Posted: Apr 13, 2011 6:34 PM by Melissa Hawkes
Updated: Apr 13, 2011 6:36 PM
The first female gator hunter is showing the all male cast of the History Channel's hit show 'Swamp People' that gator hunting isn't just for men. The 'Gator Queen' says she can catch gators just has good as any of her cast mates.
Liz Chaote's love for gators sparked at a young age. She grew up hunting gators with her father in marshlands south of Houma.
"Eight or nine years old. He would never let me put my hands out there though. He was scared, but I'd try," Choates said.
Her dad was her letting run lines and pull the reptiles into the boat by the time she was 12. She said there's never a dull moment.
"You put those alligator lines and you are waiting for that big one to come up," she explained. "Boy when you know you got that big one on that line--it's exciting."
She's sharing her passion with a national audience by joining the cast of 'Swamp People'.
Choates is the first female cast member, which earns her the title of 'Gator Queen' .
She said, "I can hold my own with catching big gators. I can catch all the gators I need."
Choates hopes to keep the family tradition of gator hunting alive by teaching her 17 year old daughter and two step-sons.
"She's been out there in the marsh with me since she was a baby," she said. "I was feeding her bottles and she was in the marsh, but she loved it, just as much as I do."
New episodes air at eight on Thursday nights on the History channel. She will be making her 'Swamp People' debut on next week's episode.