Swamp stars watching locals being replaced on gator hunts
PIERRE PART - Out-of-state hunters are taking a chomp out of a Louisiana tradition, and the state's top hunters are noticing.
"The number of people from out of state putting in for licenses to come to hunt is unbelievable. The last few years it's went up big time," History Channel's Swamp People star Troy Landry said.
"I think it's most from the northern states where there is no alligators and there's not chance for them even get to hunt them," co-star and son Jacob Landry said.
"It's a very unique experience and obviously a lot of people want to experience that," Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist Bob Love said.
This year, more than 500 non-Louisiana residents got alligator fishing licenses compared to about 300 in 2012.
"I had a gentleman from Nova Scotia picking up a license yesterday," Love said.
Wildlife and fisheries gave 3000 Louisiana residents licenses and 38,000 tags.