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Gator hunter becomes swamp star

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By Rick Portier - email

PIERRE PART, LA (WAFB) - Swamp People is the most popular program ever on the History Channel and the stars all live in south Louisiana.

For one Louisiana gator hunter, his role on Swamp People happened by accident. 

"Shoot! Shoot! Shoot 'em," is a phrase heard often on Swamp People.

It is not a foreign language, but if you were not born on the bayou, you might not recognize it. Unless of course you are a fan of Swamp People, the History Channel series that follows a motley band of alligator hunters through the Louisiana swamps for a season of bites and ones that got away.

For Pierre Part gator hunter Troy Landry, stardom was pretty much an accident. A friend asked him to take a cameraman for a ride.  After a day of hunting, "That's when I realized they wanted to make a movie. They wanted to film us for the whole season. And I had kinda already volunteered so I figured it wouldn't hurt nothing," said Troy.

After a few days with a New York camera crew tagging along he was not so sure. "Sometimes I'd like to shoot 'em all. But other times, I'm glad they're there," said Troy.

Troy and his friends in Bayou Pigeon, Morgan City and Hammond catapulted Swamp People to number one in the History Channel line-up.

"A lot of that is due to the History Channel," said Troy. "I really think they did an awesome job putting the show together."

"I was scared they were gonna show a lot of the killing part and the shooting part. And I was scared that would turn a lot of people away," Troy added. "Lot of women and all will go out and eat a ribeye for supper, but they don't wanna come home and watch you shoot a cow on TV."

That is not all Troy was worried about when he found out he was going to be on TV. "They make a lot of people down here look like they backwards and living a hundred years behind the times. And you know, I think, especially down here in my neck of the woods, the Cajuns, it's not that we backwards or behind the times.  It's just that we like to live a simple life," said Troy.

Since the end of the first season, life is a bit more hectic for Troy and his swamp men. They are busy with personal appearances at fairs and festivals all over the state. When he is not signing autographs, Troy works around the double-wide featured on the show. However, he is building something a little bigger to call home.

True to his simple upbringing, the inside is made up of the cypress he has been dragging from the swamps for the past 30 years.

"When it's all over, hopefully I'll be able to go hide in the woods and just be myself. Cook some good suppers, and we'll all sit around and talk about it and have good times just like we always done before," said Troy.

Just like a swamp person wants it.

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