Mountain Men: Did History Channel cameraman steal Marty's gun?

A blatant production error in this week's episode of the History Channel's Mountain Men demonstrates why "reality television" is still "television," after all.

Benjamin Franklin said, in a 1789 letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, "'In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes;" seems that this is true even for a mountain man.

One thing—maybe the only thing—that makes it truly impossible for one to live completely “off the grid” is the fact that, even when we “own” our property, the government continues to get its piece, year after year, via property taxes. If we don’t pay those taxes, the government will eventually step in and take that property we “own.” Thus, even mountain men who live off the land have to come up with some way to bring in at least enough cash to pay those annual property taxes.

Eustace Conway went down to his mailbox on the latest episode of the History Channel’s Mountain Men to find a letter threatening to take his property if he doesn’t pay his taxes.

“What pisses me off,” Eustace says, “is crazy people focusing on foolish things like taking my land away that have no idea that the land is the most important, sacred thing in my life, period. The people that are suing me, I never even met the people, and yet they’re taking my land away? B*******.” But, Eustace isn’t taking the lien against his property passively. “What this land means to me is life. It’s about existence. This is home. I’m ready to die to take care of this mountain.”

Trapper Marty Meierotto is trapping his way through the episode, although he comes up empty-handed on the trip. If the careful viewer was paying attention, he saw a production error in the footage, as well. As Marty checked the first trap, he saw that it was empty. Clearly, he has a gun strapped to his back. As he rides up to his next trap—which, according to the voice-over, took him five minutes to reach after leaving the first trap—he notes that he sees wolf tracks around the empty trap. But, now, the gun is gone. “Marty’s been surrounded by a pack of wolves while crossing a frozen lake before,” the voice-over says. “He had to fire a shot with his rifle just to escape. This time, he’s unarmed.”

Well, if the wolves come along, maybe the cameraman will give him his gun back.

This is why “reality television” is, in fact, often more “television” than “reality.”

Will Eustace be able to cut enough firewood to sell for tax money? And, will Marty be consumed by a pack of wolves while he walks through the woods (his snowmobile broke down, as well, during the “he’s unarmed” scene), or will the cameraman have mercy and let him have his gun back to keep the pack away (and perhaps give him a ride on his own snowmobile so that he doesn’t have to walk 10 miles in the dark)?

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Will Eustace keep his land in Season Two?

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Watching the episode where Marty made a trip via snowmobile pulling a sled to get two 5 gallons buckets of river water a mile away, the obvious question arose "why not melt snow?" It's Alaska in winter, there's two feet of snow on the ground, and in the below zero weather, he's got a constant fire going in his woodstove. Surely, this trip for water was just for the show.

Submitted by Frank Goodson (not verified) on
Ok, it's obvious that anonymous person has no clue as to how much snow Marty would have to melt to equal 10 gal of water not to mention the time it will take. anonymous person has not considered the fact that snow in temps well below zero has very low moisture content. So anonymous person, maybe your snow melting may be better suited for when you just want a little cup of latte.

Submitted by MsDachshund (not verified) on
Ok, I thought the same thing as anonymous person said. I didn't realize that about melting snow. Thanks for the info Frank.

Submitted by Anonymous2 (not verified) on
Snow is 10:1 usually, it's how we collect water on the line in Canada, perhaps american snow is different?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Why is Eustace not paying his taxes, It's not like he is not making any money. Look up Turtle Island Preserve and see all the camps he has and what he charges. $95 for a spoon carving class. The show makes it seem like he has no income except for cutting down trees and selling it for firewood.

