The state of Louisiana is host to a lot of interesting things but most interesting is one of its most famous residents, Troy Landry. Louisianatravel.com sat down with the “Swamp People” star to learn a little bit about Troy Landry’s personal life and how things have changed since the History Channel has made its way down to the swamps and bayous of the southern United States.
According to Landry, the profession hosts 5,000 fellow alligator hunters. Yet he and his crew were the ones chosen to be featured on the History Channel’s hit show. “Everywhere we go, people recognize us and they get excited,” he said. “[Life’s] changed a lot but all in a positive way.”
The famous gator hunter further said that since the show’s premiere, sales of alligator meat have increased exponentially. While not so great for the alligators, those, like Landry, who make a living off of the practice have seen much more success in their businesses. According to the “Swamp People” star, sales for alligator meat have doubled since the show premiered in 2010.
However, despite the popularity of the meat, Landry shared that hide and skin sales haven’t become all that popular yet. Although he holds out hope and said, “I really think [the show’s] going to eventually affect hide sales too.” We’re sure Landry will keep us all posted.
Troy Landry Initially Worried About Perceptions of ‘Swamp People’
While “Swamp People” boasts 12 seasons, Landry shared with the Louisiana-based website that he initially worried about how the History Channel would portray his way of life.
“I didn’t want the [History Channel] to show too much of the killing part of the alligator,” Landry admitted. “It’s real nasty in the boat; at the end of the day, it gets ugly.” And like any other kind of hunt, things are bound to be some kind of gory. Nevertheless, he shared that the station did really well in focusing on the true purpose of “Swamp People” hunts. “They show us harvesting the gator,” Landry shared, “but didn’t focus a whole lot on the killing part.”
In reality, any kind of hunt is going to result in someone’s fatality, and every time we hope it’s the prey. According to the “Swamp People” star, however, the History Channel spends a lot of time during the show not only highlighting the practice and importance of alligator hunts. They also spend a lot of time featuring Landry’s family and home life, giving viewers an idea of how simply he and his family live.
“We live simple down here,” he said. “I’m happy where I’m at and what I’m doing, and the History Channel did an awesome job of showing the way we live.”