Usually, when we think of family traditions, a box of grandma’s recipes comes to mind. For the Swamp People of Louisiana, though, family tradition means gator hunting. While some father and son duos prefer to play catch in the yard, Troy Landry and his sons have always enjoyed wrestling a huge scaly reptile.
Back when Landry’s sons, Jacob and Chase, were still young enough to be on the boat with their Swamp People star dad, they took care to learn as much as they could from the legendary alligator hunter. Though at times they could be a little reckless, Jacob and Chase proved to be effective assistants during the season.
Now, the Landry family is famous around Belle River and for good reason. Year after year, the three Landry men and their respective teams have successful gator hunting seasons that almost always blow competitors out of the swamp water.
Many still wonder how the Swamp People family initially fell in love with gator hunting. The answer was simple: swamp water runs in Troy Landry’s blood.
“People ask me, ‘How you got into that?’ I didn’t get into it, I was raised in it,” Landry explained to New York Post. “It’s not something that one day I decided, ‘I want to be an alligator hunter.'”
The Swamp People star explained that back when he first began alligator hunting, the method and purpose were much different. Back when his father introduced him to the sport, they hunted purely for the meat. Instead of catching a “boatload” of gators, they only hunted a couple and brought them home to eat. Now, they hunt for both meat and hides to sell on the market.
‘Swamp People’ Star Recalls How Alligators Became Endangered
While he originally hunted gators for a meal, now, the Swamp People star does it as a means of income. Of course, like most hunters, he follows the regulations down to the last word. After all, he doesn’t want alligators to end up on the brink of extinction like he witnessed when he was younger.
Back in the 60s and 70s, the state’s wildlife and fish organizations were not as advanced as they are today. That meant for hunters like Landry’s dad and uncle that they could hunt as many gators as they wanted – and most times, they did. That’s how the reptiles ended up on the endangered species list for several seasons.
“In the mid-70s, they reopened the season, but under strict federal regulations,” the Swamp People star said. “Anytime an animal’s placed on the engendered species list and the population comes back strong and healthy enough for them to allow a hunting season, you can believe it, it’s very closely regulated and that’s where we at today.”
Despite the change in regulations, Landry reported that he still has the same passion as his family did before him.
“I’m doing the same thing that my family’s done forever, but much more regulated and for a different reason than they used to do it.”