It’s a new gator season in Louisiana, and this year the swamp is infested with bigger and meaner gators than ever before. With prices high, competition is out of control. Hunters of all types are taking to the swamp in hopes of cashing in, leading to a showdown for the ages between man and beast.
King of the Swamp Troy Landry is focused on the younger generation of Landrys. He recruits his 15-year-old nephew, Holden, to start the season with him, while Jacob seeks help from fellow swamper Marie LaCoste. Swamp Queen Liz Cavalier has taken on more tags than ever in hopes of increasing her family business. With Kristi now married and pregnant, Liz calls upon her daughter, Jessica, to be her deckhand and help her with the daunting task of filling 425 tags.
Nuisance hunter Terral Evans is back, as well. After years of repopulating gators into the waters of Honey Island, the gator population has grown out of control, and now the residents are under attack. With the help of his partner, Johnny Panks, Terral dedicates his season to ridding the area of its vicious rogue predators and making Honey Island safe again. Meanwhile, RJ and Jay Paul push their limits this season by taking on additional tags in a remote area of the swamp called Bayou Creole. It forces them to go to great lengths to scout the area and fill these tags to make sure their season does not end in a bust. Bruce Mitchell begins his season on his own; his partner Ron is unable to join him for the first part of the hunt, and his dog, Tyler, is forced into retirement after some dangerous close calls last season. To make matters worse, Bruce has lost a majority of his tags this season and will be forced to track additional tags from new landowners in order to make ends meet.
Swamp legends of the north Jeromy and David are back and looking to prove themselves—this time in Southern Louisiana. They head out on a road trip in an attempt to fill more tags than ever across the entire state. Travelling in a vintage RV, the boys from Monroe will venture into unknown territories. Finally, there’s new blood on the swamp with Native American swamper Roger Rivers. He relies on an ancient tribal ceremony to bless his season and place fear in the heart of his enemy in hopes of reaping the awards of giant gators.
HISTORY follows these swampers through a time of year that is crucial to their survival: the 30-day alligator hunting season. At its core, this is a uniquely American story of a proud and skillful people fighting to maintain an ancient way of life in a rapidly modernizing world, despite the many trials and perils that stand in their way.