Mountain Men (TV series)

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This article is about a Reality television series. For the lifestyle, see Mountain man. For the 1980 movie starring Charlton Heston, see The Mountain Men.
Mountain Men
Mountain Men (2012).jpg
Genre Reality
Starring
  • Charlie Tucker
  • Eustace Conway
  • George Michaud
  • Marty Meierotto
  • Rich Lewis
  • Tom Oar
  • Kyle Bell
Narrated by D. B. Sweeney[1]
Theme music composer Nick Nolan[2]
Opening theme "Simple Man"
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 37
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Richardson
  • Marc Pierce
  • Russ McCarroll
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Warm Springs Productions
Broadcast
Original channel History
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run May 31, 2012 (2012-05-31) – present (present)
External links
Website

Mountain Men is an American reality television series on History that premiered on May 31, 2012.[3]

Synopsis[edit]

Eustace Conway resides on a parcel of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina that he calls Turtle Island. There, he hosts people to whom he teaches basic wilderness survival skills. Additionally, he works using ancient techniques to harvest firewood to earn an income. Threatened by a lien against his land, Conway fights to maintain ownership.[4]

Marty Meierotto resides in the small Alaskan town of Two Rivers with his wife Dominique and daughter Noah. Once a month Marty flies his Piper PA-18 Super Cub aircraft to his cabin on the Black River in the Alaska North Slope. While there, he uses a snowmobile to tend to his animal traps that he uses to collect furs.

Tom Oar, a former rodeo cowboy, resides near the Yaak River in northwestern Montana with his wife Nancy and their dog Ellie. Facing a seven-month winter season, the pair work hard, with the help of their neighbors, to prepare.[5]

Rich Lewis, a mountain lion hunter, resides in Montana's Ruby Valley with his wife Diane. He pursues his passion for tracking mountain lions there with the help of a team of hounds.[6]

George Michaud, a fur trapper, camps along the Snake River and Teton Range in Idaho.[7]

Charlie Tucker, a fur trapper, resides in Maine's Great North Woods.[8]

Kyle Bell, a hunter and outfitter by trade, runs his hunts over 45,000 acres of rugged landscape and resides in New Mexico's Cimarron Valley with his ten-year-old son, Ben.[9]

Cast[edit]

  • Eustace Conway[10]
  • Marty Meierotto[10]
  • Tom Oar[10]
  • Rich Lewis[10] (Season 2-present)
  • George Michaud[10] (Season 2-present)
  • Charlie Tucker[10] (Season 2-present)
  • Kyle Bell (Season 3-present)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Winter Is Coming" May 31, 2012 (2012-05-31) 3.90[11]

High in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Eustace Conway has lived in the mountains ever since he moved there more than thirty years earlier. He owns a lumber business selling firewood for income and survives off the resources of the land by hunting, fishing, and raising animals. He also has a small crew of workers helping him on his 1,000-acre property, including Justin McGuire, a tough city boy who doesn't like taking orders; Chloe, a college student who wants to help Eustace take Turtle Island to the next level; and Jessie, who is struggling to adjust to the harsher life of outdoor living.

Tom Oar lives in the Yaak River Valley of northwest Montana with his wife Nancy and their German-shorthaired Pointer Ellie. His nearest neighbor Will is a close friend of Tom's from his days as a bronco rider. With the winters in Montana lasting nearly seven months, Tom and Nancy have to spend the rest of the year preparing for them. With winter only a few days away, Tom and Will go hunting for deer but are unable to get one.

Marty Meierotto lives in the small Alaskan town of Two Rivers with his wife Dominique and young daughter Noah. Every month, he flies his small bush plane to his small, isolated log cabin 200 miles away from home to run his trap line. The furs from the lynxes, wolverines, and martens that Marty receives from his trapping brings in a small income to help his family out through the whole year.
2 2 "Mayhem" June 7, 2012 (2012-06-07) 3.46[12]

In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Eustace is facing several problems of his own. One of his workers, Justin McGuire continues to let him down in several of the tasks that he is given to do. In addition to leaving all of Eustace's chainsaws out in the middle of a rainstorm, he also walks away and quits working while helping Eustace and his other workers repair a leaking roof on one of Eustace's firewood barns. To make matters worse, Eustace receives a letter from the government indicating that after failing to pay his taxes, his land will taken away in a matter of weeks.

In Montana, Tom Oar is struggling to find meat for himself and his wife Nancy after failing to get a deer for his winter meat supply. His quest for getting meat is put on hold when one of his neighbors Tim asks him for help in removing a couple of beavers from his pond, which supplies his family with drinking water. After setting up a couple of beaver traps, Tom is able to catch two beavers out of his neighbor's pond, providing him with several pounds of meat for the winter.

In the Alaskan wilderness, Marty has arrived at his cabin and is preparing himself for his trapping season. After collecting a good supply of drinking water in his cabin to last him through the winter, he heads out to check on his traps, but finds most of them empty. Things go from bad to worse for Marty when his snow machine breaks down as he journeys back to the cabin for the night, forcing him to continue the rest of the journey back on foot.
3 3 "Lost" June 14, 2012 (2012-06-14) 3.51[13]

In Montana, Tom Oar is struggling to provide meat and furs to help him and his wife Nancy through the entire winter. As a reward for helping him remove two beavers from his pond, Tom's neighbor Tim takes him and his dog Ellie out on a duck hunt down the Kootenay River. Tom and Tim are able to shoot two mallard ducks, but the duck that Tom shot will only provide a few pounds of meat for his winter food supply.

