List of Swamp People episodes
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|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||DVD release|
|Season premiere||Season finale||Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|1||10||August 22, 2010||October 3, 2010||May 31, 2011||N/A||N/A|
|2||17||March 31, 2011||November 17, 2011*||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|3||22||February 9, 2012||July 12, 2012||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4||25||February 14, 2013||February 3, 2014*||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5||22||February 3, 2014||December 8, 2014*||N/A||N/A||N/A|
* - Season includes holiday and best-of specials, which are broadcast several months after the end of its current season.
|#||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Big Head Bites It"||August 22, 2010||4.232|
|Troy Landry, a Cajun whose family goes back three generations, is on a mission to hunt down his own personal "white whale", the notorious "Big Head", a monster gator he's been after for years, and this season, he's threatening the bayou's swimming holes, and must be stopped at all costs. Also: master hunter Junior Edwards and his older son, Willie, make their special hunting weapons, specially designed hooks. Another father and son team, Trapper Joe LaFont and his stepson Tommy, also hit the marshlands, where careless Tommy puts his life at risk.|
|2||"Houdini's Last Escape"||August 29, 2010||2.861|
|Troy enters one of the most mysterious hunting grounds in the swamp: the ominous cypress groves, in search of a monster gator he has named "Houdini" that's escaped his traps for years. Meanwhile, Junior enters a different kind of foreign territory as he reluctantly hosts the ultimate greenhorn, an Italian leather buyer.|
|3||"Troy's Gamble"||September 5, 2010||2.787|
|Troy finds a new honey hole, a corner of the bayou teeming with gators, but the rights to hunt it will cost him a lot of cash. Also: Joe and Tommy contend with their own greenhorn, a landlubber named Bud. Across the swamp, the Kliebard family shows they don't need the aid of computers or a factory—Mike engineers and builds a perfect aluminum boat from scratch, showing off his Cajun ingenuity and expertise.|
|4||"Cannibal Gator"||September 12, 2010||2.753|
|Joe and Tommy come up against the notorious cannibal gator they call "Godzilla," when they discover smaller gators on their bait lines scarred with bite marks. Also: Mike's trying to pass down his vast swamp knowledge to his son T-Mike, while Troy's lines are empty, putting his season in jeopardy.|
|5||"Force of Nature"||September 19, 2010||3.207|
|A cold front is coming, one that could drive gators into early hibernation, ending the season early. It's a race against time as every gator hunter tries to beat the storm.|
|6||"Family Feuds"||September 26, 2010||2.699|
|It's halfway through the grueling alligator season and the stress is taking a toll on families throughout the swamp. Joe and Tommy are fighting... and even Troy is frustrated. Meanwhile, Howard McCrea, a hunter specialising in nuisance gators, tracks a deadly gator.|
|7||"Swamp Wars"||October 10, 2010||3.022|
|As the swampers race toward the end of gator season, Tommy and Joe have a poacher after their catch and vow swamp justice. Meanwhile, Junior and Willie try different ways to earn cash: catching frogs and snakes.|
|8||"Gator Voodoo"||October 17, 2010||2.922|
|With just a week left in the season, the gators have mysteriously stopped biting, and the hunters suspect that it's the full moon that's driving the gators to early hibernation. Swampers fight back with their own tried and true tactics, from hunting in new territories, to a traditional Cajun bait called "shake and bake".|
|9||"Final Countdown"||October 24, 2010||2.845|
|With just a few days left in the season, the hunters rush to tag out before the clock runs out.|
|10||"The Last Battle"||October 31, 2010||3.315|
|It's the final two days of alligator season. There are still a lot of gators to catch, not the least of which is the big daddy of all cannibal gators, the one known as the "Loch Ness Monster". Troy faces his ultimate nemesis, as other swampers race to end the season.|
|#||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Gator Gauntlet"||March 31, 2011||3.851|
|The gator hunters face a new season that will prove to be more challenging than the last. Troy returns with his son Jacob. Joe and Tommy plan on setting new records, hoping that their "shake and bake" bait seasoning will bring in more gators. Junior and Willie have more tags than ever before, and to accommodate them, they're going to need a bigger boat, but even that has its own set of problems. Also: Terral Evans is introduced - while others hunt gators during the day, he catches gators alive at night as a gator wrangler, risking life and limb with every catch with his bare hands.|
|2||"Hunter or Hunted?"||April 7, 2011||3.532|
|Only a few days into gator season, Troy and Jacob have over 300 tags remaining. With hopes of picking up the pace, they head toward a new honey hole — an area with evidence of many large gators. R.J. Molinere and his son Jay Paul are introduced to the show; they soon find evidence of a destructive gator named "Dozer"...an alligator known to rip up the banks like a bulldozer. Also: Joe and Tommy continue their blistering pace as they set out to hunt...but when they have a large gator on the line, Tommy's mistakes cost them big time.|
|3||"Shooting Wild"||April 14, 2011||3.776|
|Troy and Jacob struggle without their old sharpshooter Clint, frustrating the boys. R.J. and J. Paul continue to blaze a trail, threatening to steal Troy's crown as "King of the Swamp". R.J. decides to move the hunt three hours away to an old honey hole. To get there—across rough terrain in remote corners of the swamp—they'll use a secret weapon: an airboat. Meanwhile, veteran solo hunter Bruce Mitchell starts his own season, and he loves to hunt alone, not counting his trusty dog, Tyler. Also: Junior and his crew are speeding along the bayou faster than ever, but they will soon realise that more speed means more danger.|
|4||"First Mates"||April 21, 2011||3.747|
|To get back on track after the departure of their sharpshooter, Clint, Troy enlists the help of a lady gator hunter who's good with a gun, Liz Cavalier. Also: Bruce began the season solidly, racking up the gators and filling tags; but then, his dog Tyler suddenly goes missing. Meanwhile, Joe gets increasingly frustrated when Tommy's behavior disrupts their momentum. Now, a monster gator is popping their lines, and the boys are determined to get him. As the sun sets, Terral and Trapper Agent Corey Hunt are on the trail of a large gator that's been menacing the locals.|
|5||"Hot Pursuit"||April 28, 2011||3.864|
|Troy is benefitting from his new partner, Liz - on her first day, Liz showed her skills, but Troy's goal is to catch 25 gators, and there are still a lot of gators to catch. Also: R.J. and J. Paul captured an impressive gator count so far but it all changes when R.J.'s lines are the target of a poacher. Junior decides to send Willie out on his own, as captain of his own boat, hoping that a tag team tactic would net more gators; however, pleasing Junior won't be as easy as it sounds. Meanwhile, Brothers Glenn and Mitchell Guist, born and raised on the bayou, are hunting and fishing, with a unique way of getting business done.|
|6||"Dark Waters"||May 5, 2011||3.706|
|After a rough start to the season, Troy is back in the groove, and on pace to fill his 320 tags, thanks to Liz; but during a capture, Liz is injured, putting Troy's momentum in doubt. Also: loner Bruce hires a greenhorn named Nick, a local kid who wants learn the craft from a master, to join him on a hunting expedition, but when the kid makes a mistake that could cost Bruce his season, Bruce wishes he was still alone. Meanwhile, Joe and Tommy come up against a massive, aggressive cannibal gator. Then: when the Guist Brothers' food supply is low, they decide to hunt rabbit, using only Glenn's intuition to find the game.|
|7||"Deadly Skies"||May 12, 2011||4.082|
|As a severe storm nears Southern Louisiana, the hunters prepare for the worst. With his sharpshooter Liz still recovering from an injury, Troy and Jacob employ an old Cajun strategy, a special bait to lure the gators despite the storm. Joe becomes incensed when Tommy chose to take a day off, while Joe believes that every day during gator season is a work day, as long as there are tags that need to be filled. But with a storm brewing, Joe is determined to run their lines in any weather, and drags Tommy along with him. Meanwhile, Jay Paul dreamed about catching a large gator in the storm, a dream that may soon become reality. But while the rest of the swampers head to their lines, Junior and Willie are taking theirs down, believing that fighting the storm is not worth the money or effort as long as they're on pace to tag out.|
|8||"Rising Sons"||May 19, 2011||3.982|
|Liz, who was on the mend following her injury, returns to Troy's boat. As they both set out on the hunt together, they got a tip from an older Creole gentleman that a monster gator, nicknamed "T-Rex", has killed a dog and is threatening locals. To catch him, Troy and Liz must board their own pirogue, a rickety wooden contraption ill-prepared to handle a large gator. Meanwhile, after a ton of rookie mistakes on Nick's first day, Bruce puts Nick to the test and challenges Nick to show him what he's learned. Also: Willie is captaining his own boat, but when Willie reaches his first line he realizes he's brought along the oldest shotgun in the arsenal. Willie must find a way to bag gators and fill his tags before Junior ends his days as captain. Later that night, Terral has the day off and sets out to catch catfish by noodling — jumping into the swamp and grabbing the fish with his bare hands.|
|9||"Full Moon Fever"||May 26, 2011||3.836|
|Joe and Tommy are out at work at night, scouting for a new honey hole, but while they're looking for gators, they find another valuable side-benefit - shrimp; they head off hoping to bag a boatload before sunrise. Also that night, Terral, his wife Dana and their friends search for the fabled monster of the Honey Island Swamp. R.J. and Jay Paul search for a poacher who is stealing their gators, but their night plan to find the thieves comes to a standstill when the engine dies and the duo waits for rescue in the dark. Then: Willie goes nighttime snake hunting to make extra money at night while hunting for gators by day. Meanwhile, frogging under the full moon is a Landry family tradition: Troy, Jacob and Troy's dad Mr. Duffy head out in search of tomorrow's dinner. Later that night, the Guist Brothers, who know the swamps as well as anyone, find themselves getting turned around in the dark.|
