The Best Episodes of Mountain Men

Last Updated: Sep 16, 2018

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.

Disaster Strikes

#1 - Disaster Strikes

Season 2 - Episode 8

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 8.50
2 votes
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Edge of the Earth

#2 - Edge of the Earth

Season 7 - Episode 8

Eustace battles a beast to bring home a bonus payday; in pursuit of a lion, Jake's team is left hanging on a cliff's edge; Marty gambles on the ice to make bank; Mike fights to survive the dangers of bears-infested Kodiak.

star 8.08
75 votes
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Battle Lines

#3 - Battle Lines

Season 7 - Episode 5

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 8.07
88 votes
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This Is the End

#4 - This Is the End

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.00
1 votes
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Stand Your Ground

#5 - Stand Your Ground

Season 6 - Episode 15

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 7.98
188 votes
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Misty Mountain

#6 - Misty Mountain

Season 2 - Episode 16

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.

star 7.96
67 votes
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Judgment Day

#7 - Judgment Day

Season 2 - Episode 14

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.

star 7.94
66 votes
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Labor Pains

#8 - Labor Pains

Season 7 - Episode 3

In a risky bid to get out of the red, Marty fights to reclaim his long-abandoned turf; Morgan races to build a shelter in the snow and ice of subzero Alaska; Eustace gets a boost in horsepower; Jason and Mary brace for a home birth; and Jake's lion hunt takes a dangerous detour.

star 7.93
94 votes
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To Every Thing There Is a Season

#9 - To Every Thing There Is a Season

Season 6 - Episode 16

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
197 votes
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While the Going is Good

#10 - While the Going is Good

Season 7 - Episode 6

Marty brings in a record haul; Margaret's extreme flight training leaves her out in the cold; Tom puts his master craftsmen skills to work; and Jake chases his next meal.

star 7.90
88 votes
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Generations

#11 - Generations

Season 5 - Episode 16

Tom pays the price for two consecutive failed winters. Morgan calls in reinforcements for his horses. Eustace and Preston harvest a hog and Rich makes a pick of the litter.

star 7.89
263 votes
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Block and Tackle

#12 - Block and Tackle

Season 7 - Episode 7

Tom returns to the field on a rescue mission; the deep freeze leaves Morgan and Margaret scrambling for water; Eustace takes on a risky payday in a bid to buy his neighbor's land; Jason's improvised engineering is a game-changer in the forge.

star 7.88
80 votes
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Fight or Flight

#13 - Fight or Flight

Season 7 - Episode 4

Morgan gets a crash course in extreme winter flying; Marty battles a predator invasion; Tom faces a new wolf threat; Jake and his hounds hunt a rogue lion; and Jason steps in to bring a new life into the world.

star 7.87
100 votes
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Winter's Gamble

#14 - Winter's Gamble

Season 4 - Episode 14

Marty makes a gamble that changes everything; a storm batters Eustace and Preston during their final push.

star 7.86
108 votes
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Predator

#15 - Predator

Season 3 - Episode 12

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.

star 7.84
74 votes
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Only the Strong Survive

#16 - Only the Strong Survive

Season 6 - Episode 10

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 7.83
252 votes
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Nowhere To Run

#17 - Nowhere To Run

Season 7 - Episode 1

As winter approaches, Morgan battles a bear-infested island for a critical head start on the season; Tom is caught in Montana's deadly wildfires; Eustace wrestles with the aftermath of Preston's death, and the Hawk clan prepares for a life-changing arrival.

star 7.83
117 votes
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Time And Tide

#18 - Time And Tide

Season 7 - Episode 2

The bears keep Morgan on the run as he tries to secure his catch and escape with his life; Eustace struggles to get back to work without Preston; Jason and Mary prepare for their due date; Tom scales treacherous terrain and Jake readies his team to face down the lions.

star 7.83
98 votes
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The Deep Freeze

#19 - The Deep Freeze

Season 3 - Episode 11

In the Revelation Mountains of Alaska, Marty faces off with a vicious wolverine. In Montana, Rich tries to protect a young family from a hungry predator 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.

star 7.80
76 votes
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Welcome to the Tundra

#20 - Welcome to the Tundra

Season 4 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.80
116 votes
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Rite of Passage

#21 - Rite of Passage

Season 3 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.80
83 votes
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Race to Ruin

#22 - Race to Ruin

Season 6 - Episode 14

An early melt unleashes the local bears weeks ahead of schedule in the Great Alaska Range; Jason’s hunt for a home is finally over, and Eustace and Preston’s race to the finish ends in ruin.

star 7.78
209 votes
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Awakening

#23 - Awakening

Season 4 - Episode 15

A predator returns just when Tom can least afford it. Marty runs out of daylight, and Rich battles back the wolves.

star 7.78
104 votes
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The Cut

#24 - The Cut

Season 6 - Episode 8

A slip of the axe blade slices Morgan too deep; Marty targets a wolf pack on a killing spree; Tom digs out.

star 7.77
268 votes
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Touchdown

#25 - Touchdown

Season 4 - Episode 11

In Alaska, Marty finishes his cabin in time for his family to arrive, while in Montana, Rich's dogs are in danger after pursuing a bobcat too far, and Tom's skills get a workout after receiving a risky commission. In North Carolina, a mistake brings Eustace's lumber operation to a sudden halt.

star 7.77
116 votes
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