Modern day mountain men live off the land and off the grid, hunting and trapping to provide for their families.


Mountain Men


They hunt. They trap. They battle blizzards, mudslides, wolf and bear attacks! Sounds like a scene right out of the Old West. But these mountain men live in America’s wilderness—today.

From Alaska to Montana to The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Eustace Conway, Tom Oar, Marty Meierotto and Rich Lewis strive to live off the land, independent and free, like their ancestors before them, to provide food, shelter and security for their families.

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When the weather forecaster calls for snow, kids might anticipate a day off from school. Adults might prepare for a longer commute and snarled traffic. They might rush out to the grocery store to stock up on bread, milk, cereal, hamburger or other essentials. For these modern day mountain men, living off the land and off the grid is not merely a challenge; it’s a matter of survival. For the North American Wilderness can be brutal, and in the battle against extreme weather and predators there is no overall victor, one man who conquers all. There’s hard work, danger, split-second life and death decisions, meeting adversity and obstacles head on, in trial after trial for the privilege to live a free, self-sufficient, fulfilling life.

Meet the Mountain Men


Eustace Conway

Picturesque. Majestic. Awe-inspiring. The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is where Eustace Conway calls home. On his property named Turtle Island, Eustace lives a self-sufficient life using ancient survival skills and techniques and primitive tools, as he fends off predators, poachers, scavengers, sickness and other challenges to his very survival.


Tom Oar

Cold enough for you? Most say that phrase just a few months a year. Not Tom Oar and his wife, Nancy. For this former rodeo bronc rider, living in the remote Yaak River Valley of Montana, the frigid winter looms for seven long months. Tom ensures his family’s survival by trapping, hunting for food, and tanning hides.


Marty Meierotto

If winters in the lower 48 aren’t harsh enough, try living a hundred miles south of the Arctic Circle—in Alaska, where sub-zero temps are the norm and hitting zero might be considered a heat wave! But you’ll find Marty Meierotto braving the frigid climes in his rustic, one-room cabin, during trapping season, awaiting the few hours of light so he can head out to set and check his trapline. The sale of the furs helps support his wife and child who live in town.


Rich Lewis

Rich Lewis isn’t your average hunter. He sets his sights on the big cats in Montana’s Ruby Valley, where he lives with his wife. His passion is tracking mountain lions with his pack of well-trained hounds.