|10||"It's Personal"||June 9, 2011||4.465|
|Liz offers some of her own hunting ideas to Troy; Willie heads out to hunt solo; R.J. and Jay Paul's lines come under attack by a vicious cannibal gator; a large hog encroaches on Terral's property.|
|11||"Beat The Clock"||June 16, 2011||4.572|
|Tommy screws up again and oversleeps, forcing Joe to hunt by himself. Troy still has over 100 tags to fill and tries to use all hours of the day to fill them. Bruce and Nick are after a notorious gator, nicknamed "Lucifer", who dwells in an area known in Cajun lore as The Devil's Swamp. But the hunt becomes personal when Bruce's faithful dog, Tyler, falls overboard, leading Bruce to catch him before the gator does.|
|12||"Rising Pressure"||June 23, 2011||4.557|
|With only eight days left in the season, the old hot spots are completely fished out. To stay in the game, hunters venture into new grounds. Troy moves his lines every 3 to 4 days to a new area of the swamp. Junior and Willie are headed to a new pond that is teeming with big gators, but the waters in this canal are too shallow, leading Junior to take a risk with his boat and his engine. Meanwhile, tensions between Joe and Tommy escalate when Tommy didn't show up for work yesterday, even more so when they run their lines and find that they are all empty; Joe believes that had Tommy been at work, they would have already run these lines and moved to more populated waters. Then: Glenn and Mitchell are in the mood for squirrel for supper, so they head into the swamp to hunt squirrels.|
|13||"House Divided"||June 30, 2011||4.504|
|After more than twenty years working together, Joe and Tommy have decided to part ways, and split the remaining tags amongst themselves. To fill Tommy's shoes, Joe hires an up and coming hunter named Timmy. Meanwhile, Tommy decides to hire his old friend Steve. While Joe and Timmy continue business as usual like it was a business, the mood is a lot looser for Tommy and Steve, until they find out that gator hunting is serious business that needs to be treated seriously. And with only days left in the season, both teams need to succeed in order to tag out on time. Also: after spending most of the season fishing apart to fill their tags, Junior and Willie are reunited on the same boat, for good reason: Willie spotted a monster gator on the bayou, nicknamed "Moby", which could be the biggest gator anyone has bagged this season. Then: when R.J. and Jay Paul head to a favorite honey hole, they discover they're not alone - duck season has begun, and this area is the duck hunters' own honey hole.|
|14||"Two Captains, One Family"||July 7, 2011||4.359|
|After starting the season with more tags than anyone, Troy's ahead of the game, and on pace to tag out by season's end, but the landscape at his favorite honey hole has changed drastically and water lilies are now clogging the entire area, leading to Troy to find an alternate plan. Across the bayou, Joe's hunting with his new helper, a pistol marksman named Timmy, and so far, the team is working well. Then: Tommy is again captaining his own boat, trying to fill Joe's tags and prove he's an elite hunter. But soon, engine troubles threaten to derail the day and Tommy's tenure as captain could be in jeopardy. Meanwhile: Glenn and Mitchell are again squirrel-hunting, to get the meat needed for their dad's Famous Squirrel and Dumplings.|
|15||"2 Days To Tag Out"||July 14, 2011||3.912|
|In the race to the finish, Troy is on pace to tag out early, until engine problems suddenly stall the hunt, forcing Troy to return to the dock for repairs. Also: as Junior and Willie head to new hunting grounds, they're hopeful momentum will continue to be on their side, but when it's time to bag a beast, Junior realizes he's forgotten the guns. Meanwhile: Bruce and Nick are down to a handful of tags with the finish line in sight, but suffered a setback when they find that a gator on one of the lines they pulled up was mutilated by a cannibal. Then: R.J. and Jay Paul have an ambitious plan to finish on time: using two boats, fishing 150 lines over more territory, but to tag out by season's end, they'll need to catch a boatload in a hurry. Meanwhile: Joe and Tommy bury the hatchet, reuniting for the final push of the season, with Tommy having a better grasp of the situation.|
|16||"Swamp Showdown"||July 21, 2011||5.518|
|It's the final day of the season, and hunters are in a hurry to fill their remaining tags before time runs out. As Troy and Junior head to run lines for the final time, the bayou is buzzing of sightings of a giant gator in the area; both men set their sights on the beast, to win bragging rights in a bayou showdown. Also: Joe and Tommy are feeling a different kind of pressure, when rain soaks their supply of bullets, and they're too far out in the bayou to head back to the dock for more, forcing themselves to make every shot count with no margin for error. Then: R.J. and Jay Paul are on pace to tag out to finish by day's end, with sunny skies and smooth water ahead.|
|17||"Swampsgiving"||November 17, 2011||1.446|
|During the off-season, life goes on for the gator hunters, as they prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday in the swamp. But their idea of a Thanksgiving feast is not strictly turkey and cranberries. Troy and Jacob hunt for wild turkey, venturing into gator-infested waters to bag their catch. Glenn and Mitchell go hunting for squirrel, only to change plans when they catch a rabbit instead; they then trade their catch for a couple of snapping turtles that a neighbor caught. R.J. and Jay Paul hunt wild pigs. And Bruce hunts for gar, using mullet as bait, but when he notices that catfish was taking the bait, Bruce changes the bait, using their freshly-caught catfish as the bait; later, they stay up late to catch frogs.|
|#||Title||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Gator Gold Rush"||February 9, 2012||4.777|
|It is the first day in the 2011 gator season, and there's word that there are more gators available for the hunting, with the makings of a very lucrative season. Hunters forge their plans to not only make every minute count, but also make every gator count. Some will be using their same tricks and people that brought them success last season, while others split off on their own, in hopes that they'll get their own piece of the action. Liz, after working the previous season with Troy, splits off to work on her own, in Pecan Island, in hopes that she'll keep her late father's gator-hunting legacy alive. Meanwhile, Troy is reunited with Clint, who takes Liz's place, as they hunt a gator, "The Godfather", who literally rivals Troy as "King of the Swamp". Also, R.J. and Jay Paul take on their biggest season yet, with 500 tags to be filled in 30 days. Then: Bruce starts his hunting season with a secret weapon -- Ron, a sniper who was a veteran in the War in Iraq.|
|2||"No Guts, No Gator"||February 16, 2012||4.355|
|Junior and Willie hunt down a nuisance gator they call "Leo the Lion", known for its roar, but it proves that no line can snare this gator, and is reluctant to go down without a fight. Troy and Clint visit a honey hole where they haven't fished for gator in years, except that since then, a levee was built between them and the honey hole. Liz and her assistant, Kristi, are on land to respond to a call that a nuisance gator is invading a fishing camp, and, working outside the safety of their boat, they risk their lives in catching it. R.J. and Jay Paul have trouble with outsiders fishing close to their territory, but when he finds that one of them cut one of his lines to steal a gator, he declares war.|
|3||"Divide to Conquer"||February 23, 2012||4.374|
|Joe and Tommy plan on catching 30 gators in one day; however, Joe's back injury may not only put that goal in jeopardy, it may also put the whole season in jeopardy as well. Troy and Junior, as a way to expand their operations, have their sons share their own boats, with both teams having the same goal: catch the biggest gator they can find -- Troy's other sons, Jacob and Chase, find a huge gator, but in order to catch it, it must trick it into believing that they're going away; while Willie and Randy get a surprise that catches them off-guard when Randy gets struck in the crotch by a fish. Then: Austyn and Blake are long-time residents of the swamp, but rookies in the gator-hunting season -- a local buyer gives them five tags to fill, and in order to get more, they must fill them all in one day; however, they find out that filling them is easier said than done.|
|4||"Monster Marsh"||March 1, 2012||4.584|
|For the first time in his career, Tommy hunts gators alone. Joe is resting while his injured back mends. Tommy's propeller strikes something underwater, possibly a pipeline, and is bent by the impact. Bruce and Ron go to Stinky Bayou (so named because of the methane gas that its rotting algae produces). They find the bog too thick for the boat to pass. Bruce's dog, Tyler, jumps out of the boat, with a large gator in the water nearby. Liz and Kristi go to Monster Marsh, where Liz had a close brush with death 10 years ago. Then they catch a 10-foot gator, one of whose legs has been apparently chewed off by another alligator. A buyer gives Austyn and Blake one tag, to be used on a large nuisance gator on the property of a man the buyer knows. The gator is in a landlocked pond, which the boys access using a pirogue.|
|5||"Avenged"||March 8, 2012||4.997 |
|Troy is on a lookout for a gator who was known to have eaten rabbits in his backyard; he and his boys go on the hunt for the gator, vowing to catch him before his loved ones get hurt. R.J. and Jay Paul are on the hunt for "Bigfoot", a large gator that has been at large for the last 35 years, when he mauled one of their tribal elders. Liz and Kristi observe a gator eating bait off one of their lines; when he escaped, Liz made it her priority to catch him before he gets way again. And: when Glenn & Mitchell Guist needed new wood for their porch, they do it the Cajun way -- they "fish" old cypress logs out of the water.|
|6||"Treebreaker 2"||March 15, 2012||5.229|
|Jacob and Chase look for a gator they call the "Son of Treebreaker", after another tree-breaking gator was spotted in the same area as a similar gator they caught last season, but it seems that the gator has eluded all of their attempts to catch him. R. J. and Jay Paul go to a "hive", an area of floating marsh, as a way to up their gator count for the day and to help R. J. take the "King of the Swamp" crown; however, to him, while every gator counts, size still matters. Willie and Randy go hunting on their own, but their father, Junior, takes away their treble hook, saying that using poles and bait are more effective. In defiance, the boys decided to make a new hook of their own, as a way to prove their father wrong; however, they wonder if doing so was actually worth the trouble. Then: Glenn & Mitchell go fishing for alligator gar, but they ended up catching an actual alligator, which they're not authorized to catch.|
