Swamp People Season 1 Episode 2
Houdini’s Last Escape
Nature rules in the world of the Louisiana marsh lands, swamps, and bayous where the Cajuns live. Alligators can be more or less considered the kings of the swamps. They can grow to sizes of twelve feet or more and weigh as much as a thousand pounds or more, however, it is only the ones that are the most wily that grow so large.
As Troy Landry says you can hear noises in the swamp at night and not know what is making the noise. It is a dangerous world in the swamps, marsh lands and bayous and it is common knowledge that the true ruler of this kind of land is nature. There are no road ways or maps in the swamps and if a person does not know where they are going it is easy for them to get lost. However, the secrets of the swamps is known to a few. Those few are the Cajuns who live there and hunt the alligators that can be found there, and the most of the Cajuns make their living from the land.
Swamp People help to keep the alligator population in check by hunting them thirty days out of the year. If the gator population was allowed to go unchecked, it could become a very serious and dangerous threat to the people who live in the area.
One of the greatest alligator hunters is Troy Landry and he begins his hunting season one day before it opens by checking the area he will be hunting for gators. All the swamp people have their own particular area where they hunt and the number tags issued vary from one alligator hunter to the next.
With just three days into the hunting season Troy comes across an alligator he has named Houdini. This gator has already straightened and broken hooks that Troy has baited and set. Troy knows Houdini is a tree shaker and that catching him wont be easy.
Houdini lives and hunts in an area that is populated with cypress trees. Due to the way that cypress trees grow with their roots underwater they make a great place for alligators to hide.
Bruce Mitchell is another gator hunter and even though he knows it is dangerous hunting gators with someone, it is more dangerous for a person to hunt them alone. However, other than taking his dog Tyler along with him, Bruce hunts alone. Since it generally takes two people to load a gator into a boat Bruce uses a rope and pulley system to winch the gators into his boat.
Along with his brother-in-law Mike, Bruce operates the Kliebert’s Turtle and Alligator Tours farm. Farm raised alligators are raised until they are six feet in length. It they are allowed to get larger than six feet they become aggressive and territorial. Bruce and his brother-in-law also skin the alligators that he catches as well as the ones they raise. By doing this they eliminate the middle man and make more of a profit from his hunting.
Junior Edwards is a fifth generation Cajun and his son William get asked by Junior’s buyer Ricky Phillips to take a green-horn along with them on one of their hunting trips. Junior is not big on the idea but since Rick is his buyer and a good friend he agrees to do it. The green-horn is a luxury leather designer who wants to find out what it is like to hunt alligators. Junior manages to catch eleven alligators for the day with the green-horn being along. One of the gators measures ten feet a good size and a good number of gators for the day considering that he had to be more careful with having someone on his boat that had never hunted alligators before.
Back in the cypress hunting area Troy is still looking to catch Houdini. When they come up on the hook they find out that Houdini has broken the hook this time. They decided to use a much bigger hook and an old Cajun trick of setting the bait closer to the water so that the alligator will be more likely to swallow the hook, and not get caught by its jaw where it is easier for the gator to get loose. This time their efforts pay off and Troy is able to catch Houdini.
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