Source: Beauregard Daily News
DeRidder, La. — Surrounded by family and friends at Hebert’s Steak House in Kaplan, the Gator Queen Liz Cavalier (Choate) and her new gator hunting partner the Gator Wrangler Kristi Broussard, settled in Thursday evening to watch the premiere episode of the History Channel’s Swamp People.
This year, the Gator Queen will not be hunting with Troy Landry, as Clint has come back to help him, as did his sons Jacob and Chase.
Instead Liz will have a female partner who has dubbed herself the Gator Wrangler, given her love of and involvement in horses and livestock in the “down time”.
The restaurant set aside a large room for the premiere viewing of the 2012 season o Swamp People, and the room was jam packed, mostly with friends and family, sprinkled with a few fans who made their way into the room as well.
Every time the show’s narrator would say, “meanwhile, back in Pecan Island”, the place would erupt with cheering for the two “gator gals”.
Their escapades as a first-time team were a little amusing at times because the gators the girls were conquering were of massive size, some of which took the expertise and power of the Gator Queen and the go-get-em attitude of the Gator Wrangler.
Laughter erupted a time or two as the conquerers did a little slipping and sliding in the boat, but they always got their gator, one way or another.
The Gator Queen Liz said Kristi Broussard, a.k.a. the Gator Wrangler, grew up with her husband Justin Choate and has been a friend of the family for years.
Broussard said she grew up about the same way Liz did, hunting, fishing, etc. with her dad, with the addition of horses and cattle to the mix.
She said she had never hunted gators for a living, but had hunted a few in her life. “I had no idea it was so intense and detailed,” she said. “I learned a lot out there this season.”
Liz said this season season was better than last year because she was in her own boat and didn’t have to follow anybody’s ways.
“I was able to show what I can do,” she said. “And Kristi just jumped right in there and helped. That’s what I liked about her. She wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.”
When asked what she would say to those who will be watching the new season of Swamp People, Liz said, “We are considered women in a man’s world, and I do not believe that at all, because women can do ‘almost’….’almost’…anything a man can do. I learned that from my father.”
For a couple of years before she made her first appearance on the show, Liz hunted gators by herself and tagged out every year.
“My father and I hunted together for years and years, and my husband and I hunt together now,” Liz said. “We have tags we fill before I start filming the show.”
In between gator seasons, Liz and her husband Justin shrimp and crab and hunt, etc., “anything to stay on the swamp.”
Kristi, in the in-between times, raises cattle and horses and works at a quarter horse breeding farm.
Both ladies said they had a “blast” while filming this season of the Swamp People, an on the first episode, they bagged quite a few monsters, but would not reveal whether or not there was a “bigger catch” coming up.
“Stay tuned,” they said. “It’s going to be a fun season!”