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GREAT FALLS – Alligator hunter and American reality TV star Troy Landry of the History Channel’s hit show “Swamp People” will make a guest appearance at a meet and greet at the Great Falls Rescue Squad Rodeo this summer.
A native of Louisiana, Landry grew up in the Atchafalaya Basin region of Pierre Parte.
He is a third-generation member of his family to live in the area and one of a group of local people who hunt American alligators.
In 2010, Landry and some of his co-workers became the subject of a History Channel docu-drama, “Swamp People.”
The series has become immensely popular and as of February, has aired more than 75 episodes across five seasons.
The show follows Landry and his sons, Jacob and Chase, as well as a number of other alligator hunters, during the 30-day hunting season each September.
The alligator hunters must catch and/or kill enough alligators during the month-long hunting season to support their families for the rest of the year, so competition is quite fierce. The multiple groups of hunters use various techniques that have been passed down for generations.
The show regularly sets ratings records for the History Channel and has made stars out of the hunters. Landry’s “Choot ’Em” catch phrase has become popular on various types of “Swamp People” merchandise.
Landry will sign autographs and hold photo opportunities at the rodeo from 1 until 5 p.m. June 21.