamps around his home in the Hammond, Louisiana area near Ponchatoula.

Although Bruce has always hunted alligators alone, beginning in Season 3 he is accompanied by Ron Methvin, a trained sharpshooter and military veteran who served in Afghanistan.

T-Roy Broussard and Harlan "Bigfoot" Hatcher from Texas

Troy Broussard and Harlan Hatcher hunt in the swamps around Beaumont, Texas, just across the border from Louisiana. Since the hunting season in Texas begins 10 days later than it does in Louisiana, the duo plan to spend the extra days in Louisiana as a "warm-up" for Texas this year. They've made a deal with a Louisiana landowner that will provide them with the tags they’ll need to get started.

David LaDart and Jeromy Pruitt

David LaDart is Jeromy Pruitt's stepfather and taught Jeromy how to hunt gators. The guys have been known to wrestle and lasso some of the biggest gators in Louisiana. Jeromy has been granted special access to hunt on a local nature reserve and is determined to set the state record this year.

In Season 4 they concentrated on catching gators in North Louisiana, but in Season 5 they head for South Louisiana in their RV, hoping to fill the 150 gator tags they have.

Terral Evans and Johnny Panks

Terral Evans is a long-time nuisance hunter around Honey Island, in Eastern Louisiana near the Pearl River and Mississippi.

In Season 5, he teams up with Johnny Panks to rid the area of some huge nuisance gators.

Roger Rivers

Native American Roger Rivers knows how to catch anything, including wild hogs, 100-pound turtles, 75-pound catfish, and alligators. He'll be catching gators in different areas of Louisiana in Season 5.

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Roger, an Apache Indian, lives with his wife and family in Zwolle, in northwest Louisiana, between the cities of Many and Mansfield.

In September of 2011, he wrestled and captured a 12 foot, 7 inch, 1,100-pound gator to fill one of the only two tags he was allowed for Toledo Bend Reservoir. Toledo Bend is a massive body of water straddling the border between Louisiana and Texas.

Rivers also catches logger-head (Alligator Snapping) turtles every year between March and August.

Map of Swamp People Filming Locations in South Louisiana (mouseover the map for details)

Map of Swamp People Filming Locations in South Louisiana - Pierre Part, Pecan Island,  Bayou Sorrel, Bayou Conway, Ponchatoula, Houma Honey Island, Louisiana Pierre Part Louisiana, home of Troy Landry, Chase Landry, Jacob Landry and Brandon Landry Bayou Sorrel, home of Junior Edwards and Willie Edwards on Swamp People, south of Grosse Tete and west of White Castle Port Sulphur, Louisiana, in the Mississippi River Delta and near the Gulf of Mexico Pecan Island, Louisiana, near Vermilion Bay and South of Abbeville and Lafayette ... alligator hunting territory for Liz and Jessica Cavalier Morgan City, Louisiana, on the banks of the Atchafalaya River Houma, Louisiana, near Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Dulac and Chauvin ... hunting around Houma are R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere Ponchatoula and Hammond, near the alligator hunting grounds of Bruce Mitchell Kraemer Louisiana, near Lac des Allemands, alligator hunting grounds of Tom Candies and ZZ Loupe

The American Alligator: the Subject of the Hunt on Swamp People

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The American alligator is the largest reptile in North America. The first reptiles appeared 300 million years ago and ancestors of the American alligator appeared 160 million years ago.

Males can grow to approximately 13'+ in length and attain weights of nearly 1,000 pounds. Females can grow to approximately 9' in length and 400+ pounds.

Alligators have been harvested in the Louisiana swamps for over 200 years. These huge, dangerous reptiles are harvested for their skins which are used to make boots, shoes, belts, and saddles, and in years past their oil was used to grease steam engines and cotton mills. Their meat is also considered a delicacy.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) allocates a set number of alligator tags each season to licensed alligator hunters. To obtain a license, the alligator hunter submits an application form including a legal description and map of the property to be hunted, and a landowner’s permission for the hunter to harvest alligators on the property. Once the season begins, and as hunting occurs, a tag is attached to the tail of the alligator after the reptile is landed.

