** Correction 10/11/19 : An earlier version of this story mistakenly referred to "shotguns" in the piece, which were never used by the hunters. The corrected version refers to "rifles." **
Louisiana alligators were once on the brink of extinction. Today, there are more than ever on the coast. Hunting alligator is a way of life for thousands of Louisianans. But it’s becoming less profitable, as foreign imports flood the market and drive down prices. Fewer hunters are heading out to the swamps each fall.