Swamp People Jeromy Pruitt & David La Dart Interview
My husband and I love to watch Swamp People, it’s one of our favorite shows. My favorite duo on the show are the Swamp Legends themselves, Jeromy Pruitt & David La Dart.
With all of the excitement surrounding the most recent episode, I thought this would be a great time to interview these guys and get to know them a little better. Just like on the show, they had me laughing and I’m excited to share it with you.
Gator season in Louisiana is only 30 days, so what do you guys do for the rest of the year?
Jeromy-I work for my father who owns a HVAC company and have been working for him since I could tote a tool bag and I am also a nuisance gator trapper and I get them out of pools, back yards, ponds, rivers, carports, kitchens ect.
David is a concrete finisher he has his own business with his brothers and nephews working with him and his sons, he has two sons of his own.
When watching other shows I have noticed the alligators don’t always put up a fight quite like the action packed episodes of Swamp People. Do the gators always fight like what we see on the show or are the episodes edited to only include the most action?
They edited it to show the most action, its not as exciting to watch if they don’t fight and we catch a lot that don’t fight that you don’t get to see on tv.
Obviously this is an extremely difficult job, is it more difficult to hunt with a camera crew?
It is a very difficult job and it is extremely difficult with a city slicker from NY or LA in the boat that is terrified of mosquitoes (laughs) and everything else out there but when they get in the boat they think they can run around the boat and not fall out but one of our camera men have fallen out 3 times. To answer the question yes it slows us down a lot!
Jeromy, you have been hunting gators since you were a kid you must have had some close calls throughout the years. Tell me about the scariest experience you have had so far.
In 2008 i was on a nuisance call and David wasn’t with me. It was during one of the hurricanes and the gator was in the middle of the road and i jumped on his back with out making him spin and get tired first. Then someone in the crowd of about 50 people watching said hey you’re that gator dude that I seen on the news before, so i started jaw popping the gator and putting his heard under my chin and doing no handers. He had enough of it and started rolling between my legs and I couldn’t hold him. I rolled off the the side and fell on my back and he was coming for me by the time i realized it he had my leg at the knee and was dragging me and shaking me like a pit bull.
I was screaming and no one would help, the cops that were on the scene ran and got in there cars. So I started punching him like I was Mike Tyson. He let go of my leg and grabbed my hand and i grabbed my pistol that was on my side and shot him. I jumped in my truck and I was about to pass out because I was loosing so much blood! I got to the hospital and I busted up through the E.R, and went and got in a bed and started hollering for a doctor.
I didn’t even give them my insurance card. They came in after about 30 min of me hollering and sowed me up and 2 months later i had to have surgery.
David, even though Jeromy is a grown man and can take care of himself, do you feel responsible for his safety when you find yourselves in dangerous situations?
Yes i do feel responsible for him, the only time he got bit is when I wasn’t with him. I don’t recommend alligator hunting to anyone. I don’t even take my other two sons gator hunting and won’t let them until they get to be adults. It is a dangerous job.
It seems you two travel more than the other hunters, how do you get access to all of the different places you hunt? Considering cost of travel, does it pay off to travel so much?
We travel so much because in the north its hard to get alot of tags. We don’t have the amount of private owned water that they have in the South. We are a higher elevation so we don’t have the large hundreds of thousands of acres of swamp that they have in the South. So we have to go to where we can to hunt. Does it pay off? It does only if we catch a 9ft and bigger average. If we catch a lot of small ones then it is a bust.
One of my favorite things to see on Swamp People is the relationship between the two of you, the fights are funny because it is obvious there is a lot of love but tensions seem to run high when the pressure is on. Do you two fight like this outside of gator season?
Jeromy- Yes the tension is high with us, we fight and argue all the time. He thinks his way is always better than mine and it aint. Yes we wrestle a lot but in the end we might be mad at each other but we always hug and tell each other we love one another.
It does get pretty wild off the camera. I can remember as a kid David and I would watch wrestling then we would wrestle for real in the living room floor and he would rub my face in the carpet and his daughter/my sister would get in the middle of us and try to break us up because she didn’t want anyone hurting her bubba (jeromy) and we would quit and give each other a hug and say until next time.
David- Yes Jeromy always tries to take me. He thinks he is big enough to woop my butt, but he aint (laughs). One of these days he might grow up and be able to kick my butt !(laughs) We have a love hate relationship one day I love him then the next day he can make me so mad but in the end we love each other and that is what matters.
It was pretty painful to watch the bounty winner, Troy Landry receive his prize knowing you two were in possession of the biggest gator. How hard was it to accept the fact that you caught the biggest gator but didn’t make it back in time?
Were you more upset about losing the money or the bragging rights of being “The Bounty Winner” ?
Jeromy- I really wanted the money because i needed it but it wasn’t in the Lords will for us to win so we gonna keep on going on. About the bragging rights i don’t really like to brag because when u start bragging you can get shut up real quick so we let our big gator catches do our bragging, not our mouths.
David- I need the money too, just like everyone else but it wasn’t meant to be, maybe next year.
When everyone gathered to hear the winner of the bounty it seemed like old friends getting together, are you close with the other hunters on Swamp People or does everyone see each other as competition?
Yeah we don’t really have close relationships with the other swampers but we all get along and they have all been super nice to us and never said a harsh word. They are all great hard working folks. We enjoy being around them.
What can we expect to see from you two in the future? A spin off, maybe titled Swamp Legends? I sure hope so!
Jeromy- I have been trying to get my own show since 2008 and I am still trying. We have lots of fans that would like for us to get our own show but the only way to speed the process up is for the fans to comment on twitter and facebook saying that they would like for us to have our own show. I would love for a camera crew to just keep their mouth shut and follow David and I around the country and just let us be ourselves, that would be so funny.
David- Yeah we want our own show and have been talking to producers about it but its up to the fans. So fans chime in anytime and let the network know.
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