The BEST Episodes of Mountain Men

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 4, 2021

Network: History

Most people enjoy the modern technologies and conveniences of today -- smartphones, tablets, cable and satellite TV among them -- but there are people who choose to live off the grid and in the unspoiled wilderness, where dangers like mudslides, falling trees and bears are all parts of life. ``Mountain Men'' profiles three such people. Eustace Conway, who has lived at the western edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina for more than 25 years, teaches interns about the old ways of living with nature. Tom Oar needs an entire year to prepare for the seven-month-long winter on Montana's Yaak River. In Alaska, Marty Meierotto must gather enough wood to survive, in complete isolation, winters that can have temperatures drop to as low as 60 degrees below zero. It's not an easy life but for these mountain men, it's life as they know it.

Seize the Day

#1 - Seize the Day

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 5, 2019

Tom builds an authentic Native American bull boat; Jake goes back on the hunt for the bus stop bandit; Morgan struggles to haul a ton of greenhouse supplies; Eustace and Raleigh tackle a rush order for lumber.

star 8.23
119 votes
Going For Broke

#2 - Going For Broke

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 18, 2013

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.

star 8.18
118 votes
 Meltdown: Loaded for Bear

#3 - Meltdown: Loaded for Bear

Season 9 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 14, 2021

Mike flies into the Kodiak backcountry in search of rich bear hunting grounds; Jason rushes to complete a barn before his new herd of goats arrive; Kidd and Harry hunt down the bear that attacked their cattle; Josh creates a water supply for his growing herd of bison; and Jake turns his bear kill into food stores and profit.

star 8.08
36 votes
Settling the Score

#4 - Settling the Score

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Sep 8, 2013

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.

star 8.08
102 votes
Tooth and Claw

#5 - Tooth and Claw

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 22, 2019

Tom turns coyotes into cash; Eustace and Raleigh take to the forge to raise money for roofing materials; Mike scouts bears for the spring hunting season; Morgan and Margaret go fishing.

star 8.07
116 votes
Hell or High Water

#6 - Hell or High Water

Season 7 - Episode 16 - Aired Nov 1, 2018

Marty wraps up trapping season with a record haul; Morgan flies solo for the first time over the Great Alaska Range; Tom battles rapids on the Kootenai River; Eustace tries to raise a down payment to buy land.

star 8.07
106 votes
Ticking Clock

#7 - Ticking Clock

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 25, 2013

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.

star 8.04
112 votes
No Guts, No Glory

#8 - No Guts, No Glory

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 8, 2019

Kidd and Harry set their sights on bagging a buffalo; Jake goes after a mountain lion caught too close to civilization; and Morgan fights the deadly skies of Alaska in a race to resupply his homestead.

star 7.97
102 votes
The Bus Stop Bandit

#9 - The Bus Stop Bandit

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 29, 2019

Jake hunts a lion caught stalking a school bus stop; Tom sets out to end his trapping season on a high note; Eustace and Raleigh struggle to put a roof on their outpost cabin; Morgan and Margaret prepare their horses for a critical supply run.

star 7.97
129 votes
All or Nothing

#10 - All or Nothing

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 15, 2019

Tom and Sean face off against a coyote threat; Eustace and Raleigh enlist some much-needed help building their lookout cabin; Jason takes one final crack at creating Ozark steel; Morgan and Margaret push deep into the back country.

star 7.97
116 votes
Double Jeopardy

#11 - Double Jeopardy

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 18, 2018

Morgan's big day goes bust when his plane breaks down; Mike's supply run across the bay leaves him high and dry; Tom takes on a rare high value commission; Jake's dog team hunts down two lions in a marathon high-speed chase.

star 7.96
129 votes
Bloody Knuckles

#12 - Bloody Knuckles

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 23, 2020

Jake's latest mountain lion chase leads him to an angry bear; Tom and Jack take on a commission to build an ancient atlatl; Jason builds a steel trap to keep the area's wild hogs in check; Kidd transforms a large wooden boat into a summer cabin.

star 7.96
72 votes
Stand Your Ground

#13 - Stand Your Ground

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Sep 21, 2017

Morgan’s horses go missing just as the local bears are waking for spring; Rich’s marathon lion hunt turns into an epic chase and Tom goes after America’s largest game.

star 7.96
202 votes
Thin Ice

#14 - Thin Ice

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 11, 2013

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.

star 7.95
118 votes
The Big Reckoning

#15 - The Big Reckoning

Season 9 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 13, 2020

Josh hits the jackpot; Tom puts his handmade dugout canoe to the test; Jake makes his last stand against a massive predator; Eustace sees his dream of keeping his new land go up in flames; Kidd and Harry secure their future in the mountains.

star 7.94
80 votes
Final Farewell

#16 - Final Farewell

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 11, 2019

Jake sets off alone on the hunt for elk meat; Jason rolls the dice on an experimental smelter; Morgan and Margaret combat a critical water problem; Mike targets Kodiak Island's most dangerous quarry; and Marty bids a final farewell.

star 7.93
117 votes
Meltdown: Tornado Alley

#17 - Meltdown: Tornado Alley

Season 9 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 7, 2021

As the spring melt sweeps the mountains, Jake sets his sights on bagging a black bear for the larder; Eustace and Raleigh race against time and weather to plant crops; Mike sets out to harvest a bounty from the Gulf of Alaska; Kidd and Harry drop and haul lumber for their ranch; and Jason puts his homestead expansion on hold when a tornado comes crashing through.

star 7.92
38 votes
To Every Thing There Is a Season

#18 - To Every Thing There Is a Season

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Sep 21, 2017

Marty ends a failed season with a blockbuster catch; Tom stands his ground against a powerful beast and in Preston’s final episode, he and Eustace fight fire with fire to lay down roots for the next generation.

star 7.91
211 votes
Only the Strong Survive

#19 - Only the Strong Survive

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 10, 2017

Marty doubles down on a new strategy to keep from losing more ground; Morgan and Margaret defend what's theirs and Jason's hunt for land becomes an ordeal.

star 7.91
293 votes
New Blood

#20 - New Blood

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 6, 2019

As winter closes in, Morgan and Margaret fly North to track down the great caribou migration and secure meat; Marty preps his trapline for the arrival of his daughter, Noah; Jake starts his season tracking two lions. Eustace takes on an apprentice and uncovers some illicit activity on his new land; Kidd and Harry rescue horses from a pack of hungry wolves.

star 7.91
131 votes
Disaster Strikes

#21 - Disaster Strikes

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 28, 2013

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.

star 7.90
144 votes
Lost Time Is Never Found

#22 - Lost Time Is Never Found

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 20, 2018

A mid-winter melt threatens to derail Tom's season; Eustace masters gravity to keep the water flowing at home; Jason and Mary make a move to feed their growing family; Morgan and Margaret top off a major project; Mike cashes in on a rare find.

star 7.89
126 votes
Breaking Point

#23 - Breaking Point

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 1, 2019

Jake has a problem lion on his hands and soon discovers it's not alone; Tom and his brother, Jack, break down on the road to the Yaak Valley; Morgan crosses the Great Alaska Range on an emergency supply run.

star 7.88
113 votes
Battle Lines

#24 - Battle Lines

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 16, 2018

Tom takes the fight to the wolves; a lion chase claims a casualty; Morgan builds bigger; and Eustace goes to battle to defend his land.

star 7.88
123 votes
Family First

#25 - Family First

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 27, 2019

Jake will do anything to get his injured dog to the vet; Tom and his brother are left high and dry when the well on his ranch stops pumping; Mike has to go back on the hunt after bears pillage his provisions.

star 7.88
122 votes