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Series Length:3 Seasons, 27 Episodes
Schedule: Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
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Yukon Men, named after residents living near the Yukon River, is an non-scripted, documentary cable series produced by Paper Route Productions, for the Discovery Channel. The show depicts the severe but beautiful existence and conditions in Tanana, a village in Alaska. Here, the residents live by the land, where they trap, fish, and hunt. This production showcases their superior survival instincts and strong sense of community and camaraderie.

The television show fits with the toughness themes of others like Deadliest Catch and Survivorman. Families frequently work together, even down to preparing carcasses and processing meat, and stoking their furnaces.

The first episode begins with Stan Zuray, a 40-year outdoors wilderness veteran, hunting for caribou, with his son 21-year old son Joey. They travel for more than three days by snowmobile and dog sled, near the Ray Mountains. With nothing to show for their efforts, they finally pursue a lead from Courtney Agnes, local kennel owner, married to an oil field worker. She tells them a wolf has apparently been ravaging the fish in her smoke house. But the problem is taken care of by handyman-trapper, Charlie Wright, whose day job is local water plant operator. However, Charlie is focused on plant operations and must ask area lumber dealer James Roberts, for the necessary firewood. Then, after hearing reports of a Caribou herd several hours away, Stan, Charlie, and sons set out to procure four of the animals. They return to the village, where they then dress and provide meat for family and friends.

Other episodes follow, with the villagers hunting beaver, and confronting a wolverine, and a bear. They must also deal with mechanical problems, and a missing villager. Competitions are conducted for fun. They're all required to be true survivors, working well together. Whether or not this type of lifestyle appeals to one, many have found watching the episodes so far, to be entertaining and informative. The tough villagers respect nature and each other, an enduring and universal theme.

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Status: Currently Airing
Genre: Family
Rating: 10/10
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  • Pat is faced with a financial crisis when he finds out his newly handicapped wife is returning home. Sensing weakness, James strategizes to bring Pat's kennel down. Stan struggles with a dilemma. Bob finally decides to leave Tanana.

  • As floodwaters surge threatening the village, valuable driftwood is left for waste. James decides to stock-up but his own son, turns his back on him. Joey also races up river but ends up stranded. Pat hires a helper from New Zealand.

  • Spring attracts predators to Tanana, and Stan loses a sled dog to a hungry bear. The Yukon River begins to thaw quickly, and the villagers must move to high ground. The town gas pump breaks, putting a halt to flood preparations.

  • Now that goose-hunting season has arrived, tension between Stan and Joey leads them to a rite of passage. A confrontation is brewing after Bob fails to meet his responsibilities with Charlie. James goes hunting on deadly grounds. Pat must trust the new guy.

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