Swamp People Fathers and Sons: Meet Troy and Jacob Landry

The Landrys: Troy, Clint, and Jacob

Troy, Jacob, and Clint Landry probably had twice as much time on camera in Season One of the History Channel’s Swamp People than any of the other alligator hunters on the show.  Now, in Season Two, they’re sharing the airtime a bit more evenly, but the Landry’s still have a special role.  Not only are they singled out for their success in the hunt and their deep roots in the Cajun culture of southern Louisiana; there is just something about the Landry family that you can’t help but love.

Clint Landry, Swamp People

Clint is not actually related to Troy and Jacob, even though they share a boat and a last name, but he is definitely family.  Clint’s decision not to hunt alligators this season has been an important part of the Landry arc; so, even in his absence,  Clint is still a major character on the show.

Troy and Jacob Landry

Jacob looks and talks just like his Dad.  He’s just a little smaller and a lot blonder, but give him some time.  Why he and Troy couldn’t get their fishing rhythm going this season is a bit of mystery, but what’s clear is that neither Troy nor Jacob let it get personal.  Troy gave Jacob a chance to be his shooter and it didn’t work out; so Jacob drives the ice boat just like he did last season, and Liz Cavalier has joined the team .  No pouting.  No arguments.  No bruised egos.  Just the Landry family figuring out how to get the job done.

Liz Cavalier, Swamp People

If someone told me that I was going out into the bayou tomorrow to hunt alligators with one of the guys from Swamp People and I had 30 seconds to choose which one, I’d have 29.5 seconds left over.  I’d choose Troy Landry as fast as my mouth could form the his name.  No doubt.

Troy Landry, Swamp People

They call Troy the King of the Swamp.  He probably got that title for catching the most and the biggest alligators each season, but that’s not all there is to it.  He’s just got an air about him that seems . . . well . . . sort of regal in a backwoods kind of way.

Troy with a boat full of alligators

Troy is a big man.  He isn’t quite as tall as his son and hunting partner, Jacob, but he probably outweighs him by 30 lbs. of muscle.  His arms are huge, and his stance is so strong that you forget that he’s standing on a pile of dead gators in a little boat when he’s reeling in a thrashing 500 lb. monster.  So, maybe all that fried alligator and beer has left him with a little paunch.  At 50 years old, with three sons, a couple of grandkids, and 320 alligator tags to fill each year, he deserves it.

Troy Landry, Swamp People

Somehow, I think if Troy were half his size, one look in his eye would make him my favorite alligator hunter anyhow.  There’s an honesty and a kindness there that draw you in.  He yells a lot (especially when he thinks it is time for you to “choot” the gator), and he likes to keep you off balance with annoying little digs, but somehow you know that he’d dump every one of those gators out of the boat to save you if it came to that, even though they represent a large part of his income for the year. Based on this video, it seems like the littlest Landrys know it, too.  You just can’t imagine RJ Molinere or Junior Edwards letting their grandkids do this to them.

When he is not alligator hunting, Troy runs the family owned Duffy Shell Station in Pierre Part, Louisiana. In a small town like Pierre Part, gas stations do more than sell fuel and chips, and at Duffy’s, the Landry family sells bait and fishing supplies.  They also buy crawfish from those local fishermen who choose to hunt a little smaller game.  There’s no shame in that; Landry does a bit of crawfishing himself.

Troy giving a photo op

The routine at Duffy’s has changed a bit in the last couple of years, since Troy has become famous, but the Landry’s just roll with it.  By all accounts, if you decide to make the 2 hour drive south from New Orleans, and you don’t show up during alligator season, Troy is likely to be right there at Duffy’s to sell you some gas, tell you a story, and give you hug while they snap your photo.  That’s just this family’s way.

Update: Can’t get enough of Swamp People? Check out these stories on RJ and Jay Paul Molinere, Junior and Willie Edwards, The Guist Brothers, and How much money an alligator hunter really makes.

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  • Scott Grant

    I would like to have the chance to hunt with troy and jacob,The king of the swamp,keep it up.

    • cindy

      When does the next season of Swamp People begin ?

  • Vonda Frantz

    My family watch Swamp People every Thursday night!!! My husband, my daughter which is 10 and myself would absolutley love to meet the Landry’s. Do they make tours or something like that? They are our favorite!!! He seems like a good ole country boy who loves people and they don’t get no better than that!!!

  • Martin cordell

    Me and my wife would like to meet Troy and his family and hang out for the weekend.Is this possible ? What can we do to see this thru.

  • Brian MacDonald

    There has never been a job more up my alley than ‘gator hunting in the swamp……if i could financially arrange the move across country then i would be down there in a heart beat

  • Brenda Schuett

    I want to go gator hunting so bad im addicted to the show i watch it every chance i get n if im not home to watch it i got it on dvr. Troy n Liz are my favorite people to watch and also would love to go with u liz out hunting i could do the shooting for u.. come on Liz u can out beat Troy Landry easily !!!! If you guy’s travel to Illinois look me up me and my kids and also fiance would love to meet u in person and have a picture taken with all of you !!!

  • http://jasonsbigspring@gmail.com jason

    troy you need to make a deal with a boot maker and sell your on gator boots that u have taken for the season. keep pullin them in troy and keep me in mine on a pair of them landry algator boots jason patterson kingston tn

  • Barbara

    I love Troy and his sons. I hope he gets to be the king of the swamp. However if he doesn’t in my eyes he is just that the “Big King of the Swamps” By helping out his friend that’s what makes him the king. P.S. RJ didn’t need to bring up how many people work a team maybe someday he’ll have more boats so I feel he was out of line.

  • Don

    how do they lose money if they don’t tag out?

  • Eric

    Mr. Landry would you like to come deer hunting in texas? White tail or mule deer your choice, i know itd be a change of pace for you but i have 8,000 acres in prime country please contact me im a big fan an would love to show you and your family a good time, deer, turkey, pigs, dove, quail, coyotes, mounrain lions, texas big horn sheep, you name it sir…email me if you an your family are interested in a hunt….farmer4ever88@gmail.com