In North Carolina, Eustace is struggling to cope with his own problems. In addition to facing a lien on his 1,000-acre property, he continues to clash with one of his workers, Justin McQuire. After entrusting Justin to take the responsibility to sight in his hunting rifles, Eustace heads out on a deer hunt to provide meat for the winter, but his gun misfires when he tries to shoot a large buck. After losing the deer to a pack of coyotes, Eustace soon learns that Justin never did his job correctly. After weeks of clashing with everyone at Turtle Island, Eustace had no choice but to fire his inexperienced worker, forcing an infuriated Justin to leave for good.

In Alaska, Marty's problems with his snow machine grow from bad to worse. After replacing his dead engine with a new one, his steering column snapped while he was checking on the trapline. With more than a day of trapping wasted and another problem with the snow machine to deal with, Marty has no choice but to return to the cabin to repair the broken steering column.
4 4 "Miles From Home" June 21, 2012 (2012-06-21) 3.27[14]

In Alaska, Marty soon learns that his young daughter Noah has a ballet recital in a few days and he decides to head back home to see his daughter's performance. He checks his traps for the last time, but most of his traps were empty and he only catches a skunk and a marten in two of the traps. He also learns that a storm was moving in and leaves in his bush plane in an attempt to beat the storm home. After more than three hours of desperate flying, Marty returns home and is happily reunited with his wife and daughter.

In Montana, Tom Oar continues receiving calls from his daughter Kili urging him and Nancy to retire and live with their family in Florida. Before he can decide on what to do next, Tom receives a letter from his brother Jack in Idaho that urges him to visit him on his ranch for a few days. Accompanied by his friend Will, Tom visits his brother on his horse ranch and helps him drive off a mountain lion that has been threatening Jack's yearling colts. To return the favor, Jack takes his brother and Will out on a hunt using his trained falcon and hunting dog.

In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, Eustace comes down with a cold while repairing one of his livestock barns. While his neighbor and oldest friend Preston Roberts takes care of the daily chores on the farm, Eustace heads out into the woods and makes a special tea using a special plant called yellow root. After drinkining some tea and sweating himself in his makeshift sweat lodge, Eustace makes a swift recovery and helps Preston deliver a load of firewood to help him get some extra cash to pay off the lien on his property.
5 5 "Surviving Winter" June 28, 2012 (2012-06-28) 3.18[15]
6 6 "Show Me the Money" July 5, 2012 (2012-07-05) 3.25[16]
7 7 "The Final Stand" July 12, 2012 (2012-07-12) 4.15[17]
8 8 "This Is the End" July 19, 2012 (2012-07-19) 3.59[18]

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
9 1 "Into the Wild" June 9, 2013 (2013-06-09) 3.02[19]
10 2 "The Night's Watch" June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16) 2.85[20]
11 3 "Winter Strikes" June 23, 2013 (2013-06-23) 3.02[21]
12 4 "Last Chance" June 30, 2013 (2013-06-30) 1.77[22]
13 5 "Three Toes Returns" July 7, 2013 (2013-07-07) 3.33[23]
14 6 "Bloody Sunday" July 14, 2013 (2013-07-14) 3.42[24]
15 7 "No Way Out" July 21, 2013 (2013-07-21) 2.88[25]
16 8 "Disaster Strikes" July 28, 2013 (2013-07-28) 3.74[26]
17 9 "End of the Line" August 4, 2013 (2013-08-04) 2.81[27]
18 10 "Thin Ice" August 11, 2013 (2013-08-11) 3.67[28]
19 11 "Going For Broke" August 18, 2013 (2013-08-18) 3.63[29]
20 12 "Ticking Clock" August 25, 2013 (2013-08-25) 3.40[30]
21 13 "Settling the Score" September 8, 2013 (2013-09-08) 2.71[31]
22 14 "Judgment Day" September 15, 2013 (2013-09-15) 3.04[32]
23 15 "Meltdown" September 22, 2013 (2013-09-22) 3.50[33]
24 16 "Misty Mountain" September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) 3.24[34]

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
25 1 "Winter's Wrath" June 1, 2014 (2014-06-01) Unknown
26 2 "Valley of the Wolves" June 8, 2014 (2014-06-08) Unknown
27 3 "The Revelations" June 15, 2014 (2014-06-15) 2,958,658
28 4 "Where There's Smoke, There's Fire" June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22) Unknown
29 5 "Training Day" June 29, 2014 (2014-06-29) Unknown
30 6 "Rite of Passage" July 6, 2014 (2014-07-06) Unknown
31 7 "Call of the Wild" July 13, 2014 (2014-07-13) Unknown
32 8 "Hell on Ice" July 20, 2014 (2014-07-20) Unknown
33 9 "Death Trap" July 27, 2014 (2014-07-27) Unknown
34 10 "The Deep Freeze" August 3, 2014 (2014-08-03) Unknown
35 11 "Predator" August 10, 2014 (2014-08-10) Unknown
36 12 "Live, Fight, and Die" August 17, 2014 (2014-08-17) Unknown
37 13 "Stranded" August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24) Unknown

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://twitter.com/actordbsweeney/status/210835981451014145
  2. ^ "Readers' Question: Who Plays the Mountain Men Theme Song?". Trapper & Predator Caller. June 25, 2012. 
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  4. ^ Reiher, Andrea (May 31, 2012). "'Mountain Men' premiere: What did you think of the History Channel's new show?". Zap2it. 
  5. ^ History Channel website. "Mountain Men — Episode Guide". Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.history.com/shows/mountain-men/cast
  7. ^ http://www.history.com/shows/mountain-men/cast/george-michaud
  8. ^ http://www.history.com/shows/mountain-men/cast/charlie-tucker
  9. ^ http://www.history.com/shows/mountain-men/cast/kyle-bell
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