Imagine stranding long hours or several days in the freezing snow of Alaska hoping an animal will set foot on the trapline. It is not easy, right? Such is the life of Marty Meierotto. He is an American Trapper who has spent many winters in a primitive one-room cabin in the harsh Alaskan wilderness hunting fur and livelihood. His typical life is illustrated in “Mountain Men” a reality TV series on History channel.
Other than fur extraction, Marty is a family man married to longtime wife and father of a 13 years old daughter. We have covered many interesting facts about this survivalist including his financial aspect such as net worth.
Marty Meierotto was born in North Wisconsin, U.S, to parents Karen Meierotto and Thomas T. Meierotto. He is three of the siblings including Jeff Meierotto and Steve Meierotto. He belongs to white ethnicity.
Meierotto grew up picking up the traits of his father, Karen who was also a professional trapper. His first experience at the age of 7 left a deep impression when his father took him to check on trapline outside their house in northern Wisconsin.
Upon completion of high school Marty found difficult to become a trapper due to fewer number of animals compared to the number of trapper around in Wisconsin. During the time young lads from his hometown moved to Alaska each year seeking opportunities. Similarly, Marty and his brother Jeff left in 1985 to live in the woods of Alaska.
A career as Fur Trapper
After moving this survivalist worked at Fairbanks as a Janitor, a logger and even on construction only to earn enough money for food, trapping tools, and a tent so that he could go for trapping and hunting during his free time.
He never gave up on his dream rather dedicated himself and built a one-man cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. During the hunting season, he had to spread out the trap-line 200 miles away from the human civilization where the temperature dropped 30 to 40 degrees below zero.
In summers he worked for the Alaska Fire Service as a smoke-jumper. As he is familiar with the Alaskan woods navigation this job seems to be easy money earning for him which helps him a lot to support his family. As soon as summer ends he returns for trapping where he collects Lynx for the fur to sell in the city.
Reality TV career and leaving Mountain Men
The man with thick skin, Marty has earned many fans who love to watch him on the reality TV show “Mountain Men.” The star man is also considered one of the toughest members of the Alaska Trapper Association. On May 31, 2012, Marty joined the cast of the show and has featured in over 100 episodes so far.
After 8 seasons on the show, he shared the decision to quit. He revealed the reason to spend more time with family and live away from camera scrutiny. As for trapping and hunting, he plans to continue.
Sooner or later hard work and dedication pay the reward, this is also believed by this survivalist. Despite leaving the show which pays him a good sum of money he has been able to collect a good fortune. He also earns money from the fur which may not be a stable earning source though. He enjoys his life as a smokejumper. According to the source, his estimated net-worth is assumed to be $250,000 plus.
Wife and Children
If you are wondering about this survivalist personal life indeed he is a married man. Sorry to the ladies who might have their eyes on this tough man for quite a while. He got engaged to his beautiful wife Dominique Meierotto a long time ago. Together the couple gave birth to a daughter Noah Jane who is currently 13 years of age.
The family lives in Two Rivers, Alaska 100 miles south of Arctic Circle. Since he is mostly far from home, he goes back and forth from the wilderness to town in his small modified aircraft Supercub from 1937.