|7||"Something Wicked This Way Comes"||March 29, 2012||4.326|
|As Tropical Storm Lee approaches the Louisiana coast, the hunters prepare for the worst, while trying to catch as much gators as they can before the storm makes landfall and conditions become too dangerous to hunt. The Landrys continue their two-boat method of hunting gators; however, while Jacob and Chase completed their hunt and made it back safely, Troy and Clint find themselves seeking shelter at an old fisherman's camp, as it become too dangerous to even return home. Liz and Kristi also continue the hunt as well, but they suffer a setback when the sights on Liz's rifle were off, leading to Liz using her backup weapon - a magnum hand gun. Austyn and Blake have five tags to fill for their buyer, but not only they need to have them filled before the storm, they also have to move their houseboat to safety. And Joe, who's recovering from his back injury, rejoins Tommy on the gator hunt, hoping to take advantage of the time before landfall to increase their gator count, but as they are closer to the Gulf and the storm's center than the other hunters, they find themselves battling the elements with full force.|
|8||"Rising Waters"||April 5, 2012||4.507|
|As Tropical Storm Lee gets closer to the Louisiana coast, the hunters rush to complete their hunt and get home safely before the storm arrives; not only do they fear for the safety of themselves and their loved ones, they also fear for an early end to gator season, due to the colder waters storms bring. Troy and Clint race across Lake Verret in hopes of catching more gators on the other side, but the high winds, waves and rain may sink their boat and leave them stranded in the middle of the lake. Jacob continues the hunt as well, but finds himself short-handed without Chase, who was recovering at home after getting a hook stuck in his foot. Bruce and Ron explore uncharted territory when high waters flood the surrounding land, but when they caught a yellow gator, they also caught a bad superstition, as they found themselves dodging sunken trunks, a tornado and venomous insects, on top of getting lost. Austyn and Blake continue the gator hunt for their buyer, and finds a gator that meets his expectations -- however, in order to shoot it, they must step on a huge fire ant hill. And Joe and Tommy race to run their lines before the storm comes in, but the longer they stay out, the less chance they'll make it back alive -- and when they do, they still had to get their place and their families ready for the storm.|
|9||"Rebound"||April 12, 2012||4.958 |
|After Tropical Storm Lee passed through Louisiana, the hunters try to pick up where they left off. The storm surge has caused several levees to be breached in Myrtle Grove, leading to Joe to prepare for potential flooding, while Tommy rustles up a herd of cattle to be moved to higher ground. The gators have also moved to other areas, due to salt water intrusion, leading to R.J. and Jay Paul to find where they are located, each in their own airboat; but while this tactic increases their chances for a big gator count, only one of them has the gun; also, Jay Paul finds a fawn, whose mother perished in the storm. Liz and Kristi inspect their houseboat to make sure it survived the storm, then went back to business, hunting a large gator that they named "Mr. Lee", after the storm, but after Mr. Lee evaded all efforts to be caught, Liz baits the lines with a secret weapon -- nutria. Junior and his other assistant, Malcom, fish in an area known as "Lizard Lane", which is teeming with gators; however, their time in Lizard Lane is limited, as once the flood waters recede, they may find themselves stranded in the mud. And Glenn & Mitchell go fishing for crayfish, to replenish their food supply which they had consumed during the storm.|
|10||"Gates of Hell"||April 19, 2012||4.460 |
|Halfway into the gator hunting season, the hunters work hard to catch up to make up for time lost to Tropical Storm Lee. Troy and Clint hunt for gator in the Intracoastal Waterway, but when finding unfavorable conditions there, they go to a lily-choked area called the "Gates of Hell", which live up to its name after getting stuck in the lilies and risking burning out their motor. Joe and Tommy find a honey hole in the midst of the higher waters, but when they caught a large gator the thrashing gator strikes Joe's arm, almost breaking it. R.J. celebrates his 50th birthday, and in celebration, he vows to catch 50 gators. Junior rethinks his strategy of using two boats to catch gators when he determines that the two-boat technique is costing him more money; as a result, he informs Willy and Randy that they'll lose their boat if they can't catch at least six gators that day, the least amount needed to make the two-boat technique economically-viable.|
|11||"Under Siege"||April 26, 2012||4.012 |
|R.J. and Jay Paul go to Delta Farms, an underwater ghost town that was flooded out by a levee break in 1972; here, they hunt down "Pas Tout Là" ("Not All There"), a large gator that was not only menacing other wildlife, but other gators as well. Troy and Clint are on the hunt for "King Tut", a gator that had been eluding their capture for the last ten years. Liz and Kristi try to capture "Tête Dure" ("Hard Head"), a gator that not only eluded their capture, but was also practically bulletproof. And Glenn & Mitchell was hired by a friend of theirs, Blake (not to be confused with Austyn's cousin of the same name), to move his houseboat to a new location, in exchange for some smoked gar fish for them.|
|12||"Secret Weapons"||May 3, 2012||4.223 |
|With the hunters entering the second half of the gator-hunting season, they implement their own special techniques that would help them increase their gator count. Jacob and Chase have their grandpa, Troy's father Duffy, along for the ride as they explore a new honey hole -- a spot that Duffy had fished 50 years ago. Austyn and Blake find their regular honey hole blocked by the Army Corps of Engineers for levee repair work, forcing them to find a new spot; while they found success there, they found themselves with too much to handle when a line snagged two gators. Bruce and Ron hunt for the largest gator they can find using their own secret weapon -- chicken infused with extra blood. Junior and Malcom hunt for gator on the opposite side of a dike, requiring them to use a pirogue, but when the gators they hunt were too heavy for the pirogue, they had a solution -- tow them back while the dead gators wear lifejackets.|
|13||"Scorched"||May 10, 2012||3.836 |
|It's the hottest day of the year, and one bound to break records. But the high heat helps stir the gators into a frenzy, giving the hunters a potential for a bumper crop. However, the high heat also not only affects the health of the hunters, it also affects the dead gators, and time is of the essence in order to prevent the dead gators from being spoiled, making the catch worthless. Troy and Clint hunt for gators in Lake Verret, but as temperatures increase, they rush to get their early catch on ice at the buyers before continuing their hunt. Junior and Malcom treat the heat as a good luck charm, as Junior experienced success in the heat previously, but when they have nothing to cool down the dead gators, they try a method that they thought was risky: submerging the carcasses in water along the shore while they continue hunting. Liz and Kristi go to Bayou Black, where Liz first hunted when she was younger, but not only were they ill-equipped to keep the dead gators cool, they ran out of gas, stranding them in the marsh at the hottest time of the day. Bruce and Ron visit the Cypress Graveyard, a part of the swamp littered with dead cypress trees and hunting blinds for deer season, but not only do they risk the heat, but they also risk getting lost in a "maze" of bayous.|
|14||"Voodoo Bayou"||May 17, 2012||4.103 |
|(This episode was dedicated to Mitchell Guist, who died on May 14, 2012.) The tides are running abnormally high, and the gator hunters use it to their advantage to hunt gators in waters that were otherwise inaccessible, where the potential of catching large gators are great. Austyn and Blake hunt for gators in Dead End Bayou, an area known for large gators, with a possibility of catching their largest gator ever. Troy and Chase hunt in Duck Lake Bayou, waters where past generations of the Landry family hunted for gator; it is here that Troy hopes that Chase catches his largest gator. R.J. and Jay Paul hunt in the Houma tribe's sacred grounds that was flooded over, where only the natives are allowed to hunt. In keeping with tradition, they hunt for gator using a "smart stick" - a stick with a string on it that gets snagged in the gator's stomach after it takes the bait; R.J. and Jay Paul find that the "smart stick" lives up to its name. Joe and Tommy hunt in Voodoo Bayou, an area known to be cursed, as it is littered with submerged debris and abandoned boats; they fear that they were caught up in the superstition when their engine stalls, and later, when a gator stares them down.|
|15||"Turf War"||May 24, 2012||3.818 |
|After three weeks, the gator season enters the home stretch. And while there are still gators to be caught, the hunters have other tasks that need to be done -- tasks that they normally do outside of gator season. And in some cases, their two jobs are about to collide. Today is the first day of shrimping season, and Joe and Tommy are intent on doing double duty that day: gator hunting in the morning and shrimping in the afternoon. Then: Liz and Kristi are also on a mission to protect Kristi's livelihood -- when Kristi isn't hunting gator, she's wrangling cattle at her family's ranch. Liz and Kristi hunt a nuisance gator that was threatening her grandfather's cattle. Also: Junior's right-hand man Malcom earns most of his annual income hoop-netting for catfish; however, high water has moved a new gator population into Malcom's catfish hot spot. To rid the fishing grounds of the menace, they enlist Willy and Randy's help. Later at night, Junior would do catfishing on his own, while Willy and Randy catch frogs. And: Glenn and Mitchell's friend stopped by with an old boat motor in serious need of fixing, but when they couldn't find the part they need, they find out that a friend of theirs has it, provided that they can get by the language barrier.|
|16||"Big Gators, Big Dollars"||May 31, 2012||4.849 |
