There is no disputing Troy Landry’s status as King of the Swamp. The veteran crocodile hunter is known for two things, one, bringing in the big gators, and two, his signature polo shirt. One of the starting members of the TV series Swamp People, Troy loves hunting for gators. While he understands the perils of hunting for gators with a camera at your back, Troy treats his cameraman like his family and refused to shoot the second season if it was not with the same cameraman. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Troy Landry.
Troy Landry was born on the 9th of June, 1961, in Pierre Part, Louisiana. Born and raised in the swamp, Troy comes from a family of shrimpers, trappers, fishermen, moss peddlers, lumberjacks, and hunters. Born to Duffy Landry and Myrtle Landry, Troy is the eldest of four siblings and carried on with the family profession. As far as his siblings go, two of them, Guy Landry and Bubba Landry, followed Troy into gator hunting, while the rest moved from the swamp.
For the majority of his childhood, Troy accompanied his family members while they hunted down gators. Over the years, Troy gathered more information on the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana and set out to gator hunting on his own.
Troy set up his gator hunting business in 1992 and has been hunting gators for 28 years. Alongside hunting for gators, Troy also brings in tons of crawfish which can amount anywhere between 5,000,000-6,000,000 pounds a year.
At the start of every gator hunting season, Troy sets out to the swamp. He takes part in two hunting seasons every year, both in the East Zone and West Zone.
Swamp People and life on camera:
In 2010, Troy was called up by the executive producers for Swamp People who wanted to create a new series on gator hunters and the hunting season. Troy agreed to work on the series and has been a regular cast member of the series for 11 seasons. While Troy had reservations about the display of blood and the killing of gators on the boat, he feels that the show does a good job of documenting it.
“Mostly I was worried about—I didn’t want them to show too much of the killing part of the alligator. It’s real nasty in the boat; at the end of the day, it gets ugly. I was really worried they were going to make it a blood battle on TV. I find History Channel did an awesome job. They show us harvesting the gator but didn’t focus a whole lot on the killing part.”
While the show primarily focuses on gator hunting, Troy hopes that the series the good-hearts and hard-working nature of the Cajun people.
Troy is married to Bernita Landry and the pair have been together for 35 years. The duo tied the knot on September 26, 1981, and have two boys, Jacob Landry was born on December 27, 1983, and Chase Landry on February 22, 1990. Before tying the knot with Troy, Bernita was married to an unidentified man and had a son, Brandon Hotard who was born on November 2, 1976.
When he is not hunting for gators, Troy can be found in his father’s bait shop drinking coffee in the mornings or drinking beer in the afternoons and shooting the bull.