Meet the Mountain Men; they live their lives off the grid and off the land. Hunting and trapping is the only way the Mountain Men can provide for their families and survive the freezing winters from Appalachia to the Rocky Mountains.
Using ancient skills perfected over hundreds of years Mountain Men make use of anything and everything nature provides. We meet a variety of men who have chosen a more ‘truthful’ way of life, come this way to the meet the Mountain Men.
Charlie Tucker has worked as a logger in the forests of northern Maine for 25 years. His life will soon shift dramatically, however, as he turns a hobby into a lifestyle and moves into a self-constructed cabin in the woods year-round.
Charlie has been a trapper for years and has long believed that humans were intended to live a more primitive existence. He is fully prepared for the task of supporting himself, but there are dangers waiting for him in the woods that he never could have expected.
Charlie can no longer depend on a steady paycheck or a quick drive to the hospital, and the only meat he eats will be meat he has caught. If his first trapping season yields meager results, his “big experiment” in self-reliance may be short-lived.
Eustace says that, when he was 16, spirits told him to live off the land during a Native American ceremony. So he and a few friends bought a 1,000-acre piece of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains called Turtle Creek Preserve, of which he owns 500 acres.
Interns come to Eustace to learn the old ways of living with nature in a self-sustaining society. They include Justin, a tough city boy who can be hard to handle and doesn’t like taking orders; Chloe, a college student who hopes to someday help Eustace take Turtle Island Preserve to the next level; and Jessie, who is willing to work hard but struggles to adjust to the harsher side of outdoor living.
A mountain man to his very bones, Idahoan trapper George Michaud camps along the Snake River and in the majestic Tetons. He uses a traditional tepee of his own construction and design.
He has been devoted to the outdoors and to the Native American way of life since he was a boy, using centuries-old trapping and hunting techniques. George even discovered a method of trapping small game, known as the “promontory peg,” that was thought to have been lost to time. He will now begin another season of trapping in the Tetons, depending only on his wits and a team of skilled hunting dogs.
George is used to the dangers of a life in the wild, such as predators, illness and rough and unpredictable weather, but that doesn’t mean nature can’t still find a way to humble him.
Now a hunter and an outfitter by trade, Kyle Bell spent his youth on the rodeo circuit, wrangling bulls and buckin’ broncos, but it was the wild that had always called to him.
Running his hunts over 45,000 acres of rugged land in New Mexico’s Cimarron Valley, a land where the winters are notoriously vicious and unrelenting, pelting the mesas and canyons with 44 inches of annual snowfall.
It’s in these mountains that Kyle will work alongside his ten-year-old son, Ben, to survive some of the most brutal winters they’ve ever seen as Ben learns everything he must know to continue the mountain man tradition.
Marty was 8 when his dad took him fur trapping for the first time. From that moment, he knew he’d be trapping for the rest of his life.
At 25, with 10 bucks in his pocket, he set out for Alaska, where he’s now known as one of the top trappers in the territory. Marty lives in a cabin 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle with his wife Dominique and their daughter Noah. Working the trap line means leaving his family for weeks at a time to live in his primitive one-room log cabin 200 miles from civilsation.
In bone-chilling isolation just a stone’s throw from the Yukon Territories, he relies on his wits to survive nature’s deadliest obstacles. It’s heart-breaking to be away from his family, but Marty’s inner spirit is calling him to the wild and he has to listen.
A native of Idaho, Rich Lewis now lives with his wife, Diane, in the isolated Ruby Valley in southwest Montana.
Rich pursues his passion for tracking mountain lions there with the help of a team of hounds. It’s dangerous work; mountain lions have been known to attack and kill humans, and one has already killed Roxie, one of Rich’s prize hounds. It’s the only job Rich would ever want to have, though. His commitment to treeing and tracking lions takes a backseat only to the most pressing matters, such as hunting elk for the dinner table or preparing for the brutal Montana winters.
Rich’s larger-than-life personality hearkens back to the historic mountain men in whose footsteps he walks.
Tom was a bronco rider on the rodeo circuit for 28 years. When the work started to take a toll on his body, the long-time trapper taught himself tanning to support himself and the love of his life, Nancy.
