History Channel show “Mountain Men” has made us familiar with various people living an adventurous life in remote mountain terrains of the USA. Just like the “Houndsman” of Ruby Valley, Rich Lewis, who is a great Lion hunter to more subtle Tom Oar who manages to live off the grid near Yaak River in northwestern Montana. In this article, we are focusing on Tom Oar who left modern-day convenience for the hardship of woods around the ’70s joined by his wife.
Who is Tom Oar?
Tom Oar is the star of the History network show “Mountain Men.” The white bushy-bearded and the grey-haired man was born in 1943 in Illinois, USA. That makes his age around 76. American by nationality Tom is of Caucasian origin. His father Chike Oar was an entertainer and performed in “US Wild West shows”. Tom has a sibling named Jack whom he shares childhood memories.
Tom is a cowboy who turned a Mountain man. He spent half of his life rodeoing – 25 years with buckin’ horses and 18 years with fierce bulls. His last official ride came on saddle bronc at the age of 41.
Talking about his nature exploits, as grown-up Tom was appealed by living in the woods. Around 1970s Tom and his wife moved to remote Montana. When they first settled they had to travel 50 miles just to get groceries. The couple lived hunting and collecting foods in the heart of wood aided by the Yaak River as the source for water.
Over the years Tom did not have any kind of real job besides fur trapping which was enough to sustain the couple. The freezing winters have their toll but it is a blessing in disguise for Tom and his wife. Winters after winters Tom has worked as trapper the time of the year when snow in mountains slows down the animals and makes it easy to set trap and hunt.
During summer Tom and his wife visit towns to sell the clothes which are basically made up of buckskin. They put on sale different items such as brain tanned buckskin to custom clothing such as moccasins, shirts, trousers.
After quietly living in the mountain terrains of Montana for more than 30 years, the opportunity came knocking at Tom’s door. He was asked to be part of Mountain Men. He joined during the series premiere in 2012 and since the show has gone on to complete eight seasons. The show also features other naturalists and hunters as Eustace Conway, Marty Meierotto, Rich Lewis, Morgan Beasley, Jason Hawk.
In the remotes of Montana money does not mean much especially the way Tom and his wife Nancy have lived. They hunt, grow, and collect their food from mother nature. The couple has been fur trapping for years which has laid the foundation for their net worth. As of 2020, Tom has a net worth of $300,000, surprisingly high for being a mountain man, right? Well, no need, the majority of Tom’s net worth comes as the cast of “Mountain Men.”
Tom Oar Family, Wife, Children
Tom is not the one to talk about his personal matters. He is the one to left others amazed by his impressive trapping skills. Nevertheless, we know the hardworking mountain man is married to Nancy Oar. The impressive couple has been together for many years. The pair are said to have a blissful relationship. Nancy also joined him in the TV show. The pair is not known to have any children.
Tom has a son Chad Oar and daughter Keelie Oar who passed away at the age of 49 on April 26, 2015. The family line extends with Tanner Oar who is Tom’s grandson (Chad’s son). Both of Tom’s children are from Jan Frazer whom he married during the early years. There is little or no information about Tom’s ex-wife.
More About Tom Oar
Tom Oar is not active on the social media platform.
He began brain tanning as a hobby which later turned out to be a profession.
Despite the fact, Tom and his wife Nancy seem isolated they have cable at home.
Tom stepped down from the rodeoing due to health issues.