Submitted by sue (not verified) on
History portrayed Eustace as making his own roof shingles and using a hammer and nails to put them on. There was a young man in the scene that was shown carrying a white box of Collated air gun roofing nails. My husband is a builder and is able to spot that brand and box a mile away. He now thinks the show is full of it and does not accurately portray these men. He no longer wants to watch the show. Why would the producer allow this scene in the episode? Then again, I bet a tv producer proboly doesn't know what a coil pack of air gun nails look like. In the same episode, Marty was portrayed as having no gun and having to walk 10 miles back to his cabin, when we all know that a camera man is there and he had a gun at the first trap. Crappy producing!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I live and work on the preserve with Eustace. We did 95% of that roof with a nail gun. The show is chock full of absolute horse puckey! They used several months of footage to completely fabricate the gun misfiring story, among lots of other lies. The show is such a sham, and frankly... makes all three mountain men look like idiots. Mostly, when you have people making a show, with no context for actual living, or being out of doors... that's what you get... a lame reality show. ps. Eustace would NEVER - in a million years let anyone touch his gun. that whole story was completely made up. Its absolutely incredible what they can do with editing. What a let down! We hope people don;t lose faith in the preserve and our real mission. We have open houses twice a year so you can see the REAL reality for yourself.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I've worked with Eustace for 15 years. He's one of the most amazing teachers you could meet. Most people just can't get over themselves long enough to see he's human like all of us. I built the barn with other, among other buildings, the huge barn, I split the shingles, we never even saw a nail gun. And if we did who cares. Quit watching tv and sitting around whining like a bunch of babies. Do something worthwhile and get off your sorry ass. Life is short.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
DONT YOU THINK EUSTACE WOULD HAVE SAY IN WHAT WAS SHOWN ABOUT HIS LIFE AND THE PRESERVE,...... Your an idiot an complete fool... I am a close associate to the production crew and worked with both... Eustace had all say in what was shown and edited.. You on the other hand have not been priveledged to this info, why is everyone a bunch of haters. WHY CANT EVERYONE APPRECIATE someone trying to live on the land, why is it that everyone HAS TO BE A FAKE IF YOU LIVE AND WORK WITH EUSTACE THEN why hasnt eustace protested the show?? BECAUSE ITS HELPING HIM SAVE THE PRESERVE!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Sue probably needs to learn how to spell probably. But it's probably just a probable typo - probably.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I'm just now watching the missing gun episode and was glad to find this site! What a stupid blooper!! I guess the producers wanted to create such an atmosphere of drama that they lost their common sense. Hard to believe that the show aired with such obvious errors. The editors really screwed up bigtime.

Submitted by headlesshorsewoman (not verified) on
Common sense isnt that common anymore.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This Eustace doesn't have a clue what living off the grid is like. Obviously we all saw the coil roofing nails. And with a hammer and nail like he was doing he couldn't have possibly done that shingle job in the time period they said. Then in this weeks episode, he wants Justin, to sight in a rifle with 4 shots? You need at the very least 6 rounds to do this accurately and that's if the scope is already really close. Then e says the rifle misfired? I clearly heard the rifle go off. Then u see them tracking the deer. Any hunter that take a rifle to the woods to take a animal shoots his own rifle and knows where it shoots, so the risk of woundin a animal are minimal. After only two episodes I don't even wanna watch the show anymore because of this part of the show. Marty and Tom still seem interesting regardless that they haven't caught or killed anything and really have failed to show how try live off the grid, with telephones, trucks, electricity, planes, and snowmobiles. Just saying.

LOL--when I was watching last night, I was like, "Misfire? What is he talking about? The gun clearly fired!" All I could figure was that he was using "misfire" as a way of saying his sights were off (I mention it in my latest article about this show, in fact; see link above on UPDATE). You're absolutely right on everything you said; I could not believe anyone would take a gun into the woods to hunt without knowing, as you said, how it was sighted. I also do not believe, personally, that Marty walked 10 miles back to that cabin. A few set shots, and the rest on the cameraman's snowmobile--that's what I think (certainly would be what I would prefer, anyway, in the same situation).

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Its TV. Eustace is bad to the bone. I've met few, very few, of his knowledge and experience.

Submitted by Rip (not verified) on
What a blatant error depicting Justin sighting in one rifle (lever action), then showing Eustace missing a deer using a different rifle. Then, to blame Justin for improperly sighting in the rifle and causing Eustace to miss is so ridiculous. It certainly reduces my enjoyment of the program. Another earlier episode where they are repairing the wood shingle roof on the shed emphasizing the use of hammers and old nails, then they show Justin carrying what looked to me like a case of air gun nails. Good story, just really stupid errors.

You know, everyone knows that reality shows are more "show" than "reality," but I don't think people really mind if they are done well ... I mean, it's like watching any other TV show at that point ... but, when the errors are so blatant and so numerous, it does take away from the enjoyment ... maybe it just demonstrates how little the producers/editors on this project know about their subject matter for this show?

Submitted by Hate Drama (not verified) on
This show would be cool if it wasn't such a wimpy drama cry fest. Every sentence is worry, danger, the dog missing for 30 seconds, not enough meat, winter, snow, my clothes are wet, im screwed, a bear, waaa waaa waaa. Show some cool tough mcgyver stuff these guys do to get food, build things, improvise, not eusteces gay love quarrel, old dudes worried wife, and Marty's im screwed sound bite used 46 times in 10 minutes. God you producers are wimps!!! Make some good man show if your gonna call it mountain men. If not rename this mountain fairies!

