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Oct 25, 2010 6:58 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Swamp People's "T-Mike" in Acadiana

Mike Kliebert has been hunting alligators since he was four years old."

Kliebert said he would, "just watch and learn. My front yard is full of gators, my back yard is full of gators, you can't walk out my front door without seeing gators. Dealing with gators gets pretty old, add something to it to-- make it interesting again."

Kliebert has made hunting gators even more interesting by adding a national audience. He's one of ten gator hunters on the History Channel's hit TV show "Swamp People".

Kliebert said hunting gators with television cameras is difficult. He explained, "they like to get in the way a little bit, but it's fun it's something I enjoy."

Kliebert is known as "T-Mike" on the show. He says "Swamp People" has made his life a little different.

"More people talking to me but we get a lot more business at the alligator farm because of the show," he said.

Another difference...this year he's the Grand Marshall and a guest judge at the 5th Annual Atchafalaya Basin Festival.

The festival will be at the Henry Guidry Memorial Park on Saturday November 13. The festival coordinator hopes "T-Mike's" presence will attract more people than in past years.

Festival coordinator, Gary Simon, said "there's a big buzz right now and everyone we tell--all the kids and teenagers want to come in and get autographs."

"T-Mike" said he's most looking forward to eating the food at the festival .

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