|With one week to go in the gator season, it is more important than ever to catch as many gators as they can. And with the demand on gator hides on the upswing, the bigger the gator, the more money they can get. Troy and Clint go to a honey hole where, five years earlier, Troy caught 80 gators in a single day, but present conditions made entering and leaving the bayou difficult. Willy and Randy follow a huge gator that had all but eluded their capture. R.J. and Jay Paul hunt down "Gourmand", a huge rogue gator known to eat anything and everything, but not only were all efforts to catch the gator seem futile, it also consumed their entire bait supply for the day, leading to R.J. using a suitable substitute -- his chicken sandwich. And Austyn and Blake go hunting for gators for Troy's buyer, but the gator they were after has popped several of their lines. At the end of the day when they cash in, they get some pointers on gator hunting from Troy himself.|
|17||"Never Say Die"||June 7, 2012||3.892 |
|With less than a week remaining, the gator hunters go full speed ahead to hunt as much gator as they can. But their efforts become even more challenging when their honey holes get fished out and when they start feeling weary and sore after many days of continuous hunting. Jacob and Chase hunt in a honey hole they call "The Armpit"; while at first they thought it was going to be a lucky day (as they found a horseshoe with one of the hunted gators), their luck suddenly runs out when their baited lines gone untouched and, at one point, they stumbled onto a hornet's nest. To turn their luck around, they used the remnants of their relatives' past hunts, figuring that the hunters of the past may know where the gators are. Liz and Kristi also continue the gator hunt, but with Liz's hands in pain and her body aching from handling the rope all season, she depends on Kristi more than ever to catch the gators, even if it means Kristi risking her life in doing so. Joe and Tommy visit a honey hole thought to be teeming with gators, but found out that a bull gator that they named "Big Jake" has driven all the gators away, and all their usual efforts in reining him in, including "shake and bake", don't work, leading them to resort to a special bait that Big Jake can't refuse -- shad. Junior's regular assistant, Malcom, sustained a foot injury while fishing for catfish, leading him to hire his cousin, Gerald, to take Malcom's place, but the day was thought to be all for nought when Gerald inadvertently scared away a large gator.|
|18||"Cold-Blooded"||June 14, 2012||3.862 |
|With five days remaining in the season, a cold front approaches the area, which could drive gators into hibernation and end the season early, forcing the hunters to step up their game to ensure that they can tag out in time. Jacob and Chase use the same tactic that their father Troy used last season to attract fleeing gators -- rotten beef melt; later, they visit a canal that has seen little boat traffic, as they determine that the gators are on their way to hide there. R.J. and Jay Paul use an airboat to hunt gators, but doing so comes with dangerous risks, as there is nothing in that part of the swamp that can shelter them from the high winds, so they later switch venues -- and switch boats. Junior and Willie are together again as a team, but when no one was taking the bait, they follow the gators to their hiding spots, in hopes that the gators are willing to bite. And Bruce and Ron's season face an early end when not only the cold front endangers their hunt, but also flooding waters from nearby Lake Pontchartrain is threatening their hunting grounds, creating brackish water that drives away the gators.|
|19||"King of the Swamp"||June 21, 2012||4.068 |
|With four days remaining in the season, the hunters do all they can to insure that they will tag out by the end of the season, hoping that they would take the title of "King of the Swamp". But in some cases, personal matters ended up tossing a wrench into the works. Troy and Clint put their own hunt on hold when they help a friend, Rebel, finish his hunt after his partner, Julius, died. But it becomes a challenge when not only they find themselves hunting in marshland (an area unfamiliar to Troy), but also because the gators refuse to take the bait, leading to Troy to question if it was worth putting his own hunt on hold. R.J. and Jay Paul continue their hunt with full speed ahead, with only 71 out of 500 tags to go. Willie and Randy hunt for the last time this season as a team, as Randy's other profession -- fishing for buffalo fish -- is starting to gear up. And Bruce and Ron are not only enduring another fruitless day in the swamp, putting their season in doubt, Bruce's trusty dog Tyler is again getting sick, stemming from congestive heart failure that he suffered earlier, putting extra stress on Bruce.|
|20||"Man Down"||June 28, 2012||3.969 |
|Three days remain in this gator hunting season, and the hunters are working hard under pressure to tag out in time. Troy and Clint, who have 45 tags of their own remaining, continue to work to help Rebel tag out himself, but it proves to be a challenge when the gators just steal their bait and leave, leading Rebel to create a solution to keep the gators where they are when they take the bait. R.J. and Jay Paul continue to work hard to tag out in their 500-tag season, but the hard work is taking a toll on R.J. mentally and physically, leading to Jay Paul to help his dad accomplish his goal. Joe and Tommy hunt a large gator they call "Fat Cat", but the gator eludes all efforts to be caught. leading to Joe using the "shake and bake" method. And Glenn and Mitchell fish for gar and gives some of their smoked catch to their sister, Tonya -- on the condition that she cooks them some turtle sauce piquant, using the turtles that they caught. But it's a task that becomes impossible when Tonya finds out that the turtles were snapping turtles.|
|21||"Fight to the Finish"||July 5, 2012||4.304 |
|(Originally titled "Stick and Move") With two days remaining in gator season, the hunters do all they can to tag out by tomorrow. For some, it's a piece of cake; for others, it means working hard overtime. Joe and Tommy hunt a new spot that Tommy thinks is teeming with gators, gambling precious time in the process, because there's a chance that Tommy's hunch may be incorrect. R.J. and Jay Paul continue on their gargantuous trek to tag out in time, using a technique they call "stick and move" to speed up the process. Junior and Willie reunite to hunt on what they hope is their final day of the season by tagging out a day early, with one of their goals being to hunt down "Big Bertha", a 12-foot gator that has eluded Junior many times before. Liz and Kristi revisit Liz's father's old honey hole that they visited in the season's first episode, with hope that luck and her father's spirit are on their side. And Troy and Clint resume their own hunt, still facing 45 tags in two days, and Troy aims for 30 gators today. To accomplish this, they go to a remote bayou, in hopes that it has an abundance of gators.|
|22||"Endgame"||July 12, 2012||5.188 |
|Today is the last day of the season, and the hunters do all they can to tag out before sundown -- any tags remaining not only mean money lost, but also pride lost. Troy and Clint, with 18 out of 470 tags remaining, and R.J. and Jay Paul, with 11 out of 500 tags remaining, fight to the finish for the "King of the Swamp" title, not only racing to tag out in time, but also to find the biggest gator they could find. Liz and Kristi, with seven tags out of 260 remaining, return to their prized honey hole, but a fish kill is causing the gators to take the fish instead of the bait, leading them to fish elsewhere, but when their spots got fished out with one tag remaining, they resort to hunting for that last gator in open water. And: Bruce and Ron, with 45 tags remaining, face longshot odds to tag out, leading them to make every minute count when hunting gators, but they will find out that giving all they got is not good enough.|
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|1||"Swamp Invaders"||February 14, 2013||4.42|
|The 2012 alligator hunting season had a late start, due to Hurricane Isaac making landfall in Louisiana, pressuring hunters to hunt as many gators as they can in a short period of time. Troy takes on his oldest son, Brandon, as his partner after Clint decided to concentrate on his turtle farm, but the storm (which caused the gators to spread out) and a novice partner makes the season more challenging. Furthermore, Troy contends with a couple of out-of-towners from Texas, T-Roy and "Bigfoot", who are hunting in Louisiana not only to take advantage of the more-relaxed hunting regulations, but also to get a head start on their gator hunting, which starts later in Texas. Troy and T-Roy make a friendly wager to see who catches the biggest gator, with Troy hoping that they worry less about Texas being messed with. Also: R.J. and Jay Paul take on 365 tags for the shortened season, as well as a chance to hunt in a territory closer to home, but not only do they have a greater risk of not tagging out in time, Jay Paul also risks his life hunting a gator that had evaded all other efforts. And while Kristi helps clean up her farm after the storm, Liz takes on a temporary replacement for Kristi -- Liz's daughter, Jessica. Liz is especially counting on help from Jessica and Kristi this season, along with new apparatuses to assist her in the hunt, as the removal of her gall bladder earlier in the year precluded her from heavy lifting, but even that will not stop Liz from hunting as many gators as possible.|
|2||"Texas Hold 'Em"||February 21, 2013||4.09 |
|On the second day of gator season, the Landrys are not only struggling to catch gators, they're also struggling to find the biggest gator they can find, in order to win a bet made by Texas boys T-Roy and Bigfoot. While Troy and Brandon hunt in "The Armpit", Jacob and Chase hunt in a gated area of the swamp called "The Gates", where they hope to find the larger gators there. But even though they shoot a gator, it doesn't mean that the gator is either dead -- or wounded. Junior and Willie also began their gator hunt, but Willie questions Junior's ability when not only he let Willie do all the hard work, he also forgot the bullets to the gun, leading Willie to kill the gator the old fashioned way -- with a pocket knife. Bruce and Ron also start their hunt, but their day ended soon after it started when they not only faced closed exits on Interstate 55, but they find that their canal is clogged with Roseau cane, making passage impossible and even getting out just as impossible. And: Glenn Guist, whose home was flooded by Hurricane Isaac, takes time to remember his late brother, Mitchell, who died four months earlier of a heart attack.|