Submitted by Hate Drama (not verified) on
Lol- i posted that before I saw the ski repair and ironically they said "mcgyver like" ha. Too funny. I DVR in case your wonderin why im delayed.

Submitted by Mountainbilly (not verified) on
These men are not mountain men. They are more like the character from"Into the Wild." Using an unproven rifle to hunt; making your camp 12 miles from permanent water;this show is full of mountain novices. The fellow from Carolina wouldn't last a week in the San Juan's of Colorado. This show is a joke.

Submitted by Frank Goodson (not verified) on
Yes piss poor editing. Mountain fairys I'd say" not Marty". I know Marty personally, he's the real deal and his trap line and life on the trap line in the winter is as real as it gets. Sure he uses mechanized equipment, but Marty is a survivor. The producers of this show cut and edit and make it how they see it ought to be and what they feel is appealing to the public. Marty's life on the trap line would break most of you "tough guys" out there that think you got what it takes to be alone in Alaskas remote wilderness in the dead of winter.

Submitted by Wolf (not verified) on
I've known Tom and Nancy Oar for decades - have visited them and they us and have shared many a campfire with. Tom and Nancy are real as it gets. They spent several years building their first log home by hand & chain saw in Yaak area. The money they make annually for whatever they need is primarily from the skins that they tan. In the past Tom had worked as a hunting guide for a local outfitter. They hunt a lot and eat what they harvest. Wood is their heat source. Tom traps professionally. He tans and eats his catch. He don't miss with the rifle. He built his own bow & arrow, shot a mountain lion with it and tanned its skin to make his bowcase/quiver. There's a whole lot more that's not being shown - take my word for it, Tom & Nancy are real. Producers seem to think that they know what you want to see and hear, huh? Marty seems real.

Submitted by Wolf (not verified) on
Oh yeah, forgot to mention - Tom & Nancy have a great respect for Griz - but are not fearful. Nor are they worry warts. At one time many moons back they had tried to get us to move to the Yaak - we do many of the same things they do - you know, dead animal parts lying around and all - and I felt that living there would make me bear bait and so declined. Be real nice if they would show you the truth of how these fine people live. That would hold your attention folx.

Submitted by Pinglis (not verified) on
I am interested in knowing if they sell their items on line or if they have a website I can go to. I am very interested in purchasing some of their handiwork I don't attend any mountain men gatherings. Thanks for any help

Submitted by lisa spory (not verified) on
Marty is my husbands hero! He would love to spend his vacation with him to experience the challenges of self reliance.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I spent years in Colorado, the Carolina's, and Canada; the San Juan's are a joke....but whatever makes you feel tough....show me your 500 acres of land and your idea of living off the land.

Submitted by Mountainbilly (not verified) on
You must be talking about Puerto Rico when you talk about the San Juan's. I lived in the Arctic and Wyoming Wind River Range. The San Juan's of SW Colorado are as rough as mountains get. 14k mountains, avalanche, lions, bears, and monsoon storms that will blow you right off a ridge. Just because you camped in a FS campground doesn't make you qualified to talk about the wilderness.IMHO

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You're very insecure about a weak area of Colorado. But, given your keyboard muscles, I assume you live in the San Juan's as these guys live in their respective mountain areas, so we can commend you for your expertise.

Submitted by Mountainbilly (not verified) on
If you are so sure the San Juan's of Colorado are so weak then do tell what KOA you stayed at. The Genadiers, Needles, and Vestal Basin are some of the most rugged mountains I have seen in this great state. Not putting down Summit County but having Denver next door eliminates the chance of "getting away." There may only be 5 fourteeners in the range but there are hundreds of thirteeners that are much more technical. There are no roads just canyons and peaks.

