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Mountain Men: Trespassers Stomp on Eustace’s Freedom (Season 8) | History

Mountain Men: Trespassers Stomp on Eustace’s Freedom (Season 8) | History

[music playing] NARRATOR: In North Carolina’s
Blue Ridge Mountains– RALEIGH: I see a locust
tree here, Eustace. Yeah, that locust would
make some good bench stakes right there. NARRATOR: It’s been nearly
a year since Eustace Conway expanded Turtle Island
with the purchase of a new 90-acre plot of land. And with an $8,000
note due in the spring, he’s got work to do to
start paying it off. It’s good to make a piece
of land pay for itself any way you can, you know? That’s right. NARRATOR: He and 19-year-old
apprentice, Raleigh Avery, are here to harvest a few
prime trees for the mill. But before they cut, they’re
scouting for the most valuable wood they can find. We might be able to
get some of the land payments paid just right
here from this land itself. At the prices that poplar
is bringing right now, we could probably get $500
to $600 out of this one tree. Man, that’s a great tree there. Hey. Whoa. RALEIGH: What the heck? Is that a gut pile? EUSTACE: Yeah. Somebody’s been
hunting on my land. Strung it up right here. I don’t think this is
more than five hours old. Apparently blowing up
that still wasn’t enough. NARRATOR: Eustace has
high hopes for this land. But so far, it’s been more
challenging than he expected. Just three weeks
ago, he and Raleigh destroyed an illegal
moonshine still he found hidden in the bush. [explosion] [thump] Trespassers are a nuisance,
but poachers are a threat to Eustace’s livelihood. Let’s see if we can track ’em. We’ll maybe find out who it is. NARRATOR: The more competition
for meat in the area, the harder it is for
him to feed himself. EUSTACE: They’re just coming
in and taking my deer, taking my wood,
taking my freedom. That just drives me up the wall. RALEIGH: Look at this. What’s been going on here? Well, I don’t know, but it
looks like somebody’s been partying or something here. Again and again as I
travel this new land, I’m finding where people are
encroaching on this space. Whenever you buy
a piece of land, it’s not all a perfect
package, you know. You’ve got to take what you get. I come on this old mobile home. This thing is not
only an eyesore, but it’s attracting
people to it. NARRATOR: The
dilapidated trailer was left behind by
the previous owner, but he vacated the
place 10 months ago. That’s fresh. Either people haven’t figured
out that I’m owning it now, or they just don’t care. I wouldn’t want
to live in there. [laughs] Look how nasty it is. Yeah. It looks like
somebody just keeps coming back and coming back. Yeah. See those tire tracks? That’s recent, right there. It’s within a day. NARRATOR: The site sits
on the farthest edge of Eustace’s new property– too far to keep a
daily eye on, unless he hatches a surveillance plan. EUSTACE: Well, one
of the thoughts I’ve got to try to
deal with this problem is to build a cabin
or outpost camp. And if a poacher comes in here
and they see somebody living here, they might think
twice about coming in and just trespassing. NARRATOR: And Eustace has
the perfect watchdog in mind. EUSTACE: We just
need to let them know they can’t be in here. We need to get you up here. Just kinda get you to
watch over the place. Yeah. EUSTACE: I’m hoping that Raleigh
living here in this house will help just create a
presence on this land here that will deter trespassers. At least they’ll
know that we’re here, and they’ll know that we
know that they’re here. RALEIGH: Yeah. It probably won’t keep them
out still, but it’s something. EUSTACE: The first
step on this build site here is just to clear out
an area for the foundation. There’s a lot of reasons
to pick any building site. One of the main
reasons we picked this spot is because the
winter sun hits it real good, and it’s on the edge of a
bank, so we’re not using up good farming territory. Being right above a creek, we
have access to water and plenty of rocks to build a foundation. So we’re just trying to
make use of everything that we have here
that’s useful for us. I think we’ll have a pretty
good path up through there. NARRATOR: The
project also provides a valuable teaching opportunity
for the master and apprentice. EUSTACE: We don’t want just
an outpost camp for nothing but catching poachers. I can teach Raleigh
how to do this build. I mean, that’s really one of
the things he wants to learn. [creaking] I tell you what. If you can start
limbing it up, I’m gonna start shanking this up. OK. NARRATOR: The trees are too
rotted to be lumber grade, but Eustace will still
make a profit on them. EUSTACE: So there’s a
bunch of trees– oak– that will make
some good firewood. So we can sell that. In turn, buy some
nails and some screws. It pays for itself. Load it, and we’ll be
just about finished. I’m pretty excited about
getting this cabin built. And I want Raleigh to move in
and have him watch this area to cut down on the intrusion. He’s going to be able to help
me hopefully for years to come.

16 thoughts on “Mountain Men: Trespassers Stomp on Eustace’s Freedom (Season 8) | History”

  1. "Taking my deer" Sorry Eustace but just because you own the land doesn't mean you own the deer. We all own it, everyone in the public trust. Please refer to the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. Trespassing, however, is another issue. When I lived in NC, the burden was on property owners to post the property before trespassing could be legally pursued, this is not so true in most Western states. Regardless, the claim that anyone person in particular owns wildlife is a incorrect.

  2. Ha !Mountain men how to do everything simple and make it completely ridiculous to try . Real mountain men didn't work stupidly is this fool does

  3. Rename Mountain Men as The Real Housewives of The Mountains. Another fake trespassers/ poachers storyline, poorly scripted, badly acted and surprise surprise fake signs like the fake still that couldn’t produce an ounce of shine. History just present the day to day workings of the men.

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