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The old Dolly Parton hit "9 to 5" isn't a tune worth humming for the blue-collar pioneers featured in "Filthy Riches." The series spotlights ingenious Americans who skirt a conventional workplace in favor of making a living in the deep rivers, soggy mud flats and wild backwoods of the U.S. Ray Turner, for example, has been catching eels in Delaware for 30 years. He uses a self-made smokehouse in the woods to cook the critters and sell them. Billy Taylor and his sons hunt for prized ginseng root in the Appalachians. Taylor, a fully licensed wild ginseng dealer, promotes sustainability by planting its berries. In Maine, Jim Campbell and Andy Johns make the coastal mud flats their office, as they dig for valuable bloodworms to sell to fishermen. And Greg Dahl and Albert DeSilva are burl hunters. A burl is a hard, unwieldy outgrowth on a tree, usually at the trunk. Burls have value because of the spectacular patterns found in them when cut open.

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aired 414 days ago
In the forests of Michigan, Chris and Levena are in a race against time to fill an order of prized wild mushrooms; Al takes a huge risk on a large burl; Ray suspects an eel thief; Jim and Andy run into their rivals.
aired 414 days ago
Ray Turner rebuilds his eel weir, Billy Taylor and sons hunt for ginseng, Andy and Jim hunt bloodworms, and Greg searches for box elder burls.
aired 545 days ago
Every day is a battle with the elements when making a living off the land.
aired 711 days ago
Chris and Levena face their biggest fear; Jim and Andy dig a the notoriously dangerous Marauder's Cove; Ray Turner is smoked out of his shop.
aired 711 days ago
Ray's smoking operation comes to a halt when his stove breaks down; searching for a monster gator that has been stealing bait; Jim and Andy's last urchin dive of the season; Cliff comes face to face with his biggest fear.
aired 711 days ago
Jim and Andy seek revenge after a devastating blow on Hermit Island; a potential $500 order for mushroom hunters Chris and Levena; Ray Turner tries to keep his smoking operation going; a bait thief costs the Cajun boys thousands.
aired 711 days ago
With gator season halfway done, gators become increasingly difficult to bag; Jim and Andy throw caution to the wind in pursuit of worms and dollars as they strike out to dig in the midst of a nasty storm.
aired 711 days ago
Gator hunters in bayou country try to turn their luck around before they are out a big payday; worm diggers hang up their rakes to give dive tanks a shot; something is steeling eels from a trap.
aired 718 days ago
Digging sandworms; an eel fisherman rebuilds after mother nature destroys his trap; hunting for 1500 pounds of buckeye; gator hunters continue their hot streak.
aired 718 days ago
Rushing to prepare for eel migration in N.Y.; opening day of alligator season in La.; worm diggers in Maine prepare to get back in the mud; mushroom hunters in the hills of W. Va.
aired 718 days ago
Burl hunters Al DeSilva and Herb Deliz have discovered a pepperwood burl; Billy Taylor is in a race against time.
aired 718 days ago
Billy is on a mission to fill a 60-pound order of wild ginseng so he calls on the help of his son, Bill Jr.
aired 725 days ago
As the weather turns colder, those that live off the land have to work harder to make a living.
aired 839 days ago
Jim and Andy feel the wrath of Mother Nature's plunging temperatures; weather in New York nearly shuts down Ray's eel weir; Cliff tries to beat autumn rains in California to tackle his biggest job of the season.
aired 845 days ago
Burl hunter Albert must race to the canyons of CA to fill a large order. He finds two burls he thinks will work, but will be dangerous.
aired 853 days ago
In the great American wild, cold hard cash is just waiting to be found and only a select few know where to look.

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