Submitted by Mountainbilly (not verified) on
The only people who own the land I live on are the American people. I bow hunt the entire month of Sept. During this time I harvest Boletes, and Chantrele's from the mountains. I pick asparagus and rubarb along the creek and grow my own tomatoes, peppers, and squash. Fresh wild strawberries are in abundance right now and I am eating the backstrap off a roadkilt elk, so give me a reality show. Keep the five minutes. IMHO

Submitted by Coyotejoe (not verified) on
I think Eustace Conway's real name is Useless Conman. He pretends to "live off the land" while in fact living off the suckers who pay good money to visit his land. To wound and waste a deer and then to blame the kid who he assigned to sight in his rifle is pathetic. The program's editing errors are legion. We see Justin shooting a '94 Winchester, then a Marlin .22, then fiddling with a Remington pump rifle, then Useless wounding a deer with a Ruger Number One, then tracking it with a pump shotgun. I guess the producers think a gun is a gun.

Submitted by kritafo (not verified) on
This is exactly what I starting calling him, he apparently has 2 University degrees, he comes across like a bumkin. Like when they road into town on horses...yup is he retarded? How did he think the horses would react...why didn't they just take the road...cause there is one to and from his property. He has to ask directions to the court house...yeah right. Like he has never been to town before spare me. Uselss is coming across like that other group of people that were dodging taxes and not paying property tax. He is nutty and careless.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
This show should really be called "3 Idiots Spread Across America". You don't give your rifle to someone else to sight in first of all, second you should at least check to make sure it actually is sighted in correctly before using it if you did do the first dumb thing, third you shouldn't shoot at something not knowing if your rifle is actually sighted in, and finally you don't get to b*tch if isn't sighted in. Idiot. You shouldn't send your German Shorthaired pointer into barely above freezing running water with grass beds in it to chase a wounded duck when the g-damned dog has apparently never made a water retrieve before in its life which makes sense since its an upland game bird dog. Idiot. Finally, you probably shouldn't rely solely on a 20 year old piece of junk snowmobile in BFE Alaska as your primary mode of transportation, particularly if it breaks down and you have a hard time walking 100 yards at a time. Idiot. 3 idiots trying to kill themselves, their dogs, or maim animals. This is the kind of show that gives legitimate hunters/outdoorsmen a bad name.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I live in Libby, Montana which is about 45 miles from Tom and Nancy Oar. My husband and I watched this show ONCE and we can't stand to see it again. The Oars aren't "over 100 miles from a store," we have a HUGE Rosauers store in our town and again are only 45 miles away. In fact, I saw Nancy filling her shopping cart last week. If they were desperate for basic supplies the Yaak Mercantile is 7 miles away, along with 2 bars (just in case they're thirsty). They aren't living off the land . . . They have a phone (number's in the book) and they have electricity. STOP with the grizzly hype! Yeah we got some griz, not a huge chance of getting mauled by one. And CERTAINLY not worth mentioning every 5 minutes during the show! Chances of being killed in a car wreck on the way to Rosauers are greater than any grizzly attack! HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED IN THIS SHOW!!!!!!!!

Submitted by Mountainbilly (not verified) on
In my years of working in Alaska's North Slope I learned how Alaskans find out who are tourist. The word grizzly bears. Yeah its a brown bear. Try to make it scary but it is still a brown bear.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
An Alaskan Brown Bear is MUCH more impressive than a Montana Griz!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Marty is for real, His cabin is in the true wildrness and there are not many people that would make it. I have been to his cabin miles of nothing.

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Most of these posts make me laugh. Any time TV is involved in "reality" at best 5% is actually real. I'm sure these people survive each day in a manner that is not represented in the tv show. Of course they use phones, electricity, modern guns, tools, etc. It would be foolish not to. Sure, they may use tools of old sometimes, but, it wouldn't be advised to use too often. I enjoy the show for the beautiful scenery, etc. I also enjoy the people, although, Eustace IMO is annoying. With that, I'm sure all 3 guys would make 99% of these posters cry like little girls if they had to go toe to toe with them. Enjoy the show for what it is, beautiful scenery, outdoor wonders, etc. Otherwise, all you tough guys try camping out in your backyard for a week, then get back to me.

