BIO PHOTOS Meet Swamp People’s “Gator Queen” Liz Cavalier

Swamp People's Liz Cavalier, Gator Queen

Troy Landry may be King of the Swamp, but he isn’t the only royalty running alligator lines in the bayous around Pierre Part. In fact, he’s not even the only Swamp royal in his own boat! Rounding out Landry’s crew this season and handling most of the “chooting” is the Gator Queen herself, Liz Cavalier.

(Don’t call her) Elizabeth Cavalier Choate has been alligator hunting all her life. On the show, we’ve heard the stories about Liz going out hunting with her daddy, C.J. Dupre, when she was a small girl, but Liz says that her father was already taking her and her mother, Ella, out in the boat when Liz was still drinking from a bottle. She’s quick to add that he was always very concerned with safety, and never let her get near an alligator line until much, much later. Like 12.

Liz Cavalier, CJ Dupree, Swamp People, Gator Queen.
^ Liz Cavalier and her dad CJ Dupree (Photo:

Liz’s Dad must’ve let her play with guns pretty young, though, because she is an amazing shot. Fans of Swamp People hear about the “quarter-sized kill spot” on an alligator’s head all the time, but you tend to forget about that detail when Troy’s holding the line and Liz is pointing the gun.

RJ and Jay Paul Molinere are a team like no other on the show, because they seem to be able to communicate with almost no words and move together as if they’d choreographed the hunt; but, I think you would still have to call Troy and Liz the Swamp People Dream Team. Troy can find and bring in any gator, anywhere, and Liz can take it down the minute the top of its head breaks the surface of the water. Add Jacob Landry in the ice boat that follows behind, and Troy’s great success seems a lot less mysterious.

Gator Queen Liz Cavalier Swamp People Troy Landry Rifle Choot

Liz grew up in Troy’s neck of the woods in Pierre Part, Louisiana, and her father, CJ Dupre was an old friend of the family, so the two had known each other for decades before the Swamp People production crew rolled into town. But, despite the way the show portrays it, Troy didn’t find Liz by himself when he needed to replace Clint on his crew–the History Channel did. They put out the call, they watched the tapes, they did the interviews. I imagine that Troy had the final say on who would join him on his boat for the hunt (at least I hope he did), but I’m still a bit disappointed that the team was cast by the show. At least it was great casting. If they decide to keep fishing together after the show, then that’ll make it seem better, somehow.

Now, the home of the Gator Queen is Vermillion Parish, near Pecan Island. She and husband Justin Choate live there with Liz’s daughter Jessica and her two stepsons, Daimon and Destin (who, according to Liz’s website, are planning to carry on the gator hunting tradition).

Cavalier’s brother, Don Rich, is a country recording artist who wrote and cut a song titled “Gator Queen” in her honor. To give it a listen, check out Flat Town Music’s website (and listen for Troy Landry’s cameo!)

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  • ron

    Liz seems very sweet and lovable but I wouldn’t want to piss her off.I have nothing but respect for anyone who can do what she does.Man or woman.She’s quite pretty too.

  • LIZ tymber wants i flat love a tuff broad and she IS love a outdoor woman she can whoop this ole mohawks butt ANYTIME whewwww

  • Tony

    pretty lady……love a gal that can handle a gun

  • Algiers

    She can marry me anytime any place any where. Hope she continue on with the show. Liz nothing but love for you.

  • Arvy

    Liz is awesome!!!!!

    At first I was enthralled by the men enduring and succeeding in this, for me, heretofor unknown hunting; after then seeing Liz featured in several episodes, with her younger female helper, I began to see the hunt as crafty and clever….she is both a formidable and exquisite woman….making Swamp People a well-rounded glimpse into a hunting lifestyle most of us never even dreamed existed!

    Liz, keep up the great work!!


  • lacie

    she came to my school today,with the guisse brothers?? i dont kno how to spell it..

  • to liz

    liz i do not like you at all i cant stand to look at you i can see why your husband left you i didnt like you when you where with troy why dont you stay at home you mass up the whole show

    • @to liz

      Somebody needs a hug and a cookie

  • jeff c.

    I think she is awesome. she’s out doin wut she luvs in the outdoors. it’s wut god created and made for us 2 enjoy! you are smokin hott

  • jeff

    liz u are awesome! we need more females n the outdoors enjoying wut god created. i have deep respect for u. your a sweetheart

  • Rick Dakota

    I Love Liz.

  • april

    Hey liz
    been watching swamp people
    You and jessica are awesome.i remember meeting you and your husband at the gun show. April

  • brenda from canada

    Liz is the best would love to go out in her boat with her , hope she gets another boat and fills her tags.Give em hell Liz!

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