“Mountain Men” aired a new episode on History Channel on Thursday, and it was a bit morose at the end. It is always sad when someone’s dog dies, and Rich found his dog Brandy dead in the Montana snow after a long, frantic search. Probably not a viewer was unmoved by the scene when he found his beloved Brandy. At least Brandy was not torn to shreds by wolves. It was very tender how he took his coat and carried back to the truck; he let her ride home one last time on the hood as she had always liked to do.
It is interesting how these rough and rugged men are so emotionally attached to their dogs. They trap, kill and gut without a great deal of effect, although sometimes they express appreciation to the animal itself. However, when their beloved dogs disappear, it is a 911 emergency of epic proportions. The relationship between a mountain man and his dog obviously runs deep. Brandy had evidently died from old age, or so Rich thought. Like the viewers, he seemed relieved it wasn’t a mountain lion kill.
Kyle Bell was busy setting up a base camp for the new area of land he is preparing for cattle. It was a bit sketchy how the little lean-to shelter he made would serve him even through one night, though. Although it was interesting to hear him explain why he was doing it that way, it still looked pitifully inadequate.
It is always amazing to watch Tom Oar hunting and trapping. He continues to show the rugged determination of a much-younger man. In this episode, he came upon a large herd of elk, explaining the tracks in the snow to the viewers. He is the real star of the show, and, judging from social media, viewers love him. In this USA Today article, Tom Oar describes how he sees the whole thing:
Oar describes his newfound fame as “kind of strange.”
“Mountain Men” continues to be the benchmark by which other similar reality shows are judged. It is a little slow sometimes, but the actual action scenes seem legitimate and not staged for the camera at all. You can catch “Mountain Men” on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET with the previous week’s episode replaying the hour before.