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Season 7

"Ax Men" Season 7 is back in what promises to be the most dangerous and thrilling season yet. The seventh season features some new faces alongside familiar favorites.

From the Pacific Northwest to the Deep South, from mountaintop to river's bottom, these rough-and-ready loggers will go wherever and do whatever it takes to find the "Green Gold" worth millions as they compete in this year's race to be "King of the Mountain."

Logging is one of America's oldest jobs — and one of the most dangerous, claiming lives every year. Falling trees, bone-crushing equipment, razor-sharp cables and human error can kill in an instant. But for the "Ax Men," it's the life they know, the life they love and the life that makes them feel alive.

This season, a building boom has timber companies kicking into overdrive. They've got the biggest orders of their careers to fill, and at the highest prices. That means a big season for two-time reigning champion Rygaard Logging of Washington. Keeping the crown won't be easy for owner Gabe Rygaard, who's working on a difficult site, with an inexperienced team. And Gabe will have to do it without his father, Craig, who retired at the end of last season. Gabe's got even bigger problems when his arch-rivals Oakes Logging, who work in the same town, invade Rygaard's jobsite and try to dethrone the champ. Up in Alaska, Papac Logging, back from last year's devastating season-ending work stoppage, is once again in the fray. Mike Papac has taken on his company's biggest challenge to date, working mountainous terrain that have been declared "un-loggable," as two previous companies that were vanquished by the site can attest.

Meanwhile, down south, in Louisiana, Shelby "Swamp Man" Stanga gets the order of a lifetime that could make him a millionaire — a whopping 200,000 board feet of wood — but it might prove to be a bigger job than one man, even a man as gung-ho as Shelby, can handle. Over in Florida, the feisty Dreadknots team takes on their mentors, Chapman Logging, in a "log off," with the winner controlling the river logging rights for the entire northern half of the state.

The season's new faces include a couple of feisty Ax women. One is Katelyn M. Simsis, a knockout new member of the Deadknots. She's Kracken's cousin and every bit as tough as the boys. Then there's Adrienne Preiss, who joins the Papac crew. She's a rugged beauty whom a fellow logger describes as "my future ex-wife."

"Ax Men" is produced for History by Original Productions. Executive producers for History are Russ McCarroll and Wendy Greene. Executive producers for Original Productions are Thom Beers, Philip D. Segal, Jeff Conroy and Sarah Whalen. Jeff Meredith is co-executive producer.

Season 6

"Ax Men" Season 6 is back with eight crews embarking on the toughest challenges of their careers. They will be tested by each other and by their own headstrong desire to conquer Mother Nature. They come from the remote islands of Alaska, the massive forests of Canada, the high plains of Wisconsin, the murky underwater depths of northern Florida and Louisiana gator territory.

Reigning champ Rygaard Logging of Washington, run by the father-and-son team of Gabe and Craig Rygaard, is back to defend last year's title. But competitors are coming from all directions. In Alaska, Papac Logging, owned by Mike Papac, looks to reclaim the title. From Canada, Lemare Lake Logging returns to take another crack at the Dock Creek site that defeated them two years ago. In Oregon, Big Gun Logging is stepping up their game to throw down with the big boys. Down south, Shelby Stanga is back in the Louisiana swamps with a revolving crew of assistants that include his wife Donna, cousin Belinda and fearless niece Stephanie. In Florida, the father-son duo of Jimmy and James Smith set out to conquer a new river. But they've got company in the young, whip-smart Dreadknots.

What's more, a new type of logger emerges from the Midwest. The Wisconsin Woodchucks are harvesting 100-year-old wood from a crumbling building — but it's a house of cards where one wrong move could bring everything crashing down.

Season 5

"Ax Men" Season 5 is back, and the loggers are bigger, badder and tougher than ever. History Channel's "Ax Men" is the first ever non-fiction series about the treacherous life of Pacific Northwest timber cutters. Going deeper into the forest, high into the sky and even down into the sea, the new season follows two leading teams from last season along with three new companies, racing to fall the most timber during logging's most dangerous season.

For more than a hundred years, larger than life characters, many of whom are members of logging families who go back to the time when the West was being settled – have spent their days among towering trees and powerful machines and their nights in outposts far from the comforts of civilization. "Ax Men" tells the remarkable story, detailing the history of the logging industry and how technology has transformed life for today's logger, while the struggle of man versus nature stays the same.

Season 4 champs, Papac Logging, are back for Season 5 on a remote Alaskan island to defend their title. But with an unruly crew and competition from all directions, Mike Papac knows that it's easier to make it to the top than to stay there. In Washington, father-and-son team Gabe and Craig Rygaard return with a plan to double their production ... but it may double their troubles as well. In Oregon, Levi Brown is forming his own company of young guns, but first he has to convince his investors that they have what it takes to play with the big boys. From Montana comes newcomers Siderius Logging — a group of opinionated and charismatic cowboys who want to show the world that they can beat the West Coast guys at their own game.

Down south, Shelby "Swamp Man" Stanga is back with a revolving crew of assistants — wife Donna, cousin Belinda and a guy named "The Hog Man" — proving that the only thing more unpredictable than a day in the swamp is a day with these characters. Way down upon the Suawanee River, the father-son team Jimmy and James Smith return to go another round with Patrick "Pond Bear" Swilley and rival, Uncle Buck.

Danger is a full-time job, as these brave men put everything on the line each and every day to retrieve the timber with which we build our country. Snapped cables, runaway logs and razor-sharp chainsaws are just some of the dangers that threaten their lives daily. Even with new technology that should make the job easier, it all boils down to the toughness and perseverance of the logging crews. Anything and everything can and does go wrong. Not everyone will survive, but those who do will earn their place in a long line of men who call themselves "Ax Men."

Season 3

"Ax Men" Season 3 picks up with two of Oregon's top logging companies from last year, JM Browning Logging of Astoria and Vernonia's Pihl Logging. Adding to the competition are three newcomers, each bringing something different to the table. Rygaard Logging of Port Angeles, Washington, a fiery father-son team; R&R Conner Aviation of Conner, Montana, which utilizes helicopters to maximize its output; and S&S Aqua Logging of Aberdeen, Washington, a team of diving loggers who fish for timber in some of the Pacific Northwest's most treacherous waters.

Over the course of twelve episodes, "Ax Men" will follow these five logging crews through a season of fighting mechanical failures, relentless weather and unpredictable terrain. We'll witness how loggers battle the elements, picking up where their fathers and grandfathers left off, to conquer America's final frontier.