In the face of the adversity of nature, it is hard to raise livestock especially when different wild animals keep lurking time and again. In such a situation, everyone deserves a “Houndsman” like rich Lewis who is a veteran Lion hunter and has worked to protect the livestock of the Villagers of Ruby Valley. An outdoorsman & a hunter, Rich traded his easy life for the adventure of the Mountain terrains of Montana. And his tales of hunting lions spread over the years giving him recognition to the point he was asked for the television show. Rich joined the reality show “Mountain Men” in 2013. In this biography article, we will bring everything about Rich Lewis who is a married man including his departure and a possible return to reality television.
Who is Rich Lewis?
Rich Lewis is a reality television personality, a hunter, and an outdoorsman. American by nationality, Rich comes from a family descended from Europe. This blue-eyed Mountain Man is also credited as a “Houndsman” because of his way of chasing lions using a group of jagged hounds.
Rich Lewis was born in January 1954 in Idaho, USA. The birthdate makes him 68 years old. While the information on his parents or siblings is largely unknown Rich did grow up in Idaho.
Rich and his affinity towards nature started during the free spirit of childhood. From an early age, he was interested in mountains more often, he would spend time exploring outdoors. He followed his passion for wild things, although at the time he did not know it would turn out to be a career.
This television star’s career is made up of pure passion, and dedication to what he believes merely living. Inspired by nature Rich moved away from Idaho and settled in the Ruby Valley in southwest Montana. He did not live there as a loner because his wife followed him to live in the remote surrounded by mountains. During that time Rich honed his skill in exploring the wilderness and hunting. Alongside hunting for elk in the area, he pursued more dangerous creatures like a lion.
It was not long enough before people started to notice his ability and asked for help, and in return paid him money. He was able to secure the job of protecting villagers and their livestock in Ruby Valley. Even wildlife reserves would contact him to track and hunt the beast gone out of control.
Over the years Rich tracked down many lions taking care of villagers and their livestock in Ruby Valley. Along those adventures, Rich came face to face with many dangers. During one encounter, Rich lost a hound named Roxie that fell prey to lions.
Already a famed Lion hunter in the village, the bigger picture came calling. He was given a contract by the Mountain Men showrunners in 2013. Rich made his debut during the second season episode titled “Into the Wild” which premiered on the History channel on Jun 9, 2013. He regularly appeared making 83 appearances until six seasons. He left the show after “High and Dry” episodes on September 7, 2017. Rich did not win any kind of awards or nominations during his time on the reality television show.
After his departure, the following season young hunter Jake Herak was introduced. The fact Jake is also a Lion hunter and operates with a group of dogs while chasing lions gives you the similarity between the two hunters. Since Jake has been a regular cast member of the show. We can say Jake was brought in to replace the void left by Rich Lewis. For the part, if Rich Lewis is returning to Mountain Men, it looks like he has left for good and won’t be returning considering the showrunners went for another hunter with similar traits. Also, the picture becomes clearer once we look back at what rich said during his final season. In season six, he said that he was getting too old for the Lion hunter job.
Rich net worth grew significantly after joining television shows. Before that, he lived by hunting and protecting human life and livestock from wild beasts which did not yield him much. If you are wondering how rich this mountain man is, we got you covered. Rich has a net worth of $200,000.
Marriage and children:
Even though the media has focused on his professional traits, Rich had been married all along. He is married to Diane Lewis for over three decades. Diane accompanied him and supported him on his adventurous journey in Mountain Terrians of Montana. The pair lived together in Ruby Valley.
From their long conjugal years, it is an educated guess the couple must have a family of more than two. Nevertheless, Rich has not shared anything about having children or the family line extends with grandchildren.
Idaho, United States
Reality Television actor, Outdoorsman, HUnter
5 feet 10 inches (approx)
This is an update of the article written on June 13, 2019, at 5:24 am Universal time.