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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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Friday 10:00 PM et/pt on Discovery Channel
4 Seasons, 31 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • Joey floats a massive truck on a primitive log raft for 150 miles down the deadly Yukon River. Stan finds himself stranded. Pat is surprised by his nephew's return to Tanana. Charlie and James go moose hunting to supply food for a traditional ceremony.

  • A double homicide upsets the small Alaskan town of Tanana. Pat is forced to make a difficult decision. Joey builds a raft for an epic trip to float a 3-ton truck 150 miles downriver. Meanwhile, Charlie receives heartbreaking news about his son Bob.

  • The Yukon Men are forced to make changes when the government bans a staple food source. Plus, the Governor of Alaska visits the village and delivers life-changing information.

  • The cast of Yukon Men reveal new and shocking details about their struggles to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. Sneak peaks of the coming season preview the big changes and challenges they face this year, one of which will alter their lives forever. Plus, a preview of the upcoming season.

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