They’ve been a team for more than 40 years. Nancy worries about Tom working the trap lines every day; wolves are becoming a big problem, and he’s not a young man anymore. She’s concerned that if his health or hers should fail, they’ll be forced to give up the life they love and move to Florida with his kids. Their neighbour Will is a close friend of Tom’s from their rodeo days. He looks up to Tom, who taught him how to live the mountain man life. Now that Tom and Nancy are getting older, he helps them out from time to time.
Morgan's land fails to provide, leaving him locked in a life or death battle with hunger; Tom's bad luck streak continues into a new season; Rich takes a bruising fall.
Rich deals with the aftermath of his accident; Morgan's search for food intensifies; and Eustace gets a golden opportunity, but it may be more trouble than it's worth.
Morgan makes an unexpected discovery that could finally put food on his table; Tom puts in the work but gets no payoff; and Marty chases the winter into the Revelations.
Tom calls in reinforcements to bail him out; Morgan fights for survival in the deep freeze and a father gambles everything for his family's future.
Tom and Nancy divide and conquer to get ahead; Eustace makes a breakthrough with his lumber business, while Morgan's luck finally turns around.
A hard truth forces Tom to do the unthinkable; Morgan goes on a do or die hunt in the high peaks; Marty discovers competition on the line.
A jackpot slips from Tom's grasp; Morgan's last ditch effort to find food takes him into the treacherous peaks; and Marty is driven off his line.
Rich hunts a known dog-killer on unfamiliar ground; Morgan goes to great heights to protect his food supply; Tom harnesses the power of a bird of prey.
After surviving last year's record breaking cold, the Mountain Men return more prepared than ever to do battle against Mother Nature, but unpredictable extremes in an ever-changing world force them to find new ways to adapt or die.
Tom defends his home against a bear threat while Morgan makes a deadly miscalculation on thin ice.
Morgan gets caught in the grips of an ice desert with no shelter in sight and Marty's return to Alaska's Revelation Mountains takes an unexpected turn.
Winter's uneven arrival causes mayhem in the mountains, putting Rich on the front lines of a new war against predators and pushing Tom to the brink.
Morgan climbs into the treacherous Alaska Range; Rich goes to war with the wolves.
Morgan walks into a death trap in the Alaska Range when a whiteout strikes in an avalanche zone.
Marty discovers an unexpected advantage and Rich mounts a search for a lost friend.
Morgan stakes out his next meal to fight off starvation; Marty discovers an unexpected jackpot.
Tom's run of bad luck intensifies, but he refuses to give up; Morgan closes in on his goal and Marty prepares for his family's arrival on the line.
Morgan's survival hangs on a critical airdrop; gale-force winds threaten to destroy Marty's cabin; Tom finally gets a breakthrough that could end his losing streak.
In Alaska, Marty Meierotto completes his cabin build just in time for his family to touch down in the Revelation Mountains. While in Montana, Rich Lewis has a real-life cliffhanger as his dogs go one step too far in the pursuit of a bobcat and Tom Oar's skills are put to the test on a risky commission. In North Carolina, Eustace Conway pushes for the finish line, but a mistake brings his lumber operation to a screeching halt.
A breakdown leaves Marty stranded after dark; Eustace must improvise when he comes up shorthanded.
An early melt brings Marty's record run to a screeching halt; Tom gets an unexpected boost and Eustace rushes to finish his logging job before spring.
Marty makes a gamble that changes everything; a storm batters Eustace and Preston during their final push.
A predator returns just when Tom can least afford it. Marty runs out of daylight, and Rich battles back the wolves.
This season opens as a polar vortex sweeps across the nation and plunges America into a brutal early winter. Tom Oar is behind on his winter preparations because he's spending time with family in Florida and facing a possibly life-changing decision. Will he sacrifice leaving the mountain man lifestyle behind to live closer to his family? In the Ruby Valley, a bloody encounter with a mountain lion leaves Rich Lewis's lead hunting dog Brandy in a life or death situation, and could end her career forever. Marty Meierotto takes advantage of a break in the harsh weather to embark on his annual trip to the Great Alaskan Range, but this year instead of leaving his wife, Dominique and their daughter Noah behind he's taking them with him. And in New Mexico's rugged and relentless High Desert, we meet Kyle Bell who is teaching his son the dying ways of the mountain man lifestyle. Kyle and his son Ben scramble to save a herd of bison from a fast approaching winter storm.
