History’s Swamp People reality series is chock full of eccentric characters, including everyone’s favorite long-haired overalls and doo-rag wearing gator hunter, the always mustachiotrulescent Bruce Mitchell. But, behind every charismatic superstar there is almost always a level-headed sidekick, or a “straight man” if you will, and Bruce is no exception. His “straight man” was actually a straight dog in the form of Tyler, Bruce’s Zebra cake loving best friend and gator fishin’ pooch extraordinaire. That’s why it saddened me greatly when I learned today that Tyler passed away this morning.
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History’s super-popular reality series Swamp People returns for a fifth season on February 3, and when it does fans will get to meet “fierce Apache hunter Roger Rivers,” as he is described in the press release. Keep reading to get to know Roger prior to the premiere, including videos, photos and a detailed account of a his frightening tale of catching a 12-foot gator in 2011 that resulted in Roger (and his gun) falling headfirst into the water!
Who’s up for a family-sized serving of gaturducken?!? History Channel is inviting us all over for Thanksgiving in the swamp in the form of “Swampsgiving,” a holiday themed episode of Swamp People set to air Tuesday, November 26 at 10/9c. The special will give viewers a glimpse into the lives of the world’s most famous gator hunters during the off-season as it explores the various Thanksgiving traditions celebrated by the cast members and their families. Keep reading for th full press release with all the degatortails!
Back on August 8, R.J. Molinere and son Jay Paul Molinere of Swamp People fame decided to offer a dude a cold one. The problem was that they did so by attacking the unidentified 24-year-old, striking him repeatedly with a beer bottle. See the booking photo for Jay Paul as well as the trouble the gator hunters could be facing.
On Swamp People, RJ is the Papa of the Molinere family, and Jay Paul is the son who makes his Daddy proud. But, Jay Paul is a daddy himself, and very recently he welcomed a new member to his young family: daughter A’niyah Nikole Molinere. Weighing 5 pounds 8 ounces, A’niyah was born July 29th and proud pop Jay Paul has been sharing numerous photos with fans online. Keep reading for lots of pictures of little A’niyah as well as the rest of the growing Molinere family!
Swamp People is one of the most popular reality shows on TV and folks often wonder who does the southern-tinged narrating that sets the table for all the action. His name is Pat Duke and the professional voice-actor has an impressive resume of work. Get bio info on Duke including a great photo, a voice-over reel from some of his many jobs, social media links, the glowing review that the show’s Executive Producer has given him that highlights just how important he is to Swamp People’s success and find out what he (better said — his voice) was most well known for before he landed this gig (hint – it’ll make you thirsty).
In Florida’s version of out of the frying pan and into the fire, 20-year-old Bryan Zuniga was pulled over by Tampa Bay police while driving on a suspended license when he decided to make a run for it — or actually, a swim for it. He ducked under a fence and swam across a lake figuring the far shore was a safe place to rest. He was wrong.
The alligator market fluctuates every year, and so do the fortunes of the hunters who rely on selling wild alligators to make their living. The market hit a high $40/f ft. rate for gators in the late 80′s and dipped to an unsustainable $13/ ft. for the same size gator in 2010, but things have been getting slowly better. Read on to see how the market was for alligators this year.
Alligator hunter Tom Candies will be joining the cast of Swamp People Season 4 along with partner ZZ Loupe, a 16-year-old fellow alligator hunter who made his memorable pop culture debut in a 2004 episode of Trading Spouses when he was only 8! We don’t know much yet about Tom, but ZZ is no stranger to the public eye. Read on for photos, videos, and more on this remarkable teenage swamper.
Jeromy Pruitt and David La Dart are one of the new gator hunting teams joining the Swamp People cast for Season Four. They’re known for catch and release gator hunting (which, apparently sometimes involves wrestling!) and for using all sorts of unconventional tools and strategies for hunting gators in the old fashioned “choot ‘em” in the head sort of way.