I am sure that hunting alligators on the Bayou is an especially tricky way to make one’s living. But according to this profile of a lady far tougher than I’ll ever be, the vocation is at least somewhat easier if you have the good fortune to belong to a favored family:
Victoria Bouvier, a 41-year-old mother of two from Mathews, has been alligator hunting for the past 10 years and loves it. Growing up, Bouvier was a tomboy: riding horses, hunting ducks, tinkering with cars — all the things her two brothers did. But she only began hunting alligators when she met her husband, Alexie Serigny, a decade ago.
Serigny was grandfathered into the alligator-hunting business, which means he doesn’t have to participate in the yearly lottery for alligator tags. He inherited about 1,000 acres to hunt in an area protected by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries near Cut Off.
The closed-shop nature of Louisiana’s alligator-hunting system isn’t exactly making folks millionaires, though—the profile states that basic gators go for as little as five dollars per foot on the open market.