|3||"Floating Dead"||February 28, 2013||4.42 |
|One week into the season, the gator hunters face yet another challenge -- a fish kill caused by the fallen leaves from Hurricane Isaac robbing the fish of precious oxygen. This led Troy and Brandon, and T-Roy and Bigfoot to find other places to hunt, trying not to step on each other. And on Pecan Island, Liz and Jessica are also enduring a fish kill, but they try to use that more to their advantage, by catching catfish that are still alive and using them as bait. And in the northern part of Louisiana near the Arkansas border, another hunting team, Jeromy and David, hunt near Marion, in the search for "The Beast of the East" -- a huge gator that had eluded many hunters in the past, leading to Jeromy and David to hunt using a muzzle-loaded rifle, along with using David's secret "monkey milk" as bait.|
|4||"Bad Mojo"||March 7, 2013||4.46 |
|Roughly a week into the first season, and bad luck remains on the hunters' side all around. The swamps around Pierre Part is being invaded by poachers, stealing valuable gators that were caught by the hunters. However, the poaching problem was further exacerbated by other problems: Troy and Brandon confront T-Roy and Bigfoot for hunting on their turf, which they blame on bad advice from their source. In addition, when T-Roy and Bigfoot catch a sizable gator, another problem lurks overhead when a wasp's nest hovers above the catch site -- and T-Roy is allergic to insect stings with no antivenin on hand. Also: Bruce and Ron's bad luck continue when not only a dam made of Roseau cane was blocking the way, but Bruce's family's fishing camp, where the prize honey hole is located, was literally wiped out by Hurricane Isaac. And another team of hunters was introduced as seasoned hunter Tom mentors 16-year old ZZ, the son of a hunter who mentored Tom, as they search for gator in Lac des Allemands, near Thibodaux.|
|5||"Blood Lines"||March 14, 2013||4.20 |
|Nine days into the hunting season, the gator hunters desperately look for a good day of hunting, in the face of an already-lackluster start due to Isaac. Jacob and Chase got their chance, when they landed numerous gators. But Junior and Willie's efforts were slowed down when they had to rescue a pack of hunting dogs and a cow from the swamp, causing precious time to be lost. To add insult to injury, a gator they caught was not lead, leading it to bite Willie's fingers and crush his toe, leading to a trip to the hospital. Liz and Jessica try to land a large gator, but when the gator got away, not only did it break Jessica's fishing pole, it also broke her pride. Later, their engine broke when it struck a submerged log, putting their chances of tagging out in jeopardy. And as a cold front enters Northern Louisiana, Jeromy and David find a hot spot where gators are still thriving, except that it's not easily accessible, forcing the guys to enter in a small plastic pirogue with an outboard motor fashioned from a weed eater.|
|6||"Waging War"||March 21, 2013||4.81 |
|About a week and a half into the season, the hunters continue to find the biggest gator they could find during a shortened season. This is especially true for T-Roy and Bigfoot, who will be returning to Texas in a couple of days. They hunt in an area that was teeming with gators, except that their boat may be too big for the hunting grounds. Also: Troy and Brandon hunt in the Intracoastal Waterway, which is not only loaded with tankers and ships, but also with big gators. Meanwhile, Jacob and Chase return to The Gates to hunt "Jaws", a huge gator that they tried to hunt earlier, but got away. And Bruce and Ron hunt The Flats in hopes to reversing their string of bad luck that may not only cost them this season, but next season as well.|
|7||"Deadly Chill"||March 28, 2013||4.56 |
|A cold front had descended onto the swamplands, all but endangering the season as the gators were tricked into going into hibernation. But the hunters have a few tricks up their sleeve to keep the hunt going despite the cooler weather. Jacob and Chase go to a borrow pit, where a levee separates it from the rest of the swamp, preventing cooler water from entering. However, the boys must manage to get their boat over the levee. R. J. and Jay Paul hunt for two massive gators, using a secret method passed down from earlier generations of the Houma people. Bruce and Ron discover that a cannibal gator is eating the smaller gators, leading to the two to find and kill the gator before the canal is depleted of other gators. And Glenn teams up with his friend, T.K., as they go hunting for squirrel.|
|8||"No Surrender"||April 4, 2013||4.19 |
|Today is T-Roy and Bigfoot's final day of gator hunting in Louisiana before returning to Texas for the start of gator season there, working overtime to find the biggest gator they could find and win Troy's bet. Troy and Brandon also work all day at a sure-fire place for big gators -- his secret honey hole. Liz and Jessica resume their hunt after fixing their boat motor, but it may come to a quick end as the heavy weight of the gators endangers Liz's sutures from her gall bladder surgery, leading Jessica to take a big risk to make sure a big gator doesn't get away. And when gators weren't biting in the still-cold waters, R.J. and Jay Paul hunt for gators in the marshlands, hoping their season doesn't come to an early end.|
|9||"Breaking Point"||April 11, 2013||4.11 |
|Two weeks into the season, the hunters are starting to show fatigue, but they soldier on anyway to keep on pace to tag out at the end of the season, despite the difficulties. Jacob was a little perturbed when Chase overslept that morning, showing up late for the hunt, as well as failing to keep on top of his game. Bruce is also having trouble with his hunting mate, Ron, as he missed shots and failed to load his gun at a time when it was needed most. Liz and Jessica, hoping to concentrate more on size than numbers, experience numerous problems when a gator breaks a line, stealing their treble hook, then later, Liz's gun was empty as she tried to fire at another gator. And Junior and Willie's partnership as gator hunters comes to an end after a very frustrated day, which peaked when bullet fragments accidentally hit Willie; having enough, Willie decides to quit, despite Junior still holding 175 tags to be filled.|
|10||"Cursed"||April 18, 2013||4.48 |
|14 days into the season, the gator hunters already feel that the season had been cursed, but even more so today. Bruce and Ron, who found a yellow gator last season, find two in the same day, making Bruce hesitant to even carry them back on his boat. Troy and Brandon caught two gators which, miraculously, came back to life. One of them after being unloaded at the buyers; to add insult to injury, that gator bit Troy's foot through the boot, causing bleeding and a possible infection that could send him to the hospital. R.J. and Jay Paul face another day with empty lines and an empty marsh, forcing them to seek help from a higher authority -- their tribal elders and the medicine man in a special tribal ceremony. And T-Roy and Bigfoot are back in Texas to begin gator season there, which operates a little differently from in Louisiana -- their first hunt involves a nuisance gator threatening a resident's dogs.|
|11||"Ride or Die"||April 25, 2013|
|Midway into the hunting season, the hunters, desperate for help, are counting more and more on their assistants to catch as many gators as they can find, and as always, the bigger the better. Junior, still smarting from Willie's exit from the hunt, recruits his wife, Theresa, to be his assistant, but after a boating accident six years earlier, she is still hesitant to get back on the water, despite willing to do it for family. Jessica had a dream that a very large gator was snagged on the last line of the day, and was anxious to see if it came true, but Liz said that they had to check the other lines first. Tom has doubts on ZZ's abilities of being a gator hunter, as he frequently fools around and doesn't put away tools properly, but following a pep talk, ZZ goes up to bat when they caught a large gator. And David and Jeromy continue their search for "The Beast of the East", having a hunch that he's in a landlocked pond. But in order to get there, they had to trek across land. And Jeromy, though being brave around gators, is scared of snakes.|
|12||"Devoured"||May 2, 2013|
|Into the second half of the hunting season, the hunters are finally hitting their stride; however, Mother Nature still calls the shots, putting a monkey wrench into the hunters' plans. The Landrys' prized honey hole is being devoured by a large sinkhole that was created by underground mining, and the lines that they set the day before are at risk of being devoured themselves, leading them to risk their lives to try to get all the lines -- and the gators they snagged. R.J. and Jay Paul return to their marshland to check the lines they set the night before, only to find that lilies have mysteriously appeared overnight, clogging the lines and making retrieving the gators more dangerous. Liz and Jessica look for the "Monster of Monster Marsh", a huge gator that had eluded Liz and her family since her childhood, but the hunt becomes extra risky as a thunderstorm approaches the area. And David and Jeromy continue their search for "The Beast of the East", having actually seen the gator in their sights, only for it to slip through when the battery in their outboard motor dies, leaving them stranded and miles from civilization.|
|13||"Young Blood"||May 9, 2013|
|As the hunters are now in the second half of the gator hunting season, the hunters are relying more on their younger partners to hunt bigger and more plentiful gators. But with opportunity comes the risk of danger. Jay Paul and a friend of his scout around the swamp in the middle of the night, looking for ideal places to catch gator, but the night time is when gators are out looking for food, and when their spotlight burned out, they found themselves eyed for the main course. Willie and Randy are hunting on their own for the first time since Willie split from Junior, in a place called "Gator Heaven", an area of marsh that was never hunted in the last 40 years, providing an opportunity to catch large and plentiful gators. But to get to and from Gator Heaven, they must first go through cottonmouth hell. And it looked to be a great day for hunting for Troy and Brandon, until Brandon told Troy that his boss back in the city needed him to come back to work early, forcing Brandon's hunting season to be cut short and Troy to look for another partner.|
|14||"Deadly Duo"||May 16, 2013|
