‘Swamp People’: When is Alligator Season for Troy Landry and Crew?

by John Jamison

Since 2010, Troy Landry and his counterparts have been culling alligators in the Atchafalaya River Basin of Southern Louisiana. For these swampers, gator season is the all-important time of year when fortunes are won and lost. And to make things even more difficult, they only have a very brief window in which they can legally “choot ’em.”

With the swamp divided into two zones, Troy Landry and others like him only have a month in each to put food on the table for the entire year. And we don’t mean literally. Though, gator meat is quite the delicacy and is definitely worth checking should you ever have the opportunity. But the fact of the matter is that “Swamp People” star Troy Landry and others like him are allowed only a time period of fewer than two months to make all of their alligator money for the year.

In a 2011 interview with TV Tango, Troy Landry talked about the specifics of alligator season in the swamps of Louisiana.

“It lasts a month in each zone. They overlap. The East zone opens August 25 and lasts four weeks. The West zone opens up the first week of September and last four weeks. I fish both zones,” Landry said.

And if you thought the stakes were high in terms of the time crunch, the danger factor really pushes the whole occupation over the edge. It’s what makes a show like “Swamp People” so compelling. After all, there’s a reason the show has produced more than 200 episodes over the course of a decade. And it seems likely that the History channel will bring it back for Season 13, though that hasn’t been confirmed.

To Troy Landry of ‘Swamp People,’ Celebrity Comes Easy

As a swamp-bound Louisiana boy, Troy Landry is one of the more unassuming celebrities out there. That being said, his disposition is perfect for the swarms of “Swamp People” fans that come to seek him out at his home in Louisiana.

“Just about every day someone drives up to my house – from East Coast to West – at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. looking for me. It’s all good. I enjoy meeting people. Most of them just want to stop by for a picture or autograph,” Landry said.

And if the fans don’t happen to catch him at home, there’s a good chance they’ll find him out on the swamp hunting anything and everything under the sun. When asked about the things he likes to catch outside of alligator season, his answer was perfect.

“Some frogging. Some catfish. I love to fish turtles. I love to eat turtles,” Landry continued.

The “Swamp People” star was just a regular guy leading a regular way of life. The History channel just happened to capture it on camera. And fans are glad they did.