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Call of the Wildman

Call of the Wildman

Photo Credit:  Jonathan Hanson / Animal Planet
  • Premiered: 
    November 6, 2011
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  • Network: Animal Planet
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: animal

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  • Season 4
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Plot Synopsis

In this reality series, legendary Kentucky woodsman Ernie Brown Jr. (a.k.a. "Turtleman") takes on some of the most outlandish and outrageous nuisance calls these woods have to offer -- including raccoons, skunks, snakes, venomous spiders and possums. Each week, Turtleman receives calls from dozens of businesses and home owners stuck with unwanted and potentially deadly pests. No job is too tough or dangerous for Turtleman, and his years of bonding with wild animals allow him to use his animal instincts to save them. Never traditional but always effective, Turtleman uses pure instinct and his bare hands to go toe-to-claw with some of the most dangerous critters in Kentucky, but it's always for the animal's own good. With a "trademark" celebratory yell following each successful capture, Turtleman's self-taught trapping style allows him to safely reintroduce frisky critters to nature. For the past three decades, Turtleman has been diving into Kentucky's murkiest ponds in search of feisty snapping turtles capable of biting through bone. Accompanied by his canine companion Lolly and armed with country wits as sharp as the steel blade he carries, aptly named "Thunder," Turtleman has the uncanny ability to catch monster snapping turtles with his bare hands and return them into the wild unscathed. Animal Planet aired a sneak peek episode of this series on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 11pm ET, one week before the show's official premiere. CALL OF THE WILDMAN returned for a second season, which debuted on Sunday, June 2, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, with 20 new episodes of Ernie and his backwoods buddies protecting Kentucky, but also going across state lines to Texas and out of the country for their first international animal rescue. Animal Planet premiered the third season of CALL OF THE WILDMAN on Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, with a season opener that chronicled Turtleman coming face-to-face with a crafty critter he has never before tackled. Then, he and Team Turtle had to track a prized peacock that escaped from a local Renaissance Fair.
On Sunday, August 24, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on Animal Planet, CALL OF THE WILDMAN returned for its fourth season. In the season opener, "Trail Blazers," Turtleman hears the 'call of the wild' and heads deep into the woods with Neal James. They take on gnarly gar, a hive of honeybees, and a narrow cavern passage to find a Forgotten Valley deep in the way-backwoods Turtleman hasn't seen in years.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Sharp Entertainment