‘Swamp People’: Why Troy Landry Says Cajun People ‘Never Meet a Stranger’

by Joe Rutland

Troy Landry, who is one of the stars of “Swamp People,” explained why Cajun people who live in Louisiana really never meet strangers.

Landry is one of the best-known stars of The History Channel show, especially when he gets close to killing a gator and viewers hear him yell “Choot’Em.”

But he talked more about how a person from Louisiana would act when meeting a newcomer. Landry offered his thoughts in an interview with Louisiana Travel.

“I hope they just see us for who we are: good-hearted, hard-working people,” Landry said. “We never meet a stranger. We try to make everybody welcome. Most of the people in south Louisiana and also in north Louisiana feel the same way.

‘Swamp People’ Star Talked About Taking Care of Show’s Crew

“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, who has been a part of “Swamp People” since its first season, 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 has 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.”

“Swamp People” has been on The History Channel for 12 seasons. As we mentioned, Landry has been with the show since its first season. Two other gator hunters, Jacob Landry and Willie Edwards, also have 12 seasons in their books, too.

Prices For Alligator Meat Sales Have Increased Since Show Started

One of the effects of showing alligator hunting in the light they do on the show is how much prices have increased.

“Since the show came out and showed us fishing alligators, it’s been very positive for the sale of alligator meat,” Landry said.

The TV show also has encouraged a slight increase in gator hide and skin sales. But that cannot even compare to alligator meat sales.

“It has affected [hide and skin sales] a little bit to the positive,” Landry shared. “I really think it’s going to eventually affect hide sales, too.”

“Swamp People” also gives viewers, who are not used to the Cajun lifestyle, a look into it. Many people who tune in week after week learn that a lot of people in Louisiana care about the land and their family, too. It’s not unusual to see people who live in the samp land support one another.