• "Mountain Monsters" is a reality TV series which follows a team of 6 people (A.I.M.S. team) native West Virginian trappers and hunters, who seek out unidentified creatures in the Appalachian Mountains.
• The show first aired in 2013 on the Destination America network, and was renewed for a sixth season on the Travel Channel in 2019.
• The A.I.M.S. team was established by John ‘Trapper’ Tice, trap builder Willy McQuillian, and researcher Jeff Headlee.
• There is some debate on whether the show is real or fake.
• The team is composed of John ‘Trapper’ Tice, Jacob ‘Buck’ Lowe, Joseph ‘Huckleberry’ Lott, Jeff Headlee, Willy McQuillian, and William ‘Wild Bill’ Neff.
What is “Mountain Monsters”?
“Mountain Monsters” is a reality television series, which follows the team of six people called the Appalachian Investigators of Mysterious Sightings (A.I.M.S.) team. They are native West Virginian trappers and hunters, who investigate or seek unidentified creatures in the Appalachian Mountains.
New Season on Travel Channel
The reality series “Mountain Monsters” premiered on 22 June 2013 on the Destination America network, and was aired for five seasons until 2017.
After being on a hiatus for two years, it was announced the series renewal on Travel Channel, so the series was returned to the air for a sixth season with a special two-hour premiere on 21 August 2019.
Cast – A.I.M.S Team
The A.I.M.S. team is a cryptozoology investigation crew who are looking for potential 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 established by the late John ‘Trapper’ Tice, trap builder Willy McQuillian, and researcher Jeff Headlee.
Other members of the team are expert caller Jacob ‘Buck’ Lowe, security Joseph ‘Huckleberry’ Lott, and expert tracker William ‘Wild Bill’ Neff. They use their own techniques to try and find creatures. As part of that, they also frequently meet with people who have noticed something strange, and believed that they spotted some creature.
Is It Real or Fake?
In April 2015, the founder of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization Matt Moneymaker tweeted that the show “Mountain Monsters” was scripted and fake, and that the members of the A.I.M.S. team were just good actors.
John ‘Trapper’ Tice tweeted back that he was not an actor, and that he sometimes felt that Matt’s show should be called “Losing Bigfoot” instead of “Finding Bigfoot”. The online conflict was continued, leaving viewers confused as to whether the show is real or fake.
John ‘Trapper’ Tice
John R. Tice, also known by his nickname of ‘Trapper’, was born on 24 May 1947 in West Virginia, and was raised in the mountains. He was the founder of the A.I.M.S. team and made appearances as a trapper and tracker in more than 50 episodes of ‘Mountain Monsters’ after it premiered in 2013, until 2019.
John had some serious health issues, and passed away on 16 December 2019 at the age of 72. He earned over $20,000 per episode and his net worth was estimated at over $1 million at the time of his death. He spent some time serving in the US Air Force, and was a Vietnam veteran. He developed various survival skills which helped him to lead the investigate team in the show. He was quite secretive person, however, it’s known that he is survived by three children, Dr. Jared Ryan Tice, John David Tice, and Laura Melinda Tice.
Jacob ‘Buck’ Lowe
Jacob Lowe, who also goes by the nickname ‘Buck’, has been a part of ‘Mountain Monsters’ since the first episode of the first season, appearing in six seasons and almost 60 episodes. He became recognized as a fearless and daring personality. On the other hand, he is very secretive regarding his personal life. He earns over $18,000 per episode, soas of early 2020, he has accumulated around $1 million. Moreover, 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 under the nickname ‘Huckleberry’. He joined the main cast of “Mountain Monsters” in the very beginning, so he has been active as a reality TV star since 2013. Joseph reached fame as an avid hunter and trapper, and serves as security. He’s appeared in all episodes of the show, which has increased his wealth since he is paid approximately $16,000 per episode – Joseph’s net worth is estimated at over $500,000 as of early 2020. It’s known that he married on 4 October 2004.
Jeff Headlee is one of the founders of the A.I.M.S. research team, so he has been a member of the show since it started. His role in “Mountain Monsters” is unique since he is in charge of the technology equipment, including operating a thermal camera for hunting creatures during the night. His income per episode is over $24,000, which has earned him a total net worth estimated at $700,000. Jeff has been married to Tammy Headlee for more than two decades, and they have two children named Alex and Cody Headlee.
Willy McQuillian is also a co-founder of the A.I.M.S. team, appearing in all episodes of the show “Mountain Monsters”. He is known for being an excellent builder of the traps, and is also involved in hunting. Information regarding his earning per episode has not been revealed, but his net worth is estimated to be over $600,000.
William ‘Wild Bill’ Neff
William Neff, better known by the nickname ‘Wild Bill’, was born and raised in West Virginia just like the other five cast members. He served in the US Marine Corps, then developed his skills in tracking and hunting large animals. William earned around $17,000 per episode, and has accumulated a net worth of more than $500,000 to date. He also contributed to his fortune through appearing as Will in the short drama film “Barking” in 2019.