Submitted by RK Henderson (not verified) on
Somebody had to say it. All these posts ragging on the mountain men are out of place. The subjects have no say in what gets made of their lives, and no idea what goes on the air before any of us do. I agree that the show plays to suburbanites' notions of what living in the woods is like, and that they edit it to maximise emotion. That makes it look fake, but again, that's not the subjects' fault. Somebody else here made a comment about "what they [the producers] think we want to see". _That's_ what we're seeing. So Eustace has money-making ventures; I guess he needs money as much as anyone else. The Oars have access to stores. So do I; don't make me a city boy. And Marty went out one time without his gun and his skidoo broke, and the producers gave him a lift home and then spliced that day's footage with another where he was armed and told us it was the same day. You know what? I've been ten miles from home on snowshoes at 40 below and night falling. I'd thumb a ride, too. The show could be better; the business-types that make it don't really know what I want to see; I want to these folks use their nail guns and Walmart cards and spare skidoos, just like I do. But the subjects are living it, regardless of what gets made of it. Were before the show, will be after. Let's grow up, carpers. Robin Rusty Ring: Reflections of an Old-Timey Hermit

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I hope the Mountain Men who might read some of these comments don't take them too hard personally. It is easy to snipe others on a keyboard on the Internet. While I agree that these reality TV shows are often more fiction than fact, I have the deepest respect for all three guys (and their families) and I guess History Channel has to make some drama otherwise most people won't watch it. In fact you might blame the TV viewers for being too lazy to pay attention unless there is drama.

Submitted by Tracy (not verified) on
Ron, you are right on the money. Reality is a termed used lightly for these type of shows. I'm sure these people do live off the land to some extent and would probably run most "tough guys" into the ground. I come from a family of hunters, survivors and nature nuts, or whatever you want to call us. I enjoy the show. I love the scenery and with the errors of the producers, I recognize it as exactly that, errors of the producers, I truly doubt they have a clue as to what really happens in the wilderness. So I'm going to keep on watching and enjoying Mountain Men!

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Most of these posts make me laugh. Any time TV is involved in "reality" at best 5% is actually real. I'm sure these people survive each day in a manner that is not represented in the tv show. Of course they use phones, electricity, modern guns, tools, etc. It would be foolish not to. Sure, they may use tools of old sometimes, but, it wouldn't be advised to use too often. I enjoy the show for the beautiful scenery, etc. I also enjoy the people, although, Eustace IMO is annoying. With that, I'm sure all 3 guys would make 99% of these posters cry like little girls if they had to go toe to toe with them. Enjoy the show for what it is, beautiful scenery, outdoor wonders, etc. Otherwise, all you tough guys try camping out in your backyard for a week, then get back to me.

Submitted by sue (not verified) on
The History channel has blatantly lied about how these men/families live. This show is NOT a reality show as in Jersey Shore/ Housewives. History advertised and promoted Mountain Men about how these men "actually" live. That is WHY my hubby and I started watching until the box of Collated air gun roofing nails was seen while the commentator was stating how Eustace "makes his own shingles" and "uses a hammer and nails". We have ALL seen the mistakes and lies in the filming that the producers are clueless about. If I wanted to watch a show for the scenery, I would put Nat Geo on the tv. Since History advertised this show as something that it is NOT, we tuned in, hoping to see REAL Mountain Men. By the way, I have been camping for twenty five years, and NOT in my backyard!

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Most of these posts make me laugh. Any time TV is involved in "reality" at best 5% is actually real. I'm sure these people survive each day in a manner that is not represented in the tv show. Of course they use phones, electricity, modern guns, tools, etc. It would be foolish not to. Sure, they may use tools of old sometimes, but, it wouldn't be advised to use too often. I enjoy the show for the beautiful scenery, etc. I also enjoy the people, although, Eustace IMO is annoying. With that, I'm sure all 3 guys would make 99% of these posters cry like little girls if they had to go toe to toe with them. Enjoy the show for what it is, beautiful scenery, outdoor wonders, etc. Otherwise, all you tough guys try camping out in your backyard for a week, then get back to me.

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Most of these posts make me laugh. Any time TV is involved in "reality" at best 5% is actually real. I'm sure these people survive each day in a manner that is not represented in the tv show. Of course they use phones, electricity, modern guns, tools, etc. It would be foolish not to. Sure, they may use tools of old sometimes, but, it wouldn't be advised to use too often. I enjoy the show for the beautiful scenery, etc. I also enjoy the people, although, Eustace IMO is annoying. With that, I'm sure all 3 guys would make 99% of these posters cry like little girls if they had to go toe to toe with them. Enjoy the show for what it is, beautiful scenery, outdoor wonders, etc. Otherwise, all you tough guys try camping out in your backyard for a week, then get back to me.

