Charlie Wright is an American television personality, fisherman, trapper and environmentalist, born September 2 in Rampart, Alaska, USA. He is known for his appearance in the reality series “Yukon Men”.
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There is not much information about Wright’s childhood, early education or family. However, it is known that Charles – better known as Charlie – grew up in a small town near the Yukon River before moving to Tanana in his twenties.
Operator and handyman
Charlie Wright received water and sewer certification from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), making him an expert in water and wastewater treatment, distribution and collection.
Thanks to this qualification, he was able to work for more than 22 years as an operator of a water installation.
Charlie has lived in Tanana for over two decades and provides for his family by hunting. His extensive knowledge of the traditional activity was passed down through his ancestors, and today Charlie helps his small town neighbors solve problems related to hunting local animals and harvesting fur.
In addition, Charlie is a commissioner of Tanana Hunting and Fishing Taskforce, an organization that protects the hunting and fishing traditions of Alaskan Natives, as explained on its website: “These practices ensure the social, cultural, spiritual and economic well-being and survival of our people and communities.’
On November 13, 2019, Charlie posted a message on his official Facebook fan page to which he explained his mission as part of said organization: “We fight for Alaska Natives Rights to traditionally hunt, catch and fish. But most importantly, we try to preserve our ways of culture and resource use, without harming the delicate ecosystem. And by saving our wild stocks from Alaskan overhunting policies, we want to preserve the rights of future generations to continue their cultural history.”
Fishing and Advocate
Salmon fishing has been a tradition in the Yukon River area for thousands of years. Charlie Wright, an accomplished fisherman with decades of experience, is an advocate for salmon habitat protection: “I live off salmon all summer and most of the winter.
Our family fished commercially and I did for most of my childhood until I was closed in the area. I now live fish and raise my family on it. I want to make sure salmon is available to my community and the future.”
Wright has worked with several non-profit fishing organizations. He is a member of the guidance council of the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association, whose members are democratically elected to make decisions about salmon fisheries and its various practices. In addition, Charlie has assisted the Yukon River Intertribal Fish Commission in their mission to preserve the tribes’ fishing traditions and habits.
Yukon Men – Debut
Charlie is part of the main cast of the reality TV series “Yukon Men”. This reality documentary, which premiered in 2012, focuses on the lives of various trappers and hunters who live near the Yukon River in Tanana, Alaska.
Regarding his participation in the show, Charlie says it’s a good opportunity for viewers who haven’t experienced life in Alaska to get to know the lifestyle of the people: “I was very excited to let people know how we living here in the bush, and to let people know how hard it is to really live here with the prices we have to pay for fuel, gas and food and how hard it is to live off the land.’
The series received good reviews from viewers and pundits, but was also accused of misusing the term “Yukon,” mistaking the show’s cast for the Canadian people of Yukon Territory, thereby “stealing their identities.”
Regarding this issue, Canadian members of the Legislative Assembly complained to the Discovery Channel, saying that “Yukon Men” was an unfortunate portrayal of Yukon’s fishing and hunting traditions, which are “quite different” from the traditions seen in the show. .
The network’s president, Paul Lewis, considered the allegations, although he insisted clarified the disclaimer: ‘Life in remote Alaska is a deadly battle. Men hunt and fall to survive. Viewer’s discretion is advised.’
“Yukon Men” has also been criticized for allegedly showing scripted scenes. While this issue has been denied by the cast, they have made it clear that some events in the series have been dramatized to motivate viewers to keep watching.
While life on Tanana isn’t as dramatic as “Yukon Men” makes it seem, Charlie’s fellow cast member Stan Zuray stated: that all the things seen on the screen are real: ‘all the animals are real, all the hunting is real, all the fishing is real. Everything you’ve seen is done. Sometimes it’s just edited to make it understandable.”
Despite good reception and ratings, the broadcast of “Yukon Men” stopped in 2017.
Charlie Wright is married to Cheryl, although the exact time when the couple met and got married is unknown. It is speculated that they met as young children near the Yukon River.
The couple have four children together – three daughters named Samantha, Taneisha, Geneva and an only son Robert, who appears alongside his father in “Yukon Men” as he learns how to survive in Alaska and the intense weather conditions.
Charlie has an older son named Steven Wright, although information about him and his mother is unknown.
Charlie Wright’s brother-in-law, George Roberts, went missing in 2012. The unfortunate event was featured in episode “On Thin Ice” of “Yukon Men”, which focused on the search of Robert’s family and friends. Sadly, George was found dead in the Yukon River on April 28 of that year.
His death was caused by a snow machine accident while returning from a hunting expedition.
Charlie was responsible for informing his in-laws of Robert’s death and said with sadness of his passing: ‘George is gone, it’s like my own brother. We grew up together, we lived together. Everyone is close here. It’s like one family.”
Charlie Wright’s net worth is estimated at $450,000 as of mid-2020, which is a result of his appearances in “Yukon Men” and his earnings for his work as a fisherman, trapper and water plant operator.
Charlie is a strongly built man of white ethnicity. His eyes and hair are black, although his weight and height are unknown.
— Yukon Men (@YukonMenTV) March 30, 2016
Charlie once stated that he couldn’t stay alive without a gun in his town, stating that it was vital to his survival in the Alaskan wilderness.
Charlie confirmed on “Yukon Men” that wolves were ruthless animals that put people’s lives at risk. However, after research by “The Guardian” reporter Adam Welz, the number of wolf fatalities is incredibly low: “Even though the US and Canada have over 60,000 wolves, I found only two records of wild wolf fatalities in this country.” countries over the past ten years.
Charlie’s wife Cheryl is of Alaskan Native American descendant.