Glenn and Mitchell Guist have more fun than all the other members of the Swamp People cast combined. While everyone else is pushing to fill their tags before the end of the one month alligator season in Louisiana, the Guist Brothers are fishing for gar, hunting for rabbit, throwing back a cold one, and giggling. Or is it snickering? Chortling? Check out this video to decide for yourself.
Whatever they are doing, it is contagious. Is it possible to have as much fun as they do . . . and bathe?
You might not guess it by looking at them, but the Guists have been in the swamp all their lives. They live in the house on Conway Bayou that used to be their grandparent’s place, right on the spot where their father taught them to live off the land. All of the alligators on Swamp People talk about living off the land, but Glenn and Mitchell take that way of life a little more . . . um . . . literally.
While segments devoted to other alligator hunters like Troy Landry or RJ Molinere are often framed by sequences featuring normal looking homes or a local bar that they might stop by after a long day on the swamp, that is not at all how the Guist brothers are portrayed. Instead, we see them digging through an old chest freezer, finding that it is practically empty, and deciding to wander the woods all afternoon looking for a rabbit to shoot for their dinner. In another episode, they go fishing for alligator gar when they get hungry, and then show us how to cook up gar patties for dinner.
So, the Guist daily grind seems to be: hang out, get hungry, go kill something, cook it, eat it, hang out. If we are to take the producers word for it, the other alligator hunters might make a living off the land, but the Guist brothers really LIVE off it.
In some of their photos, Glenn and Mitchell can be seen wearing “Alexander Concrete” work shirts, so we guess they must go into town for work every now and then, but we don’t mind the show focusing on their life in the woods. We like the Guists in their natural habitat. And we like to think about them rambling into the concrete company every now and then just because they’re in the mood.
After all, Guists just want to have fun!