Swamp People on History Channel


Welcome to the Swamp!

Louisiana Swamp near Pierre Part, Louisiana, filming location for the History Channel's Swamp People
Louisiana Swamp near Pierre Part, Louisiana (photo by the Louisiana-Destinations staff)

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 60-day Louisiana alligator season in various areas of South Louisiana, including the huge Atchafalaya Basin Swamp in the Atchafalaya Basin in south central Louisiana.

After a successful debut in August, 2010, Swamp People has become a popular hit series on the History Channel, with 194 episodes produced through 2020.

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

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

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.

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

Louisiana is divided into east and west alligator hunting zones. The east zone opens the last Wednesday of August; the west zone opens the first Wednesday in September. Each zone remains open for 60 days from the opening date

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 on this page for more details of Swamp People filming locations.

Swamp People Season 12 in 2021

Many fans of Swamp People want to know. Will there be a Season 12 of Swamp People in 2021?

The History Channel premiered Season 12 of Swamp People on Thursday, February 4, 2021, at 9/8C.


Celebrities and Cast of Characters on Swamp People

The cast of Swamp People changes from season to season, as new members are added, and others removed.

Many familiar faces are seen in Season 12, along with some new ones. Of course the Landrys are there ... Troy, Jacob and Chase. Expect to also see Bruce Mitchell, Liz & Destin Choate, Daniel & Dorien & Joey Edgar, Willie Edwards, Junior Edwards, "Little Willie" Edwards, Ronnie Adams & Ashley Jones, Gerald "Gee" Singleton, and newcomer Pickle Wheat in the boat with Troy ... along with others!

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

... Troy Landry song lyrics we love!

The Landry Family: Troy, Jacob, Chase, and Holden

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 Landry at work in the Louisiana swamps
Troy Landry at work in the Louisiana swamps

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, Jacob took on new responsibilities as captain of Troy’s second boat. In Season 5, Jacob was 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, was Troy's 15 year old nephew, Holden Landry.

Elizabeth "Liz" Cavalier

Canal with marsh grass at Pecan Island, Louisiana
Canal at Pecan Island, Louisiana (Staff Photo)

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.

In Season 5, Liz's daughter Jessica helped in the boat. Their goal was to use all of the 425 gator tags that have been alloted to them. Liz also launched a second boat, with her husband Justin as captain, and long-time swamper Glenn Guist as helper.

Liz's friend Kristi Broussard 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 had 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 tackled an area known as Bayou Creole that has not been hunted for years, and is teaming with giant alligators.

Bruce Mitchell and Ron Methvin

A lifelong swamper, Bruce Mitchell is a bit of a renegade, but an experienced gator hunter. He hunts 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 was accompanied by Ron Methvin, a trained sharpshooter and military veteran who served in Afghanistan.

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

Bayou scene in South Louisiana near Pierre Part
Louisiana bayou near Pierre Part (Staff Photo)

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 spends the extra days in Louisiana as a "warm-up" for Texas. They made a deal with a Louisiana landowner that provided them with the tags they need.

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.

In Season 4 they concentrated on catching gators in North Louisiana, and in Season 5 they headed 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 teamed 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 caught gators in different areas of Louisiana in Season 5.

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.

Swamp people in action catching a gator in the Louisiana swamp
Swamp people in action catching a gator in the Louisiana swamp

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

Other cast characters that have appeared on Swamp People:

  • Dusty Crum
  • Big Tee
  • The Edgars: Daniel, Joey and Dwaine
  • Robert "Frenchy" Crochet
  • Gerald "Gee" Singleton
  • Ronnie Adams
  • Ashley Jones
  • Zak Catchem

Swamp Tours in the Louisiana Atchafalaya Basin

One of the most popular things to do in Louisiana is touring the swamps! Most tours are concentrated in South Louisiana.

The area between Lafayette and Baton Rouge offers a number of swamp tours, operating from communities such as Breaux Bridge, Henderson, St. Martinvile and Plaquemine.

Learn more about Swamp Tours in the Atchafalaya Basin.

 

Map of Swamp People Filming Locations in South Louisiana

Map of Swamp People Filming Locations in South Louisiana - Pierre Part, Pecan Island,  Bayou Sorrel, Bayou Conway, Ponchatoula, Houma Honey Island, Louisiana


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

Louisiana alligators, alligator season, alligator hunting, alligator tours, Swamp People on the History Channel, and more ... learn more now!

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

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Swamp People Episode Guide from Early Seasons

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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 early seasons ... 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

Episode
Season 1 - 2010
Season 2 - 2011
Season 3 - 2012
01
Big Head Bites It Gator Gauntlet Gator Gold Rush
02
Houdini's Last Escape Hunter or Hunted No Guts, No Gator
03
Troy's Gamble Shooting Wild Divide to Conquer
04
Cannibal Gator First Mates Monster Marsh
05
Force of Nature Hot Pursuit Avenged
06
Family Feuds Dark Waters Tree Breaker 2
07
Swamp Wars Deadly Skies Something Wicked This Way Comes
08
Gator Voodoo Rising Sons Rising Waters
09
Final Countdown Full Moon Fever Rebound
10
The Last Battle It's Personal Gates of Hell
11
  Beat the Clock Under Siege
12
  Rising Pressure Secret Weapons
13
  House Divided Scorched
14
  Two Captains, One Family Voodoo Bayou
15
  2 Days to Tag Out Turf War
16
  Swamp Showdown Big Gators, Big Dollars
17
  Swampsgiving Never Say Die
18
    Cold Blooded
19
    King of the Swamp
20
    Man Down
21
    Fight to the Finish
22
    Endgame
       

 

 

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


Louisiana on National Television

Louisiana is a popular setting for the movie industry, and several hit TV shows on the History Channel, Cooking 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.

Links of Interest about Louisiana and Alligators

 

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