As winter tightens its grip on the nation, the mountain men fight the elements to stay alive. In New Mexico's Cimarron Valley, Kyle Bell and his son Ben scramble to save a herd of bison from a fast approaching winter storm. In North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, Eustace Conway and his friend Preston brave the wettest winter in decades to stop a dangerous landslide from washing out a rural road. In Montana, Tom Oar prepares himself for the fight of a lifetime after a run in with a pack of wolves while Rich Lewis braves a blizzard to put meat on his table for the winter. And deep in Alaska's wilderness Marty Meierotto and his family settle into their new remote surroundings.
As the worst winter in decades rages across the nation, the Mountain Men must fight to stay on top of the food chain. In the Yaak Valley, the growing wolf population comes knocking on Tom Oar's door, and quickly turns into a blood feud. In Alaska, Marty Meierotto's traps are coming up empty, causing him and his family to regroup and figure out how they're going to survive the season. In the Ruby Valley of southwest Montana, Rich Lewis bags enough meat to survive the winter, but his battle has only begun as hungry predators catch the scent. In North Carolina, Eustace Conway struggles to bring a 100-year-old sawmill back to life to keep his property in the black. And in New Mexico's Cimarron Valley, Kyle Bell puts his 10-year-old son's mountain man skills to the test on his first hunting trip.
Marty makes a new start in some of Alaska's most unforgiving terrain, but his first solo flight into the Revelation Mountains becomes a dangerous ordeal. In the Cimarron Valley of New Mexico, Kyle Bell helps his son Ben break his first colt, but day one goes terribly wrong. Eustace Conway and his friend Preston set out to build an enormous lumber shed to shelter his newly milled wood from North Carolina's torrential rains, but it quickly proves to be a risky undertaking. And in the Yaak, Tom attempts to preserve a bison hide that can earn him big bucks if his gamble pays off.
An overflowing river of ice threatens to trap Marty Meierotto with no way out of Alaska's Revelation Mountains. In Montana, Tom Oar's experiment on a lucrative bison hide goes up in flames. And in North Carolina, Eustace Conway puts his ingenuity to the test to build a wood-burning truck from scratch.
Rich runs his hunting dogs through a gauntlet of tests to determine which will become the new leader of the pack. Marty sets out on foot to cut a new trap line and salvage his season. While Tom goes back to his roots to bow hunt a buck with hand-crafted arrows.
In Montana, Rich Lewis must defend his home from a mountain lion that has invaded his turf. In New Mexico, after a failed first attempt, Kyle Bell's son Ben steps up again to break a wild young colt. In the Revelation Mountains, a voracious wolverine threatens to derail Marty Meierotto's season for good, and in North Carolina, Eustace Conway puts his wood burning truck to the ultimate test.
Marty fights back against a wolverine but it takes him on a treacherous journey; Charlie takes a big risk in uncharted wilderness and Tom claims his place on the food chain.
When winter unleashes its full fury Kyle and Ben get caught in its crosshairs. In Alaska, Marty's gamble on new country pays off. The polar assault brings Eustace's progress in North Carolina to a standstill. And far north in Maine, Charlie breaks the ice to finally cash in on some fur.
In the Revelation Mountains of Alaska, Marty is forced to make a dangerous river crossing to return to base camp. In Maine, Charlie battles a coyote to protect his new trapping ground. Tom hunts down a nuisance animal in Montana's Yaak Valley and Eustace races against a storm in North Carolina to bring his horses to shelter.
In the Revelation Mountains of Alaska, Marty Meierotto faces off with a vicious wolverine that has become his nemesis. In Montana, Rich Lewis protects a family with a young child from a hungry predator at the door, while Tom Oar battles the bitter cold to build a primitive teepee. And in Maine, one wrong step has Charlie Tucker fighting for his life.
As the bitter cold pushes predators to the edge, Tom is caught in a close range battle while Rich goes head to head with a pack of wolves.
A visit from Tom's son Chad goes terribly wrong and Marty's flight back from the Revelation Mountains is delayed.
Marty is stranded in the Revelation Mountains with one last chance to get home, while Kyle and Ben launch a nighttime stakeout to stop a predator.
Tom battles a dangerous ice jam. Marty launches a last ditch escape from the Revelations, and a deadly predator returns to the Ruby Valley.
