“That's how we make our living,” he said. “That's how we pay our bills. If you have an accident driving to work, you are not gong to quit your job.”
The television show has put more money in Landry's pocket, but he said 50 percent of his income is still earned from alligator fishing.
He sells the gators to his brother, who in turn sells the hides to tanneries and the meat to restaurants.
The state of Louisiana issues 30,000 alligator tags each season to 2,200 licensed hunters, and they bring in a small fraction of the gators in Louisiana, which has an estimated population of 2 million, he said.
“They only let us harvest what they think is excess,” he said.
Rotten chickens or rotten beef is the best alligator bait, he said.
“The more rotten, the better,” Landry said.
Landry was leery of being on television initially. He didn't like the idea of a cameraman tagging along on his alligator hunts.
“I figured it would be nothing but a pain in the butt,” he said.
But the price of alligators was down that year, and the producers agreed to pay his expenses.
“If it wouldn't have been for them, I wouldn't have made any money that year,” Landry said.
The fifth season of “Swamp People”' begins airing in February.
When the show finally ends, Landry says he will stay in the swamp and keep doing what he has done all of his life.
“It will just be a little bit easier (to do) without a camera in my face,” he said.