Imagine being stranded for long hours or several days in the freezing snow hoping an animal will set foot on the trapline, not easy, right? Marty Meierotto is a man who lives on the edge of civilization and as a trapper, he has faced such situations numerous times. Meierotto is good at the game of survival and has lived at the edge of nature in a one-room cabin in the Alaskan wilderness turning to hunting, fishing, and trapping for livelihood. In this article, we will bring everything to know about Marty Meierotto including his wife and kids.
Who is Marty Meierotto?
Marty Meierotto is an American reality television actor, hunter, trapper, former firefighter, and BLM pilot. He rose to fame following his appearance on the History Channel reality show “Mountian Men” in 2012 and was a regular cast member until 2019. Meierotto is also an author who published the book “In the Land of Wilderness” in September 2020.
Marty Meierotto is a man of the wild, and his appearance reflects his adventurous spirit. He has an average build with a stature of 5 feet 6 inches (approx) and weighs around 141 pounds. His hair and beard are gray, giving him a distinguished look that contrasts with his hazel-brown eyes. He sports thick beard and mustache that cover most of his face, adding to his rugged charm.
Marty Meierotto was born in February 1960 in Foxboro, Wisconsin, United States. He is the son of Thomas T. Meierotto and Karen Meierotto. Marty grew up in northern Wisconsin alongside his siblings Jeff Meierotto and Steve Meierotto where he picked the traits of trapping from his professional father.
At the age of seven, Marty had his first trapping experience as he joined Thomas to check a trapline set outside their house. Marty kept trapping as he grew up which turned into a professor. Although Marty did attend school he did not achieve higher education and Marty became a logger. With the declining number of animals among growing trappers, Marty decided to move away from his hometown. During that time many young lads from his hometown moved to Alaska seeking job opportunities. Marty and his brother Jeff Meierotto also moved to Alaska in 1985.
After moving, Marty did different old jobs in Fairbanks, Alaska as a Janitor, a logger, and a construction crew for a few years. He would use the money for food, tools, and tents and would go on trapping during his free time.
Marty never gave up on his dream of living off the land and built a one-room cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. In the hunting season, he would spread out the trap line 200 miles away from human civilization where the temperature dropped 30 to 40 degrees below zero. The fur obtained from trapping such as Lynx would sell in the market. Marty also became a member of the Alaska Trapper Association.
In the summers Marty worked as a wildland firefighter for Chena Interagency from 1988 to 1993. He started working as Alaska Smoke Jumper in 1994 and after more than two decades he switched to his dream job of flying. He became a BLM pilot for Alaska Fire Service in 2015 and after five years he took retirement from the job.
Marty is the original cast member of the Mountain Men who joined the reality show from the start debuting during season 1 episode 1 “Winter is coming” premiere on May 31, 2012. Over the years, Marty was a regular cast member and appeared on 103 episodes until 2019. His last appearance came during season 8 episode 5 “Final Farewell” on July 11, 2019. Marty revealed that the reason behind his retirement was to spend more time with his family. He also shared that his daughter is fascinated by the Wilderness lifestyle and plans to live more often hunting, fishing and trapping.
Sooner or later hard work pays off, this is also believed by this survivalist. Marty Meierotto made his money through different endeavors and a significant part of it is attributed to his time on Mountain Men. Also, Marty is an author and wrote “In the Land of Wilderness” which is sold for $29.9 on Amazon. Taking his different sources into account, Marty has a net worth of $400,000 as of 2023.
Marty Meierotto is a man of the wild. He has spent most of his life in the harsh and beautiful wilderness of Alaska, trapping fur animals and living off the land. He is also a loving husband and father, who cherishes his family above all else.
Wife and Children:
Marty is married to Dominique Meierotto. They fell in love and got married, but Marty did not give up his passion for trapping. He would spend months away from home, setting up his trap lines in remote areas and sleeping in a tent or a cabin. Dominique understood and supported his lifestyle, and sometimes joined him on his trips.
Together, they have a daughter named Noah Jane Meierotto, who is their pride and joy. Noah inherited her father’s adventurous spirit and love for nature. She learned how to trap, hunt, fish, and survive in the wild from Marty, who taught her everything he knew. She also loves her mother and enjoys spending time with her when Marty is away.
Over the years the family has lived in different places in Alaska including Two Rivers (100 miles south of the Arctic Circle), the North Pole & Fairbanks. Their adventure also took them to cabin life, a remote but simple life where Marty also used a small plane to fly to his trap lines or to town for supplies. In the midst, his wife Dominique also became part of the television show “Mountain Men” and appeared in 26 episodes from 2012-2019.
Marty’s life has not been without challenges and dangers. He has faced many hardships and risks as a trapper, such as harsh weather, predators, injuries, and plane crashes. He has also had to balance his work and family life, and deal with the pressures of being on a reality TV show. But through it all, he has remained humble, grateful, and optimistic. He values his freedom, his passion, and his family more than anything else.
63 years old
Foxboro, Wisconsin, United States., United States
Dominique Worden Meierotto
Reality Television actor, Outdoorsman, Trapper, Hunter, Writer, Former Firefighter, Pilot