In the Yaak Valley of northwest Montana, the worst fire season in living memory threatens the home of Tom Oar. In Alaska, Marty Meierotto flies into the heart of a vicious storm on his annual journey to his remote winter trapline. Turtle Island, Eustace Conway's refuge in the Blue Ridge Mountains, comes under threat from developers. And a new mountain man, lion hunter Rich Lewis, leads his dog team through Montana's Ruby Valley in pursuit of a deadly puma.
Marty Meierotto arrives at his Alaska trapline, but the unseasonably warm weather is impeding his plans. In North Carolina, Eustace Conway discovers two headless chickens in his henhouse, and begins a hunt for the predator responsible. In northwest Montana, Tom Oar discovers a grizzly bear has been prowling his property, while in the southern corner of the state, Rich Lewis frantically searches for his missing hound, Turbo.
Desperate for food after a grizzly bear ravaged his garden, Tom Oar embarks on a last-ditch deer hunt. Marty Meierotto begins to establish his winter trapline, breaking fresh trail in the uncharted wild. In the Ruby Valley of Montana, Rich Lewis pursues a marauding wolf pack that has slaughtered a neighbor's cattle. And in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Eustace Conway must deal with Scout, a careless intern with "a dose of city boy in him."
On their last runs in Peru, all three trucking teams are charged with delivering loads to a large, local festival, high into the Andes. Lisa and G.W. haul a load of bulls, some of which have G.W. running and diving out the bulls horns' reach. Veteran Hugh Rowland hauls a truck full of fireworks and firework towers, forcing his truck through fire and flames in the process. Tim and Tino also haul bulls, and Tim tests his speed in the ring against the dangerous animals.
Rich and his hounds track Rich's nemesis, the killer mountain lion Three-Toes, across the length of Montana's Ruby Valley. In Alaska, a young prot g brings Marty the new snowmobile engine he's been waiting for. Eustace races the winter frost to seed his field in North Carolina and in Northwest Montana, Tom receives a commission from a neighbor to build a primitive bow, with a deadline that puts his endurance to the test.
Logger turned Mountain Man, Charlie Tucker's luck takes a turn for the worse in the sub-zero North Maine Woods as a rookie mistake nearly costs him everything. In Alaska, Marty and Andy split up to cover more ground with the plan to rendezvous at dusk. But as night falls, Marty is missing in action. In North Carolina, Eustace puts his life on the line to help a neighbor in need, and in Montana's Ruby Valley, Rich Lewis sets off after a bobcat which has been eating his livestock, and the cat draws first blood, injuring two of his dogs before Rich vows revenge.
Marty rushes to make the most of an extra pair of hands. Tom's grandson comes for a visit but soon learns that there's no such thing as vacation in the Yaak. Charlie heads out on a hunt for shed moose antlers. And in Montana's Ruby Valley, Rich Lewis' dogs are hot on the scent of a mountain lion when their hunt takes a dangerous turn.
Rich's cougar hunt takes a dark turn in Montana. Marty competes with a wolf pack for food. Tom and Will race an oncoming storm that puts them in jeopardy. And in Maine, Charlie suspects sabotage.
Charlie spends the night injured and alone in Maine. In Montana Tom investigates signs of a predator lurking too close to home. Eustace rushes to raise money to make his loan payment. And in Idaho, new mountain man George Michaud tries to make a living running his dog sled through the peaks of the mighty Tetons.
Tom struggles to keep a deadly wolf pack off his land despite an injury. Rich tracks a large buck over tough terrain on his mid-winter hunting trip. Eustace makes some much-needed repairs and George is forced to make his way across the Tetons on foot across before bad weather hits.
In Alaska, Marty tries to capitalize on his recent string of good luck by building a second cabin at the far end of his trap line. Andy flies in to help but with temperatures dropping below zero, the backbreaking labor takes a toll. Tom is still recovering from a knee injury, but he needs a beaver tail to finish his latest commission. Tim and Nancy volunteer to head to the river and check Tom's traps for him, but it proves to be more challenging than they expected.
In the Ruby Valley... with his prized stud horse, Rusty, threatening to escape and join a wild herd, Rich works on fixing up his corral along with his friend, Brad. But things quickly start going south. In Idaho, George Michaud has a run in with a thieving predator and in North Carolina, Eustace, Preston and Scout continue to work on the damaged tool shed roof, giving Eustace a chance to test Scout's evolving skills.
