What is “Mountain Monsters”?
“Mountain Monsters” is a reality television series, which follows the team of six people, the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (AIMS) team. They are native West Virginian trappers and hunters, who investigate or search for unidentified creatures in the Appalachians.
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New season on Travel Channel
The reality series “Mountain Monsters” premiered on June 22, 2013 on the Destination America network and aired for five seasons until 2017.
After a two-year hiatus, the series’ renewal was announced on Travel Channel, so the series was rebroadcast for a sixth season on August 21, 2019 with a special two-hour premiere.
Cast – AIMS Team
The AIMS team is a cryptozoology research team seeking possible evidence of the existence of such mysterious and mythical creatures as Mothman, Lizard Man, Hellhound, Werewolf and Bigfoot in the Appalachian Mountains. The team was founded by the late John ‘Trapper’ Tice, trap builder Willy McQuillian and researcher Jeff Headlee.
Other members of the team include expert caller Jacob ‘Buck’ Lowe, security Joseph ‘Huckleberry’ Lott and expert tracker William ‘Wild Bill’ Neff. They use their own techniques to find creatures. As part of that, they also often meet people who noticed something strange and believed they had seen some creature.
Is it real or fake?
In April 2015, Bigfoot Field Investigators Organization founder Matt Moneymaker tweeted that the “Mountain Monsters” show was fake and that the members of the AIMS team were just good actors.
John ‘Trapper’ Tice tweeted back that he was not an actor and that sometimes he thought Matt’s show should be called “Losing Bigfoot” instead of “Finding Bigfoot”. The online conflict continued, leaving viewers confused as to whether the show is real or fake.
John ‘Trapper’ Tice
John R. Tice, also known by his nickname “Trapper,” was born on May 24, 1947 in West Virginia and grew up in the mountains. He was the founder of the AIMS team and acted as a trapper and tracker in over 50 episodes of ‘Mountain Monsters’ after it premiered in 2013 until 2019.
John had serious health problems and died on December 16, 2019 at the age of 72. He made over $20,000 per episode and his net worth was estimated to be over $1 million at the time of his death. He served in the United States Air Force for some time and was a Vietnam veteran. He developed several survival skills that helped him lead the research team on the show. He was quite secretive, but is known to be survived by three children, Dr. Jared Ryan Tice, John David Tice and Laura Melinda Tice.
Jacob ‘Buck’ Lowe
Jacob Lowe, also nicknamed ‘Buck’, has been part of ‘Mountain Monsters’ since the first episode of the first season, which appeared in six seasons and nearly 60 episodes. He was recognized as a fearless and daring personality. On the other hand, he is very secretive about his personal life. He makes over $18,000 per episode, so as of early 2020, he has amassed about $1 million. In addition, he increased his wealth starring in the role of Eugene Beckwith in the documentary “A murder in the park” in 2014.
Joseph ‘Huckleberry’ Lott
Joseph ‘Joe’ Lott is also recognized by the nickname ‘Huckleberry’. He joined the main cast of “Mountain Monsters” in the beginning, so he has been active as a reality TV star since 2013. Joseph became known as an avid hunter and trapper and serves as a security guard. He has appeared in all episodes of the show, increasing his net worth since he is paid approximately $16,000 per episode – Joseph’s net worth is estimated to be over $500,000 as of early 2020. He is known to have married on October 4, 2004.
Jeff Headlee is a founding member of the AIMS research team, so he’s been a member of the show since its inception. His role in “Mountain Monsters” is unique in that he is in charge of the technological equipment, which includes operating a thermal camera for hunting creatures during the night. His income per episode is over $24,000 which has left him with a total net worth estimated at $700,000. Jeff has been married to Tammy Headlee for over two decades and they have two children named Alex and Cody Headlee.
Willy McQuillian is also a co-founder of the AIMS team, which is featured in all episodes of the “Mountain Monsters” show. He is known as an excellent trap builder and is also involved in hunting. Information about his earnings per episode has not been disclosed, but his net worth is estimated at over $600,000.
William ‘Wild Bill’ Neff
William Neff, better known by the nickname ‘Wild Bill’, was born and raised in West Virginia like the other five cast members. He served with the US Marine Corps and then developed his skills in tracking and hunting large animals. William made about $17,000 per episode and has built a net worth of over $500,000 to date. He also contributed to his fortune by appearing as Will in 2019 in the short drama film “Barking”.