Alligator season in Louisiana is underway, and a reality tv show could be attracting more clients for area hunting guides.
Dan Davis in Houma says he’s seeing a 30%-40% increase in business this year. He thinks the History Chanel’s program Swamp People is responsible for the boost.
Other guides tell WGNO News that the show’s upside also comes with a drawback. They say that all hides that are harvested must be inspected by state agents and registered with tags. Before the show’s popularity, clients were happy to bring home a head and/or feet from a gator they snagged, which does not require any state inspection. But more recently, clients want the entire animal which could lead to the search for a state agent to sign-off on the transaction.