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Most of these posts make me laugh. Any time TV is involved in "reality" at best 5% is actually real. I'm sure these people survive each day in a manner that is not represented in the tv show. Of course they use phones, electricity, modern guns, tools, etc. It would be foolish not to. Sure, they may use tools of old sometimes, but, it wouldn't be advised to use too often. I enjoy the show for the beautiful scenery, etc. I also enjoy the people, although, Eustace IMO is annoying. With that, I'm sure all 3 guys would make 99% of these posters cry like little girls if they had to go toe to toe with them. Enjoy the show for what it is, beautiful scenery, outdoor wonders, etc. Otherwise, all you tough guys try camping out in your backyard for a week, then get back to me.

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Most of these posts make me laugh. Any time TV is involved in "reality" at best 5% is actually real. I'm sure these people survive each day in a manner that is not represented in the tv show. Of course they use phones, electricity, modern guns, tools, etc. It would be foolish not to. Sure, they may use tools of old sometimes, but, it wouldn't be advised to use too often. I enjoy the show for the beautiful scenery, etc. I also enjoy the people, although, Eustace IMO is annoying. With that, I'm sure all 3 guys would make 99% of these posters cry like little girls if they had to go toe to toe with them. Enjoy the show for what it is, beautiful scenery, outdoor wonders, etc. Otherwise, all you tough guys try camping out in your backyard for a week, then get back to me.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I believe most of us on here have done a little more than camp out in our backyards. And I'm sure a 70 year old man who can barely walk, Eustace who is prolly 125 pounds soak an wet or would really make us cry. Eustace is a joke, along with his whole part of the show. Doesnt have a clue what he's talkin about.

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Maybe you're part of the 1%. I think most people by now knows that tv reality shows are no where close to real. Many of these posts are the same that are on gun/outdoor youtube videos. They act like know- it- alls, when in reality they know next to nothing, but want to talk big. I agree with your comment about Eustace. I had a weird feeling about him from the beginning, but, I stick to my comment that these guys (in their real world) would make most of these posters cry like little girls if they had to stick step by step with them. Tom may be old, but experience can trump youth many times. My point-just enjoy the show for the beauty. If not, then don't watch the show. But, please...don't call it "reality".

Submitted by Mountainbilly (not verified) on
Go back to central park dork. You want to see some mountains and play mountain man come up to Silverton, CO. Climb some peaks, raft some some rivers, you would probably become a statistic. Don't worry, we won't make an ass of you like the history channel does of these guys. Marty is the only one on this show who has a clue, and even he is not so sharp.

Submitted by Ron (not verified) on
Don't know why my post posted so many times. I entered one post and hit save once. Wow. Guess it's true, you really do need a computer to screw up big! Please no hate mail. Don't know what happened...

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
I don't disagree with some of the comments here (regarding the "reality" of the show) but whatever has been said, I have to make a point that, seeing the photos of these Mountain Men in their younger days, and seeing that they stuck to their guns and took the big leap to live this life, to choose the road less travelled, and still living it, is very inspiring. That they do not completely live off the land without modern technology shows intelligence, because why would they not take advantage of technology, while remaining capable of not depending on it. Should Marty walk for a month instead of fly his plane? How many of us dare to live our dreams and fantasies? Let them be a bit strange or weird if that's what you think they are. We are all weird to others in some way I am sure. I just hope they don't regret sharing their lives with the world on this TV show and getting all these negative comments from people.

Submitted by Livin in Alaska (not verified) on
Watching last weeks episode it came to me that while harvesting his wifes caribuo seemed leagle, how every his was not.. He camped with family and hunted the next day, flew out and then flew back the same day and shot his wich is ileagle. When flying in you must wait until 3AM the next day, giving the time of year he was hunting it would have been dark at 3 am. especially as far north as he was. All other hunters must do this and spend a ton of money having to hold pilots extra time for the regs. He poached his.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Did Marty REALLY take the animal illegally OR was that segment a farce . . . Just like the rest of the show?!

Submitted by JAS C (not verified) on
OH MY, SOMEONE MUST HAVE BEEN OFFENDED. WE ALL SAW THE NAME PAINTED ON THE ENGINE COWLING OF MARTY'S PLANE IN THE EARLIER EPISODES, BUT NOW "HIGH YELLA" IS BLURRED OUT. THAT'S KINDA LIKE LOCKING THE BARN DOOR AFTER THE HORSE GETS OUT. COME ON GUYS, THIS IS A REALITY SHOW. LIVE WITH IT

Submitted by Larry L (not verified) on
well, colored me humbled. I bought every bit of that show and was genuinely interested in season two...... operative word being "was". Must be the city slicker in me I reckon.. Thanks for the insights.