Tom heads down to Idaho to help his brother break a pair of wild colts. Charlie Tucker returns to action after his shoulder injury, and puts his recovery at risk on Maine's frozen Rowe Lake. Rich sets off on a cougar hunt but ends up having an unexpected run-in with a bear instead, and George continues his frustrating search for food by the Snake River.
In the Yaak Valley, Tom Oar teams up with his brother Jack to help return Jack's prized hunting falcon back to the wild. In southern Montana, Rich Lewis and his wife Diane need to move their cattle herd, but will the predators get to them first? Marty starts wrapping up a successful season, but the elements won't let him leave Alaska without a fight. Eustace and Preston realize they have to contend with coyotes who are putting their wild game at risk. And in Maine, rookie Charlie Tucker struggles to re-start his season after an injury left him with one working arm.
In Alaska, after spending the night under the stars in subzero conditions Marty struggles to get his snow machine out of a stubborn overflow. In the Ruby Valley, Rich takes his oldest dog, Brandy and youngest dog, Hatchet, out on a special training mission. Eustace and Preston set off on a crucial deer hunt, but are interrupted by loud intruders. In the Yaak Valley, Tom is called by his friend, Tim to help with a beaver problem and takes the opportunity to teach an important lesson; and in Maine, Charlie and Jim head to the frozen river to carve out 100 pound ice chunks for Charlie's root cellar.
The end of Montana’s long winter is finally in sight. Tom and Nancy Oar are scrambling to get through the last of their winter works when a surprise call comes in from their family that will force them to make a difficult decision. In the Ruby Valley, Rich passes on some of his lion hunting knowledge to a greenhorn. Eustace takes an opportunity to pay down his loan by building a primitive canoe, but the work is well outside his comfort zone. Charlie continues to struggle with his injury, while racing the change in seasons to secure some final furs, and after a highly successful season, Marty bear proofs his cabin and prepares to head home to Two Rivers.
Winter has finally come to a close, spelling big changes for Tom, who bids farewell to an old friend and packs his bags for Florida. In the Ruby Valley, Rich grooms his youngest hound to take over the pack, but an influx of cougars finds the pup in over his head. In North Carolina, Eustace takes a dangerous trip down a rapid river to deliver the canoe he built to pay off his loan. In Maine, Charlie takes his furs to market and hopes to break even on his rookie season, while in Alaska, Marty enjoys a reunion with his family, then makes big plans for the future.
The Mountains of North America haunt the imagination, masking a danger few are willing to confront. Despite the challenges, some choose to live this way, the last of their kind.
Tom Oar tries to save a friend's water supply and hunt his winter's meat surrounded by grizzlies. Eustace Conway deals with the threat of someone trying to take his land. Marty Meierotto combats life or death situations due to breakdowns.
Eustace's fight with Justin reaches a boiling point while Tom loses his way high in the Rockies and Marty fights the elements as he tries to get home.
In the Yaak of Montana, Tom Oar is faced to make a decision with a decision that will determine the rest of his life. While being alone for months in Alaska, Marty Meierotto will battle the weather in order to make it home for his family.
And in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Eustace Conway despite being ill continues to do what it takes to protect Turtle Island.
Tom Oar must put his work on hold while he tries to find winter meat and protect himself from looming predators.
Eustace Conway brings in a former Turtle Island worker to pick up the slack and protect Turtle Island's most valuable resource. And Marty Meierotto battles time and Mother Nature as he races to make his fur deadline.
Tom Oar is forced to take matters into his own hands and push dangerous wolves away from his property.
In North Carolina, the water runs out for Eustace, shutting down Turtle Island. And in Alaska, a simple mistake could cost Marty everything.
High in the Appalachians, Eustace Conway is forced to track down a poacher that has trespassed upon his land.
In Alaska, Marty Meierotto is on the hunt to provide for his family when unwanted grizzlies make themselves known. And in the Yaak Valley of Montana, Tom and friend Tim hunt antlers deep into the forest. But when things get dangerously quiet, they soon realize they are not alone.
In North Carolina, Eustace Conway s land is in jeopardy, so he saddles up and rides into town to make his final stand.
In Alaska, Marty battles weather and wind as he attempts to feed his family and make it back home alive. And finally, Tom Oar's under the gun to finish his goods when an unwelcome bear threatens his family.