Source: Livingston Parish News
Blake McDonald and Austyn Yoches who are from Livingston Parish are the newest alligator hunters to join the cast of Swamp People, and they represent yet another way 21st century Louisianans have figured out how to get back to their bayou roots.
A “Debut Party” will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9. The new season premieres at 9 p.m. The young men invite everyone to come out to Big Mike’s Sports Bar and Grill in Denham Springs.
McDonald and Yoches currently reside on their houseboat In Bayou Pigeon fulltime. They truly make a living off the swamp. They hunt every season and sell the animals to make money from froging, craw fishing, Alligator hunting and raccoon hunting just to name a few. Their grandfather started this with them when they were little bitty boys. He would take them to the swamp, put them on his shoulders and take them coon hunting. Then he taught them to be commercial fisherman from the swamp.
Instead of putting their boat on a trailer hitched to a pickup that tows it back to a comfortable house built on solid ground, McDonald and Yoches roll right out of bed and into their swampy workplace. These cousins live on a houseboat in the middle of the swamp . . . off the grid. They don’t just work in the swamp, they live there., The young men don’t have another job. If they want to eat, they have to hunt.
This year they are making a move, though. Rather than just filling a few tags and finding other ways to make ends meet, these cousins are going to do their best to hunt alligators full time. They have an opportunity to get more tags than they’ve ever had before, but they’re going to have to prove that they can handle them or the owner of the land where they want to hunt will find someone else to fill his tags