Equipped with his trademark overalls and an American flag bandana, Bruce Mitchell is one of the most recognizable faces of Swamp People, a reality television show which follows the lives and activities of gator hunters who hunt American alligators for a living during the 30-day season. Nicknamed “The Alligator Man,” Bruce has been with the series since its first season. More often than not, Bruce takes out dangerous alligators on his own and prefers going solo. Equipped with nothing but a few tools, Bruce is one of the best gator hunters in the business. From sharpshooting a gator from miles away to overpowering one in close combat, Bruce can do it all. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Bruce Mitchell who is a gator hunter and reality television personality.
Bruce Mitchell was born on the 13th of July 1960 in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, United States. The eldest child of the family, Bruce spent much of his early life with his four brothers and sisters. Little is known about Bruce’s parents and his academic career. As a young kid, Bruce loved pranks. He would often target his pranks at his unsuspecting family members. But for all his pranks, Bruce loved his family above everything else and always has a special place for them.
Learning the tricks of the trade:
Bruce’s earliest exposure to gator hunting came when he started to work on Kliebert’s Alligator & Turtle Farm. This was back in 1980 when he was still a greenhorn in the world of gator hunting. The farm belonged to the father of his then-girlfriend, Janet Kliebert. Over the years, Bruce learned all the necessary skills from his father-in-law and started hunting gators in the swamp. When he married Janet, Bruce moved to the farm and continued working under his father-in-law.
In 2010, Bruce was approached by the executive producers of the reality TV series Swamp People. As the History Channel was most viewed in Bruce’s household, Bruce couldn’t turn down the offer. Bruce made his show debut on August 22, 2010, with his signature American bandana and overalls. Since then, Bruce has made numerous appearances in the series. The series follows the Louisiana-based Gator Hunters who make their living on the swamp. Over the years the reality show has introduced some of the deadliest gator hunters such as Troy Landry, Terral Evans, Glenn Guist, Willie Edwards, Daniel Edgar, Ashley Jones, Big Tee, including snake hunter Dusty Crum.
On and off:
On the show, Bruce was seen partnering with Ron Methvin who is an Army Veteran and one of the deadliest snipers around. The pair made quite a team before Ron left the show to pursue a career as a Louisiana Police trooper. Ron graduated from Louisiana State Police Training Academy in Baton Rouge and joined Louisiana State Police Trooper in October 2018.
Over the years Bruce has had his own on-and-off appearances on The Swamp People. He was regularly featured until 2018 when he was seen embarking as a solo hunter since he could not afford to pay his longtime deckhand Ron. After a hiatus from the show, Bruce returned in 2021 and since has been a regular. In addition to Swamp People, Bruce is a part of the spinoff “Swamp People: Serpent Invasion,” where he has made 5 appeareances.
Apart from hunting adventures, he updates fans with his southern lifestyle and cooking videos on social media. Also pouncing the popularity of Swamp People he runs the events, meetups with fans, and boat tours. He also sells different merchandise through websites.
Bruce is not the one to boast about his fortunes. Nevertheless, he seems well off and enjoying his Cajun lifestyle in Louisiana. As of now, he has an estimated net worth of $400,000.
Wife & Kids:
Bruce is happily married to his high-school sweetheart, Janet Kliebert. The pair met way back in the mid-1970s and have been together ever since. It was Janet’s father who taught Bruce the ABCs of gator hunting.
Bruce and Janet work together to run their farm. While Bruce takes care of the muscle work, Janet handles the paperwork. The pair are proud parents of two lovely daughters. Their firstborn Lorraine Michelle was born in 1981, a year after the pair tied the knot. In 1984, the pair gave birth to another daughter, Janice Marie. After the birth of their second daughter, Bruce and Janet decided to open the farm for public tours.
Apart from gator hunting, which he does most of the time, Bruce loves gunsmithing, collecting knives, riding bikes, and spending time with his family. A grandfather now, Bruce loves playing with his grandkids during the offseason.