|The gator season is in full swing, but circumstances forced the hunting teams to change partners. Troy, after losing Brandon last episode, steals Chase away from Jacob, but when they yielded only small gators in areas where Chase thought there were giants, he began to entertain second thoughts. Meanwhile, Jacob finds a new partner of his own, Marie Lacoste, a neighbor of his who was also a seasoned gator hunter; he finds out that Marie has hunting methods that he would have never thought of. Liz and Jessica return to Monster Marsh for their final day of hunting together, as Jessica will be returning back to her own job; but, as they say, they're saving the best for last, except that "the best" will be difficult to haul back on the boat, especially with their regular boat left behind and Liz still recovering from her surgery. And Jeromy and David take time out away from the marsh to fish out a nuisance gator from a Monroe resident's swimming pool, but the hunt turns bittersweet when the little girl asks what they were going to do with the gator after they catch it. And once they make a promise, they feel obligated to keep it.|
|15||"Lightning Strikes"||May 23, 2013|
|With 9 days to go in the season, the gator hunters need every spare moment in order to tag out on time. But once again, Mother Nature has other plans as a front with severe weather crosses across Louisiana. Bruce and Ron decide to take a risk and hunt while it was lightning out, a condition that can by very dangerous for all sportsmen, but the day ended up being a write-off anyway after Tyler, Bruce's trusty dog, falls overboard off the boat's bow as it sped through the bayou. R.J. and Jay Paul hunt in an area called the Boundary Waters, in hopes that the higher waters could mean more gators. David and Jeromy use the rising waters of the storm to take advantage of hunting in an otherwise-inaccessible area called "The Chute", in their continuing search for The Beast of the East, but their incompetence is not only affecting the hunt, it's also straining their friendship. And T-Roy and Bigfoot, striking out after the storm washed their trademark "Marsh Marinade" off their bait, use an alternative that would surely attract gators -- a liver of a wild pig.|
|16||"Sabotaged"||May 30, 2013|
|With 8 days to go in the season, the gator hunters find themselves competing with duck hunters, as it is the start of duck season. And some find out that the duck hunters don't always play nice. R.J. and Jay Paul start the day with a little duck hunting themselves before moving on to gator hunting, but not only they found some of their lines knocked down, when they did find a gator, they found themselves without a gun, which they left at home following the duck hunt, forcing them to kill the gator using a more archaic method -- a hammer. Bruce and Ron also found themselves with knocked down lines, leading to Ron to hunt for gator the only other way he knows how -- the sniper way. Liz, without an assistant (with Jessica having gone back to work and Kristi still not available), hires Glenn Guist to be her new assistant; while having fun on the hunt was a sure fire way to lift Glenn's spirits following Mitchell's death, it was several years since Glenn hunted for gator, which concerns Liz a little bit. And Bigfoot is spending more time daydreaming of duck hunting, which caused him to lose scope of hunting for gator in waters that turned colder; and T-Roy is concerned that Bigfoot's dreams of hunting teal will be costing them gators, and it already costed them one.|
|17||"Down Goes the King"||June 6, 2013|
|As the season enters its final week, the gator hunters begin to step up their game. However, some teams find themselves shuffling their roster once again. Glenn, who was working with Liz the last couple of days, will be leaving back for Gonzales the next day for family business, and despite their short stint, Liz is sad to see Glenn go already. But before they leave, they had to contend with an area of swamp that is dominated by a cannibalistic gator who eats other gators. But Liz won't be left without a partner, as Kristi, anxious to rejoin the hunt, had become free again to work for her. But before Glenn leaves, Liz gives him a token of appreciation -- one that will actually keep him company. Jacob will also be losing his partner, Marie, also for family matters, but while the hunt increases at a fever pitch, they accidentally wreck their rifle while capturing a gator. Jacob and Marie were also part of Troy's special challenge, where their goal is to capture 25 gators between the two groups. While both teams managed to accomplish that goal altogether, their season was already thrown into doubt when Troy sprained a muscle in his abdomen while hauling a freshly-killed gator aboard his boat. And David and Jeromy continue their search for The Beast of the East, hunting in a small pond accessible only by pirogue, but with only five tags remaining for the season, their chances of capturing The Beast is running out.|
|18||"Blood Runs Deep"||June 13, 2013|
|With five days remaining in the season, the hunting teams face challenges that may keep them from tagging out. With Troy ordered from his doctor to stay home to recuperate from his injury, Jacob had his uncle, Guy, help him out in the hunt; however, the prospects of tagging out is in doubt when they found very few gators taking the bait. Liz and Kristi are back as a team, but with Kristi having missed most of the season, Liz is worried that Kristi would be unable to perform at her best, especially after being close to losing her life after falling in the water with a live gator. T-Roy and Bigfoot pay a visit with T-Roy's 70-year-old father, whom he haven't spoken to him in years; he's retiring from gator hunting, so he gave T-Roy the rest of his tags to fill. T-Roy honors his request by taking care of him first, and by fishing in his favorite honey hole, which is accessible only by crossing a 10-foot levee. And Glenn, rejuvenated after his short stint with Liz, is back in Gonzales with T.K., hunting for rabbit and gar for tonight's family get-together.|
|19||"Beast of the East"||June 20, 2013|
|With four days remaining in the season, the hunters found themselves doing double the work, when they help out others to tag out, but run the risk of not doing so themselves. But one team was in position to tag out today -- David and Jeromy have two tags left, with one of them reserved for the Beast of the East, which they hope that the extra preparation for the baits would snag the monster gator for sure. Meanwhile, R.J. helps out his cousin Bradley to tag out, but becomes a problem when he find out why he was unable to tag out himself -- the bait was set improperly, keeping the gators from taking it. Jay Paul takes on his mother, Stacey, to fill in while R.J. was away -- while she was a seasoned hunter herself, Jay Paul fears that she's losing her touch with the gun. And Bruce and Ron's chances of tagging out this season becomes a little more distant when they help out another hunter fill his tags.|
|20||"The Reaper"||June 27, 2013|
|With three days remaining in the season, the teams scrambles to find alternative methods to catch alligators and tag out. T-Roy and Bigfoot find themselves hunting a serial killer gator named "The Reaper" that has been snatching cattle from ranches in the middle of the night. With so many remaining tags left, and in spite of suffering an abdominal hernia, Troy Landry decides to forgo doctor's orders to rest, and rally his family to complete the hunting season; with his "honey holes" almost tapped out, Troy decides to go deeper into the swamp, only accessible with ATVs. Liz and Kristi decide to try the same, and hunt on land, only to find the process time consuming. And an inspired Glenn, along with his friends, decide to finish work on a houseboat -- a project started by Glenn's late brother Mitchell, but left unfinished following his death.|
|21||"Deadly Divide"||July 11, 2013|
|Two days remain in the season, and the hunters prepare to go the limit to tag out for the season. But with a cold front fast approaching, there may be no tomorrow. One method used to hasten the path to the finish line is to split up. The Landrys split back up, with Troy and Chase hunting in the Bayou aux Allemands, an area accessible only by boat and lightly hunted. But if he fails to find gator there, it would be a wasted trip, wasted time, and even wasted tags. Junior and Willie reunite for the first time after the gun incident led to Willie hunting on his own, as tagging out for the family is more important; one sure fire way to catch gators is to use a new treble hook that Junior had made, but his wife, Theresa, fears that it may be too heavy. T-Roy and Bigfoot also split up to complete their hunt, but due to Texas laws, the number of poles cannot exceed the number of tags (among other regulations that differ from Louisiana's), making splitting up and their ingenuity a must. And Glenn and the gang finish work on Mitchell's houseboat, which, in their own way, they christened "Camp Mitchell".|
|22||"No Tomorrow"||July 18, 2013|
|On this final day of gator hunting season, the hunters work as hard as possible to tag out in the face of an approaching cold front. And one rule that every hunter should know is to always have a "Plan B". Or in Liz's case, a "Plan Z", as, in order to fill their seven remaining tags, she and Kristi go to a honey hole that hadn't been fished in years, and for good reason -- it's been blocked by a levee. Troy and Chase also visit another honey hole of their own, as an easy way to fill their two last tags, but it's not as easy as it seems, as it's been choked by weeds and a beaver dam. R.J. and Jay Paul have doubts of filling their last nine tags after Jay Paul's dream involving muddy water, a bad omen in the Houma tribe, but an area teeming with gators, but long closed to hunting due to overgrowth, magically clears up. And Bruce and Ron, with only five tags to go at the start of the day (and in better position to tag out, as compared with this time last season), decided to call off the hunt with only one tag remaining when their trusty dog Tyler got sick, with Bruce choosing to end the hunt to get Tyler to the vet. But when they spotted a snagged gator on the way back, Bruce decides to catch it for his last tag, but suddenly becomes dangerous when Bruce attempts to unsnag the gator while on land.|
|23||"Swampsgiving 2"||November 26, 2013|
|This special takes another look at the celebration of Thanksgiving by the gator hunters, who, most often than not, prefer other wildlife over turkey for the main course. Troy and Chase made a bet with T-Roy and Bigfoot on who would shoot the largest wild pig, with the loser getting to cook it; while T-Roy and Bigfoot had easy luck on the open lands of Texas, Troy and Chase found it difficult hunting through the dense swampland. Liz and her family try trapping nutria for their Thanksgiving feast, but when they found all their traps empty, they used a more-reliable method -- hunting them down with their rifles. And R.J. and Jay-Paul go fishing for catfish, using a bow and arrow; however, their fishing trip becomes precariously dangerous when a thunderstorm comes near.|