In the late 1980s, alligator prices peaked at over $40/foot, but by 2010 a big size gator went for only $15/foot. Prices went up again in 2011: 5’ gators were worth $4/foot whole, and $6/foot skinned. A whole 8-foot alligator might be worth $22/foot in 2011, and a skinned one could sell for $24/foot. Any gator 9-feet or longer was worth $26/foot whole and $28/foot skinned.

Currently over 2,000 licensed alligator hunters harvest 30,000 to 35,000 wild alligators annually in Louisiana

Swamp People Episode Guide

Episode
Season 1 - 2010
Season 2 - 2011
Season 3 - 2012
Season 4 - 2013
Season 5 - 2014
01
Big Head Bites It Gator Gauntlet Gator Gold Rush Swamp Invaders Once Bitten (2/3/14)
02
Houdini's Last Escape Hunter or Hunted No Guts, No Gator Texas Hold 'Em Aerial Assault (2/10/14)
03
Troy's Gamble Shooting Wild Divide to Conquer Floating Dead Gator Jacked (2/17/14))
04
Cannibal Gator First Mates Monster Marsh Bad Mojo  
05
Force of Nature Hot Pursuit Avenged Blood Lines  
06
Family Feuds Dark Waters Tree Breaker 2 Waging War  
07
Swamp Wars Deadly Skies Something Wicked This Way Comes Deadly Chill  
08
Gator Voodoo Rising Sons Rising Waters No Surrender  
09
Final Countdown Full Moon Fever Rebound Breaking Point  
10
The Last Battle It's Personal Gates of Hell Cursed  
11
  Beat the Clock Under Siege Ride Or Die  
12
  Rising Pressure Secret Weapons Devoured  
13
  House Divided Scorched Young Blood  
14
  Two Captains, One Family Voodoo Bayou Deadly Duo  
15
  2 Days to Tag Out Turf War Lightning Strikes  
16
  Swamp Showdown Big Gators, Big Dollars Sabotaged  
17
  Swampsgiving Never Say Die Down Goes the King  
18
    Cold Blooded Blood Runs Deep  
19
    King of the Swamp Beast of the East  
20
    Man Down The Reaper  
21
    Fight to the Finish Deadly Divide  
22
    Endgame No Tomorrow  
        Swampsgiving 2  
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During filming of the episode "Something Wicked This Way Comes", the alligator hunters had to deal with another force of nature. Tropical Storm Lee reached a maximum intensity of 60mph while still in the Gulf of Mexico south of Louisiana, and came ashore with 45mph winds on the coast southwest of Lafayette.

These are some of our favorite episodes from Seasons 1, 2 and 3: Big Head Bites It, Rising Pressure, Gator Gauntlet, House Divided, Dark Waters, Force of Nature, King of the Swamp, and Divide to Conquer. Visit the History Channel for details on Swamp People episodes

Louisiana on Reality TV

Louisiana is a popular setting for the movie industry, and several hit reality TV shows on the History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, CMT, and other cable networks.

The state has become an exciting location featuring a diversity of towns and subjects for reality television for three main reasons: 1) tax credits and incentives, 2) mild year-round weather, and 3) interesting, likable, real-world characters.

According to a report prepared by the Louisiana Office of Entertainment Industry Development, Louisiana has had five consecutive years of economic growth in the film and music industry.

The report also recognizes Louisiana as ranked third in film and television production nationwide behind only California and New York.

Who We Are

Our ancestors are all Cajun, and our family roots are from the Bayou Lafourche area, the nearby towns of Paincourtville, Napoleonville, Plattenville and Labadieville ... and the Louisiana swamp.

We are a mixture of Boudreaux, Fremin, Gautreaux, Thibodeaux, Prejean, and Bourg. My grandfather worked in the sugar cane fields along the bayous and my father in the sawmills in White Castle along the Mississippi River. We love crawfish, Boudin, Andouille sausage, Crawfish Etouffee and Bisque ... and alligator!

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Things Troy Landry says ... a YouTube video uploaded by the History Channel

Troy Landry talks about "One Eye" on a YouTube video uploaded by the History Channel

"Swamp People" Super Bowl ad ... video uploaded by the History Channel

R.J. Molinere and Jay Paul Molinere ... on YouTube

 

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