Swamp People on History Channel

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Louisiana Swamp near Pierre Part, Louisiana, filming location for the History Channel's Swamp PeopleLouisiana 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 30-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 on the History Channel.

Swamp People Season 9 in 2018

Swamp People Season 9 premiered on Thursday, February 1, 2018. See video below for a preview.

List of Season 9  Episodes:

  • Season 9 Episode 1: "Never Surrender"
  • Season 9 Episode 2: "Cajun Cartel"
  • Season 9 Episode 3: "Bruce's Dilemma" aired on February 9
  • Season 9 Episode 4: "Hunting Houdini" aired on February 16
  • Season 9 Episode 5: "Hell Rains Down" aired on February 23
  • Season 9 Episode 6: "Texas 911" aired on March 1
Season 9 Preview Video (from the History Channel)

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

The Louisiana AlligatorThe 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.

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.

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. Several of the alligator hunters have become TV celebrities over the years, 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, 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.

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.

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.

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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.

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 helped 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 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

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.

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

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 Port Sulphur, Louisiana, in the Mississippi River Delta and near the Gulf of Mexico Houma, Louisiana, near Larose, Cut Off, Galliano, Golden Meadow, Dulac and Chauvin ... hunting around Houma are R.J. and Jay Paul Molinere

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

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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 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

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



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

Kristi Picks up the Gun Once More (Season 8, Episode 6) ... on YouTube

Swamp People Season 8 in 2017

Season 8 of Swamp People debuted on Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Video Preview of Swamp People Season 8 (from the History Channel)

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.

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