|24||"Ten Deadliest Hunts"||January 27, 2014|
|A clip show special, featuring the gator hunter's most-memorable gator hunts.|
|25||"Gator Recon"||February 3, 2014|
|A clip show special, featuring the gator hunters' memories of past episodes.|
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|1||"Once Bitten"||February 3, 2014|
|During the 2013 hunting season, gator hunters face an overabundance of gators, due to a shortened 2012 season; while it has a makings of a lucrative season, the expanded gator population poses a danger to those who live around the swamps. While Chase was away on personal business, Troy enlists his nephew, Holden, to help him out with the hunting, but as he's practically a greenhorn, Troy worries that Holden may do more harm than good for the season. Junior takes on his wife, Theresa, as his assistant after Willie leaves to hunt on his own; however, he may find himself shorthanded again when a gator bites down on Theresa's finger. Terral Evans returns to the series with his partner, Johnny Banks, as they hunt for a gator who had eaten a dog that belonged to Terral's father-in-law; the good news that the gator is easy to find, as the dog was equipped with a GPS collar, but, it should be known that batteries do not last forever. And a new Native American team, Roger Rivers and Johny Tenner, hunt the swamps near the western Louisiana town of Zwolle, in search for a snapping turtle that could bring the duo good luck for the season ahead.|
|2||"Aerial Assault"||February 10, 2014|
|As other hunters start a new, potentially-lucrative gator season, some had to face getting new partners, finding new hunting grounds, or even leaving town altogether. R.J. and Jay Paul found a potential honey hole at Creole Bayou, but it's in an area so remote, they brought a supply boat with them, and planned to camp out overnight. However, they had to jettison the supply boat when a line of sunken pylons got in the way, forcing R.J. and Jay Paul to take the risky step to go on alone. Liz takes on her daughter, Jessica, as partner once again when Liz's regular partner, Kristi, got married and pregnant. But not only is Jessica still acting like a greenhorn, they are also facing someone stealing the gators that they snagged on their lines, forcing them to go the best spot they were saving for last -- Crow's Foot -- weeks early. Jacob is also working under a new partner, Marie, when Chase was unable to leave his office job in California. Marie has a new trick up her sleeve, called the "gator bomb", which includes a secret ingredient that came with Jacob's breakfast: pancake syrup. And David and Jeromy, facing slim pickings in Marion, travel to the Atchafalaya River Basin to an area near Raceland, to connect with a buyer that has 30 tags for them to fill; however, in order to get those tags, they must first hunt a nuisance gator that is endangering a family's children in the area.|
|3||"Gator Jacked"||February 17, 2014|
|With gators at an all time high in abundance and market price, everyone is taking advantage -- even gator poachers willing to risk fines and jail time. Troy and Holden find many of their lines cut by a poacher, forcing them to move to a secret honey hole. R.J. and Jay Paul's plan to hunt in Creole Bayou paid off -- however, their celebration was short lived when they found a couple of men hunting out of bounds: David and Jeromy, who was looking for another spot on their own territory after being victimised by poachers themselves. And Willie decides to hunt solo, but with huge gators on the prowl, the biggest challenge is not only the hunting of gator by himself, but also bringing the carcass onto the boat.|
|4||"Gravedigger"||February 24, 2014|
|Challenges abound for gator hunters off and on the water, forcing them to find other ways to catch their gators. Junior hires another assistant, Douggie Acosta, to help him out while Theresa's hand is on the mend; however, his class clown attitude may cost Junior precious time -- and his gators. Bruce finally heads out on the hunt, running late due to the owner's delay in getting the tags; however, he goes on the hunt alone, as his assistant, Ron, is on personal business, and his trusty dog, Tyler, was forced into retirement by Bruce, fearing that this season may kill the aged dog. However, the odds continue not to be in his favor when the water levels recede lower than anticipated. Terral and Johnny go on the hunt for another nuisance gator -- a former friendly gator who had "gone rogue" with one of their neighbors. And Roger and Johny are off on their hunt, but when a gator they caught had part of a tail bitten off, they began to look for a cannibal gator they dubbed "Gravedigger", as the gator is "digging his own grave" with his murderous antics.|
|5||"The Albino Assassin"||March 3, 2014|
|About halfway into the first week, the big gators and the nuisance gators are still up for grabs, but some of the teams are starting to be frayed around the edges. David and Jeromy, already feeling the pinch of being together at all hours away from home, hunt a gator they call "The Albino Assassin", after finding a chewed-up carcass of an albino alligator. After efforts to catch the gator failed, Jeromy introduces a secret weapon -- a "gut cannon" designed to shoot out chicken offal, in hopes that the stench it emits would bring the gator within shooting range. Liz gets on Jessica's case after Jessica overslept, causing them to get a late start in the day's hunt. But while hunting for a huge gator they nicknamed "Macho Man", tensions between them flare up when they stumble all over each other while catching another gator. Jacob found himself hunting by himself after his assistant, Marie, was forced to leave the hunt early when she got sick. Marie's fears for Jacob were realized when a live gator jumped onto the boat, between Jacob and his gun. And in Texas, T-Roy and Bigfoot, while waiting for the start of gator season there, got a call to hunt a nuisance gator that had eaten one of their neighbor's dogs. But the hunt becomes a rather painful challenge when Bigfoot suffers from a hernia.|
|6||"Hooked"||March 10, 2014|
|After the first week passed, some old friends return to help out, though getting used to the swamp again would prove to be a challenge. Chase returns from California to help out Jacob, after Jacob lost his previous assistant, Marie, last episode; however, Chase practically became a greenhorn once again as Jacob figured out that Chase was away from the swamp too long. But when spending a day without catching gators wasn't bad enough, things become more precarious when a hook snagged into Jacob, requiring them to get to the hospital immediately, an emergency mission that became even more dangerous when Jacob lost his key to the boat motor. Troy spends his last day with his assistant, Holden, as he returns to school tomorrow; they make it count by going on the hunt for a large gator called "The Monster of Lake Verret", and Troy makes it count by giving the hunting to Holden. Willie makes a treble hook that he felt would be lighter than the previous hooks, but be just as effective at snagging gators; however, Junior thought that such a design won't work, giving Willie a chance to prove him wrong. And Glenn and TK go hunting for turtle, an important ingredient for tonight's dinner: turtle sauce piquant.|
|7||"Devil at the Door"||March 17, 2014|
|As the season marches on, the job of saving the public from rogue gators is more important for gator hunters than hunting for sport. And some that were hunting for sport face challenges that may cause them not to tag out by the end of the season. R.J. and Jay Paul are on a hunt for a one-eyed monster gator that is threatening a day camp for children, but when all efforts to get the gator eluded them, they used for bait the guts of another gator -- which was mauled to death earlier by the monster gator. T-Roy, days before the start of Texas' gator season, hunt a nuisance gator of his own, but all by himself, as Bigfoot continues to recover from his hernia. Junior and Douggie are on their hunt, though Junior's back injury may bring the day -- and the season -- to an early end. And when Liz and Jessica saw that no gators were taking the bait, they started hunting for blackbirds, which they would use as bait, in hopes that the gators find them to be more delectable.|
|8||"Gator Ghost Town"||March 24, 2014|
|At this time of the gator season, the swamps are getting busy -- not only with the gator hunters, but for sportsmen looking for other animals to catch, leading them to find alternate plans. Bruce decides to take his dog Tyler out of retirement, as he felt that he needed someone to help him hunt. However, their hunting plans have gone awry when he noticed many other sportsmen going out to hunt or fish, leading him to visit an alternate spot that had gained results in the past: a methane-choked area called "Stinky Bayou". David and Jeromy, after finding out that the hunt in Raceland was not going well, move to swamp land near Violet, near New Orleans; however, things got tense when another hunter told them that they were hunting in the wrong place. But after the problem was resolved, they gave David and Jeromy a tip, to hunt in an area called "Gator Ghost Town", a community of fishing camps that was destroyed in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina. Troy and his brother, Guy, hunt for gator in The Shallows, an area where they hunted since they were kids. But while they caught numerous gators, Troy thinks about someday retiring from the sport and handing it over to his sons Jacob and Chase. Speaking of which, the junior Landrys are looking for a monster gator similar to what they caught this year, naming it "Jaws 2".|
|9||"Hexed"||March 31, 2014|
|Strange things have occurred in the swamp, to a point that the hunter's season could be delayed -- or even put to an early end. Roger and Johny hunt in an area called the "Devil's Ditch", a hard-to reach area that's abundant with gators, but also with bad luck, jammed guns, and water moccasins. Junior and Douggie hunt in their favorite honey hole, but found that it was choked with dead fish -- unusual, as it was during nice weather, and not following a storm; with the gators eating the dead fish, they are not taking the bait. Terral and Johnny look for a raccoon that took refuge in their fishing camp; the task becomes even harder to accomplish when the raccoon climbed into the fireplace and up the chimney. And Liz and Jessica suffer bad luck of their own when their rifle jams, only to get even worse when the boat propeller hits something hard, causing it to crack.|
