Jumping off cliffs and climbing a mountain is not everyone’s cup of tea. However, watching others do it is an adrenaline pump on its own. Mountain Man is a reality show where we can watch people living off the grid, putting themselves in scary and adventurous situations through the comfort of our own TV screens. If you’re already a fan of this show, you must know Josh Kirk.
Who actually is Josh Kirk?
Josh Kirk is a reality television personality, homesteader, bison rancher, hunter, gatherer, and mountain man. Although not published, Josh is a musician and singer in his own right. His ticket to fame came as a reality television actor following his numerous appearance on the History Channel show “Mountain Men.” Josh has not won any kind of awards or nominations as an actor.
How old is Josh Kirk?
The green-eyed Josh Kirk was born on September 17, 1984, in Georgia, United States. The birthday makes him 38 years old. Josh is a Virgo born and people with the zodiac sign are said to possess qualities such as humility, self-effacing, industriousness, and practicality.
Childhood and Early Life
The rancher grew up in Georgia in a rigorous religious family in Newton County. He has reported having had a very self-sufficient life. He wasn’t very used to the new updated technology as his family preferred their life to low-key and off-the-grid life by living off the land and farming. He said that he had been a hunter and survivalist since the time he was born.
Growing up in Georgia Josh did somewhat follow in his elder brother Joel Kirk as they both participated in Georgia State Games Boxing Tournament and he was only 11 years old at that time.
Kirk reported that he eventually left home at the age of 15 and lived independently after that. He had traveled with different tribes by the time he was 18.
He became part of the show from season 9, which premiered June 4th, 2021. Josh was filmed while doing his regular day-to-day tasks. He took this opportunity to teach people about his lifestyle and survival tactics. Josh made 12 episodes appearances until the season 10 conclusion in 2021. On September 1, 2002, Mountain Men season 11 premiered and Josh returned as a regular cast member.
The affair began in his childhood and Josh still manages to continue his primitive ways of living. He lives in Wyoming at the base of the Wind River Mountain Range trying to make the most out of available resources. As a rancher, he is always looking to grow his Bison. And while tending to the lifestyle Jason hunts, traps, raises livestock, and gathers food & other resources from nature.
Josh has published an interview with mavenbuilt where he answers some interesting questions about becoming a mountain Man. In the interview, he professed his love for teaching people about survival tactics, and about living a primitive life. He said;
“For me, being able to share this ancient tribal knowledge by teaching what it is to respect life through the harvest, while utilizing every resource that is given, as the primal men and women of old have done before me, is my ultimate achievement and will be my legacy.”
Raising Bison while supporting other wildlife:
Josh loves raising Bison. He has shown his admiration for them in the show itself. However, did you know that raising a bison is pretty much more complex than raising cattle? They aren’t usually raised as domestic animals. They require excellent herd companionship, along with grass, water, fences, and a brilliant health plan.
The fences can be a problem for other wildlife. Old barbwires may affect the migration of deer, elks, antelope, and other animals. Josh has done a fantastic job at ensuring that this doesn’t become a problem for the migrating animals. He has reported that he uses wildlife-friendly fences instead of harmful barbwires for his Bisons.
It isn’t a big shock that the private homesteader, ranch manager, and hunter has not yet disclosed his net worth. However, his profession does earn him a decent amount about; the exact number hasn’t been known to the media.
We do know that the cast of the reality tv ‘Mountain Man’ gets paid about $3500 per episode. Even so, the payment does depend on the individual’s popularity.
Wife & Kids:
Yes, Kirk is happily married. His wife’s name is Bonnie Kirk, and she is a professional tanner. In the years of togetherness as a married couple, the pair have given birth to a little girl, Eden Kirk.
Following her husband in the television world, Boonie made her Mountain Men debut in 2020 during season 9 episode 1 “Freedom,” and has since been part of season 10 although uncredited, and most recent season 11 of the reality show.
Bonnie shares similarities with Josh in many ways. She loves the outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and paddling the Wind River mountain range where she now resides. Bonnie supports her husband in their pursuit of Homestead living and ranching. She also helps Josh tan the animal skin brought from hunting or trapping.
It is a surprise that Kirk actually has an Instagram. He does post pictures promoting his lifestyle there. He also created a Facebook account on May 21, 2020. He has about 4.9k followers on Facebook and 4k followers on Instagram. His Instagram handle is joshkirkmountainmen, and his Facebook handle is Josh Kirk – MountainMen
September 17, 1984
Georgia, United States
Reality Television Actor, Hunter, Rancher, Homesteader