‘Swamp People’: Troy Landry’s Explanation of Why Alligator Hunters Get into Close Calls

by Joe Rutland

If you think only inexperienced alligator hunters have close calls, then let “Swamp People” star Troy Landry set you straight.

In an interview with TV Tango, Landry comes right out and makes it clear that even he has had his moments of being too close for comfort. He’s asked if he has ever been knocked out of his boat by a giant alligator.

“No, I’ve never been knocked out of the boat,” Landry said. “I’ve had some close calls. I’ve almost been bit two or three times. We’re in a hurry. You let your guard down.”

Imagine having one of those Louisiana swamp gators chomping down on you. Goodness, it’s not always safe out there as the “Swamp People” star makes that pretty clear.

‘Swamp People’ Star Means It When They Are In A Hurry During A Hunt

He’s right when he said they are in a hurry. Those gator hunters usually have to time it just right when they are taking aim at the alligator. One false move and that “almost getting bit” becomes getting bit for real.

Landry, though, knows his way around that Atchafalaya Basin area where he does his hunting. It’s also an area where he lives year-round, too. “Swamp People” has featured him on The History Channel show since it first premiered on Aug. 22, 2010.

Besides Troy Landry, only two other gator hunters have been on the show since its first season: Jacob Landry and William “Willie” Edwards.

Now the first Wednesday in September might not mean much to you. But for alligator hunters and “Swamp People” fans, it’s the start of a 30-day stretch where getting gators turns into serious business.

Landry Makes Sure ‘History Channel’ Crew Gets Some Home Cooking

That also marks when The History Channel crews get into position and follow the gator hunters for filming episodes. Landry mentioned those crews in an interview with Louisiana Travel. His response comes as part of an answer around how strangers are treated by others in Louisiana.

“Just for a perfect example: The History Channel, when they send the crew down here to film us, we cook for these people four or five times a week,” Landry of “Swamp People” said. “My home is their home while they’re here, you know what I’m saying? We live simple; we don’t have a lot and we don’t want a lot.”

Landry said that he and his wife Bernita have enough of life’s necessities in his life.

“I’m not worried about the Joneses down the street,” Landry said. “I don’t worry at all about what other people have. I just make sure we have what we need, and we’ve always been blessed. We’ve always made our living off the land.”