|10||"Rumble in the Swamp"||April 14, 2014|
|With two weeks to go in the season, it becomes desperation time for many hunters seeking to tag out on time. And some are more desperate than others. The Landrys win tags to hunt in a territory in the Bayou Sorrel region known to be more lucrative and have monster gators. However, in order to capitalize on their new tags, the family must focus on gators that are eight feet or large in length. Jacob and Chase are given the bulk of the new tags and have great success finding big gators. With Troy and Guy snagging smaller-sized gators, the brothers start to encroach on the territory of their fellow hunter, Junior Edwards. R.J. and Jay Paul hunt in their native area, but forced to move elsewhere when they saw gators who were simply killed and left where they were. And the relationship of David and Jeromy, still hunting in the Violet area in hopes to get gators, has become not unlike The Odd Couple, in which Jeromy wakes up early in order to exercise, while David snores all night and sleeps in until late. But once they began hunting, situations become tense when Jeromy's rifle misfires, leading to David to shoot the gator himself and threaten to toss Jeromy's rifle into the lake.|
|11||"Beast of the Lake"||April 21, 2014|
|Troy and Guy, continuing their search for huge gators, are on the hunt for "The Beast of Grand Lake", a large gator that they were after long since their childhood. Willie's gator hunt is endangered when he finds that a cannibal gator is on the loose, killing and injuring other gators to a point where it would affect his payout. T-Roy and Bigfoot's gator season begins in Texas, where their goal of the season is to beat the state record for the largest gator captured. And Liz, suffering from a series of setbacks in the first half of the season and over 300 tags yet to fill, recruits her shrimper husband Justin, to help out with his boat. But he won't be doing it alone - Liz hires a friend she met last season, Glenn Guist, to help out.|
|12||"Way of the Swamp"||April 28, 2014|
|In Pecan island, the "Team Liz" group split up, after planning where to go to catch the most gators; of greatest concern was Justin and Glenn, both of whom only have minor experience in gator hunting. Bruce is reunited with his hunting partner Ron, after his family duties had ended, but the reunion might only be brief after a piece of shrapnel hit close to Ron's eye as Bruce shoots a gator. And T-Roy and Bigfoot continue their mission to break Texas' gator record, trying to avoid the smaller gators in the process.|
|13||"Outer Limits"||May 5, 2014|
|Liz and Jessica challenge Justin and Glenn to see who could catch the largest gator, but as Liz's usual hot spots are already dried up, she and Jessica hunt for gators in the Intracoastal Waterway. Troy and Guy visit Hog Island to look for a large gator for a fisherman, who says that the gator was chewing up his fishing nets. Bruce and Ron, with 10 tags left, set a goal to tag out early - something that Bruce didn't want to do. And R.J. and Jay Paul try to make up for lost time when a part on their air boat broke the previous night, delaying the cstart of the hunt until after repairs were made.|
|14||"Blood Brothers"||May 12, 2014|
|With 11 days remaining in the season, Willie has set his sights on tagging out early, enlisting his brother Randy to help out; when they had two tags remaining, they found a great omen when, at a natural gas pumping station, they spotted two large gators who they suspect to be brothers, because of their behavior. In Violet, it's Jeromy and David's last day before they return up north to finish the season, and so far, it was all but a bust; they decide to take one last gamble by hunting in the Mississippi Gulf Outlet area, in hopes that the deeper water would mean more gators. Bruce, seeking more tags to continue the season, turn to Junior Edwards for assistance; he gave him a lead to a local hunter who might have some extra tags available, but being late in the season, and with the tags promised to someone else, Bruce runs the risk of being too late. And T-Roy and Bigfoot continue their hunt to break the Texas gator record by hunting for a nuisance gator spotted by a local property owner; the only catch is that this gator is located in an area accessible only by All-Terrain Vehicle.|
|15||"Gator Ambush"||May 19, 2014|
|With 8 days remaining in the season, the hunters focus on locating the largest gators they could find, even if it means winning bragging rights on the side. Such was the case for Team Liz, in which Liz and Jessica, once again, split from Justin and Glenn, in hopes that they could find a large gator, one that could beat the other duo. Junior spends his final day of hunting with Douggie, who has his own tags to fill; however, they have been catching mainly small gators this season, and Junior hopes to snag a large gator to serve as a big sendoff for Douggie. Junior had finally found such a gator, which he called "Einstein", for being able to outsmart the hunters, but taking down Einstein would require a lot of strategy and patience on Junior's part. Troy and Brandon go out of town to Chicot State Park in the central part of Louisiana to hunt down a nuisance gator named "Big Boy", which was threatening the campers, though the trip would prove quite dangerous when Brandon accidentally dropped the boat motor keys into the water, with a gator making a bee line towards Brandon as he searches for them. And Jacob and Chase, back in Pierre Part, go on a hunt for their own large gator, "Big Al".|
|16||"Beast or Bust"||June 2, 2014|
|With a week remaining in the season, Bruce and Ron hunt for gators in Bayou Piquant, an area that was inaccessible and impassable to boats, but known to be teeming with gators. This would put them into a position to tag out again this season - or so they thought. David and Jeromy are back in the Marion area, in search for huge gators in an area known as The Chute; they especially take a bigger gamble with their lives as they hunt during a thunderstorm. Troy and Brandon continue their hunt for "Big Boy" at Chicot, which became even more personal when they caught the gator, before snapping the line loose. And T-Roy and Bigfoot catch what they thought to be a record-breaking gator - until they noticed part of its tail mauled off, leading them to believe that the real record-breaker was still out there.|
|17||"Captain Invincible"||June 9, 2014|
|Five days remaining in the season, Chase takes the captains chair in his and Jacob's boat, but finds out that he was still a greenhorn when he attempts to shoot a gator with an unloaded pistol. Justin and Glenn worked to try to meet their 15 gator minimum quota for Liz, but when an incident gator left Justin's hand bloodied and his rifle twisted, a trip to the emergency room takes a backseat, as Justin decides to soldier on in the gator hunt first. Junior Edwards' wife Theresa rejoins him on the hunt, but becomes concerned when they catch nothing but small gators. And Roger and Johny get into a disagreement when Roger decides to concentrate on a large gator that was haunting him since childhood, while Johny wants to concentrate on tagging out that day, regardless of gator size.|
|18||"Unbreakable Bonds"||June 16, 2014|
|Four days remaining in the season, Troy and Brandon use an ATV to go deep into the woods to hunt a gator that is threatening the other gators in his honey hole. Junior and Theresa team up with Willie and Randy in a concerted effort to tag out early that day; if they succeed in doing so, Theresa will get a steak dinner cooked by Junior. T-Roy and Bigfoot are also poised to tag out early, but with only five tags remaining, it is their last chance to break the Texas state record for the largest gator caught. And Terral and Johnny's season came to an abrupt end when, as they were just beginning their hunt that day, Terral was notified that his mother had a stroke.|
|19||"Metalhead"||June 23, 2014|
|Two days remaining in the season, it is the final day of Justin and Glenn working as a duo for Team Liz, as they continue the pace to meet their day's goal of filling their tags for gator, an effort that Glenn's brother, Mitchell, would have approved as Glenn returns home. R.J. and Jay Paul return to where they started the season, Creole Bayou, with the goal of ending the season there. David and Jeromy use their final tag to hunt down "Metalhead", a gator that practically evaded all methods of capture. And Bruce and Ron tag out for their third, and final, time this season in what was Tyler's last hunt before retirement. (This episode was dedicated to Tyler, who died April 28, 2014.)|
|20||"Day of Reckoning"||June 30, 2014|
|In this season finale, on the last day of gator season, the hunters are within range of tagging out, and they give it all they got to ensure that they do. For the Landrys, it is especially important as, not only Troy was still contemplating about retiring at the end of the season, but also the fact that the Landrys have always tagged out, and failure is not an option. The family split a batch of the 12 remaining tags, of which Jacob and Chase use to hunt gators at a pond separated by a levee. Liz and Jessica are on their own to tag out with their 15 remaining tags, hunting for gator on land - a situation that's not only dangerous for Liz, but also especially dangerous for Jessica. And Terral and Johnny, whose season ended early due to Terral's mother's stroke, hunt for wild boar that they plan on cooking for the end-of-the-season party, of which Terral's mother is the guest of honor.|
|21||"Lethal Encounters"||July 7, 2014|
|A clip show special featuring moments in which the gator hunters escape with their lives by the skin of their teeth.|
|22||"Swamp Christmas"||December 8, 2014|
|As with Thanksgiving, the gator hunters have their own ideas to celebrate Christmas, aligned with Cajun culture. Troy and Jacob catch crabs for their Christmas dinner while Chase was working, only to discover that many of their traps were emptied, suspecting a poacher, until they found out that the poacher... was Chase. Later at the Christmas dinner, Troy appears as Papa Noël, the Cajun version of Santa Claus. R.J. and Jay Paul catch oysters and frogs for the tribe's Christmas feast, where Jay Paul gives his son a special gift that was passed down from generation to generation: a hunting rifle. And Liz and Justin's sons, Destin and Daimian, hunt their first deer, as part of a Christmas celebration that revolves around camouflage.|
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