A gator hunter’s life out in the Louisiana bayous should be easy and cool, right? Not true these days for “Swamp People” star Troy Landry.
Landry, who has been a part of “Swamp People” since it first aired on The History Channel, talked about his life these days with TV Tango.
“It’s not too simple no more, bro,” Landry said. “They’re pulling me in all directions. I’m enjoying it though. I like to make other people happy. I put other people before me. I never expected this to happen.”
Landry said he, “figured fishermen would enjoy the show, but not so many people from so many different walks of life.”
‘Swamp People’ Star Has Found Way To Make His Saying Marketable
“Swamp People” has found an audience among educators, writers, and, well, pretty much any Outsider in range of a TV set. Now Landry has made himself a bit of a standout star for different reasons. When viewers hear him yell “Choot’Em!” while out on a hunt, then it’s time to get himself a gator.
Landry’s been pretty shrewd when it comes to marketing as he’s got hats and T-shirts with “Choot’Em!” on there. Fans just go find those products and feel like they’re part of “Swamp People” when wearing one of the items.
For those Outsiders who love to go hunting for a big buck, well, Landry knows that feeling, too. But in his world, it’s catching a big alligator in the Atchafalaya Basin swamp.
“You know, a big alligator is like a big buck,” Landry told the Monticello Herald-Journal in 2019. “If you’re a deer hunter, you know how hard it is to outsmart a 6-, 7-, or 8-year-old buck. Imagine trying to outsmart a 60-, 70-, or even 80-year-old buck.”
Troy Landry Draws Comparisons When Talking About Gators, Bucks
Landry said there are a lot of comparisons between a big gator and a big buck.
“He’s going to lie up in the dirtiest, thickest places along the bayou,” he said. “If there is an area with a bunch of trash or downed trees, that’s where he’s going to hide during the daylight hours — where the boats can go right past him and nobody will even know he’s there.”
“Just like a big buck will hide right next to a highway or train tracks if he thinks he’s safe; those alligators will do the same thing,” Landry said.
People in Louisiana treat others like friends. That’s what Landry said to 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.”