With the first day of gator season under way, swampers are under attack from some of the biggest and meanest gators in years. When veteran hunter Troy is forced to bring out a young teenager as his deckhand, he quickly realizes that he must calm the boy's nerves in order to fill his tags. A former nuisance hunter must capture a rogue gator that ate his father-in-law's prized hunting dog. When a seasoned hunter's deckhand is sidelined from being gator bit, he is left wondering who will be his replacement for the rest of the season. While another swamper must capture a live loggerhead turtle for a Native American ceremony to bless his upcoming gator season.
With competition on the swamp greater than ever, hunters must venture into uncharted and dangerous areas in order to get a strong start. One hunting team recons in a helicopter on an aerial scout to determine if a remote area of the swamp will be the secret to their success this season. Another hunter ventures out on his own for the first time and finds that being a solo captain is easier said than done. Two hunters go on a road trip and must catch a menacing gator in order to get tags from a local landowner. Meanwhile, a veteran hunter faces the start of the season without his deck hand and must rely on a local swamper to fill in.
With competition out of control, several teams find that thieves have stolen gators off their lines. After finding their lines poached, one team, accidentally, crosses property lines and become poachers themselves. A hunter ventures out on his own and finds that being a solo captain is easier said than done. While another team's luck runs out-forcing them to forfeit a prime hunting spot in order to stay on pace for the season.
Unexpected adversity forces swampers to change their tactics. One hunter must get used to his new quirky deckhand. One team goes on the hunt for a rogue gator that has been attacking livestock. Another hunter must go at it alone without his deckhand and faithful hunting dog.
With the seasonal pressure increasing, emotional and physical injuries put hunters seasons at risk. One hunter is forced to hunt alone after his deckhand falls deathly ill. A hunting team goes after a rogue dog eating gator, while another team must hunt down a vicious cannibal gator.
The younger swampers take things too far in an effort to prove themselves. Tensions between one team leads to a terrible accident. One hunter defies his father's wishes in making a new treble hook that he feels will be the secret to his success. Another hunter sacrifices his day to go after a monster gator in hopes of making his deckhand's last day a memorable one.
Hunters drop everything in order to deal with life threatening gators and unexpected setbacks. One team sacrifices their day to go after a gator that is terrorizing kids at a local camp. One hunter ventures out alone to catch a nuisance gator. A team relies on a secret baiting strategy to salvage their day, while another hunter's season is in jeopardy after he injures his back.
A remote hunting area is explored; a team has a run-in with an angry landowner.
A cursed area is explored; a team's boat engine mysteriously breaks down; and a raccoon invades a hunting camp.
Pressure mounts for one team. As another tries to maintain a eight foot order.
One team tries to break a world record. Whilst another team hunt a cannibal gator.
Swampers are in danger of losing their businesses until family and friends come to their aid. One hunter gets some needed help from their spouse and a friend. A second hunter is reunited with his partner-while another team relies on their airboat to lead them to success deep in the Texas marsh.
Swampers push into the outer limits of their territories to fill tags. One team hangs maggot-ridden bait on his property line to coax neighboring gators to his lines. A second team travels deep into their territory to stop a gator that has been destroying a local fisherman's nets-while another loses half their day fixing their airboat and must race daylight to salvage their day.
With the season winding down, Swampers look to tag out certain properties before it's too late. One team must travel through huge lochs in search of deeper waters. Two brothers go after two monster brother gators, while another team travels deep into the woods on an ATV in search of a record setting gator.
The focus is lost when the teams split up and look for predators.
The teams are faced with hunting in problematic areas, including in an electrical storm. Another team have to search for a gator lost in cattle country.
Deckhands come to the rescue when their captains falter. One hunter is unexpectedly placed in the captain's seat, while another team must make it through the day when their skipper suffers a gruesome injury. Another deckhand insists on changing hunting grounds and leads them to one of their best days of the season.
A hunting team gets support from family when their boys unexpectedly show up to help them tag out. Another hunter gets some help from his son on a hunt deep in the woods on ATV. Time is running out on a third team who is after a state record alligator and a swamper cuts his season short to be by his ailing mother's side.?
Determined to take care of some unfinished business, one team returns to a remote hunting spot in hopes of tagging out and redeeming their disastrous start to their season. A second team goes after an indestructible gator named "Metalhead". And another team must have their best day of the season to tag out.
Some experienced hunters are in a rush to to fill their tags whilst a team attempts to get to a virtually-inaccessible hunting spot.
The show features some of the most dangerous encounters with monsters in the swamp.
Welcome to one of America's last frontiers: the wild swamplands of Southern Louisiana, a place whose history stretches back to the 17th century. It's the start of the most exciting - and dangerous - time of year for the swampers, the month-long alligator season. During this 30 day window, swampers make most of their annual income culling gators. Troy Landry, a Cajun whose family goes back three generations is on a mission to hunt down his own personal "white whale", the notorious Big Head, a monster gator he's been after for years.