‘Swamp People’: How Alligator Hunting Helped Ashley Jones Overcome a Miscarriage, Depression

by Joe Rutland

When viewers tune into “Swamp People” and see Ashley Jones, they’ll see a woman who found a reason for living with hunting.

Jones went through a miscarriage and battled depression after that. Chad Jones, her husband, saw what was going on in her. She shared her story in a 2019 interview with the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion-Ledger.

“What put me in the depression was a miscarriage,” Jones said. “I was in depression for three months without even knowing it. It was like I was dead inside. It was like just going through the motions of life without getting anything back from it.”

Jones understood it was from a hormonal imbalance. But she also said that she didn’t have anything that Jones was passionate about to keep her going.

‘Swamp People’ Star Has Husband To Thank For Getting Her Into Hunting

That all changed for the future “Swamp People” star thanks to Chad.

“I just remember sitting at the kitchen table and my husband said, ‘I don’t remember the last time I saw you smile, much less laugh,'” Ashley Jones said. “He said, ‘I’m going to take you deer hunting this afternoon.’ I said, ‘Oh, yes — just agreeing with him.'”

Well, he did and she found herself sitting on a tree stump with Chad. He had Ashley practice pulling up a shotgun without firing. There weren’t any deer around at that time, but one appeared.

Because she’d never hunted before, her husband asked her to practice slowly raising the rifle and aiming at the deer, even though none were what he wanted her to shoot. Then a deer stepped out.

“I remember this one coming out late,” the “Swamp People” star said. “I thought we were about to leave. My husband nudged me. There was a big buck and he came within 10 feet.” She shot at the buck but missed it. Now she was ready to get this buck and found herself full of life.

Jones’ Life Totally Changed From Unfocused To Energized With Mission

Jones now had a mission in her life: kill a trophy buck. With that one event, she focused on getting that buck. She did and many more as Jones averaged eight hunts per week. Then she started hunting alligators and hogs.

Well, what do you think this gator hunter started watching on TV? “Swamp People” is the right answer.

“I remember that feeling of missing him, but I remember the adrenalin rush,” Jones said. “I understood why people get up at 4 a.m. to go hunting. It was really, really cool to me.”

That sense of mission and purpose would act as reasons for Ashley Jones to join The History Channel show. She’s a star these days.